ORDINATION OF FIRST YOUNG ELDER AT AHAVAT YESHUA
We recently witnessed a milestone achievement at our congregation in Jerusalem: Jonathan, our son-in-law, was ordained as an elder. Why a milestone? The major leaders of the Messianic Jewish movement both in the States and in Israel are growing older. Most of us are in our middle to late sixties and we sense that there is a growing urgency to pass the torch on to the next generation. This has triggered great resistance in the spiritual realm as the enemy does not want generational transfer to succeed. Many ministries falter or stumble when the founder or founding generation step back or die in harness. But this is not the biblical model: Israel was established as a people and as a nation of God on the basis of God's visiting Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with the vision for them and their 'seed' in relationship with himself. Then, God used Moses to solidify the people as a nation, through signs and wonders, an outstretched arm and the giving and making of a formal covenant. Finally, Joshua led the people into the Land to take possession of the inheritance he had promised to the patriarchs.
Each generation must receive a fresh revelation of the vision and purpose of a movement of God in order for that movement not to stagnate. Each successive leader must lead out of and commit to the vision because they have received it as a conviction in their own heart, not just because it was what his predecessors believed. He must have the sense of having been personally called into the vision and not simply operate in maintenance mode or drift into a holding pattern. With Jonathan and his wife, Simcha, we have a couple who are passionate for the apostolic/prophetic establishment of a people in Israel … a restored people moving in the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Their convictions go deep and they have been willing to pay the price to take on the responsibility of shepherding a flock into this vision.