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Spend a moment with me and investigate this brick wall.
Forgive me for being presumptuous, but I believe the first thing that anyone will notice when they take even a cursory glance at this wall, is the fact that it has a giant crack running through it, from the top to the bottom of our view. But let’s examine this wall a little closer for another minute and truly investigate the nature of this divide. Starting from what I like to call a monet view, a little further away, taking in the full picture not only visually, but in terms of the implications this image provides. The wall has a giant crack running through it, that is true - but there is a much “deeper” implication here. This wall is compromised. This wall is weakened, disjointed, and disconnected. This wall can no longer fulfill its potential and full purpose.
Not only can the wall no longer perform to the standard that was required of it, but it also looks aesthetically terrible. People wouldn’t trust this wall with very much of their own weight - neither would they trust this wall with the weight of something valuable to them, like their own family. Additionally, I think that it is safe to assume that the average onlooker would decide that whatever force came against this wall was more powerful than the wall itself. As it pertains to our understanding of physics, there is no doubt that this must be true.
Now let’s look a little more closely. The wall is made up of many individual bricks. When whatever pressure was applied to this wall, we can see that some of the individual bricks were themselves broken in two, and others were simply disconnected from their neighbor. Not only can the wall in its entirety no longer perform its full purpose, but even some of the individual bricks themselves can no longer do so either. Now look at the way they were interconnected. One brick overlaps another two or three below it to receive their support, and each brick also itself provides support to another two or three bricks above it (for the most part). It’s safe to say, that because of those bricks that were separated and broken, the surrounding bricks are now fundamentally less stable as well.
For each brick that was broken, many other bricks near it have also lost their cohesion, their stability and their support. The structural integrity of this wall is most notably weak right near the crack, but the weakness generated by the success of this crack against the wall, generally has created a weakness that reverberates throughout the entirety of the wall.
Simply put, when we consider the damage closely, we find that the problem isn’t simply that there are cracks in individual bricks, and that each of those bricks in themselves are now incapable of performing their own intended duty, but that weakness in the individual bricks has caused weakness in the entire wall. Whether this picture was merely a picture of an individual brick with a crack in it, or a large wall, the understanding is still the same.
Now let’s consider the structure of the bricks as individuals. Generally speaking, they look the same. These bricks were made with very similar qualities, with the same materials, and with the same measurements. Sure, the nature of the substance of the bricks, combined with external influences have caused them to take on different shades and small characteristics rendering each one somewhat unique externally; but internally, the bricks are all made of the same material. They are all intended to perform the same function, and they all look generally to be made with the same dimensions. They belong together. Certainly, the builder of this wall intentionally excluded other brick types that did not fit in with the ones he’d chosen to build with.
"Certainly, the builder of this wall intentionally excluded other brick types that did not fit in with the ones he’d chosen to work with."
Now I think for most of you, the direction this discussion is headed is likely already evident. The bricks represent each of us as individuals who are conformed to the image our maker intended. The first brick implemented in this wall, the corner stone itself, is Messiah. We are called to be conformed to His image, made in His likeness, and bonded together by His Word. The wall as a whole represents Yah’s chosen. Those He has selected to be built into this wall for His purpose and His glory. Before we discuss the glaring issue, the massive crack running through the wall, I think it is important to mention that each of us may maintain some external differences and colors because of influences outside our control or because of past experiences; however, the same set of schematics, or instructions, must be used in order to conform us into the same substance.
We must be made of the same thing, we must measure “likeness” with the same directions. Our overall shape, size, weight, purpose and fitness for use can only be identical if we all agree to be measured with the same standard. If each of us decide on our own what is “fitting” for this wall, we cannot be conformed. If we truly want to fit into this wall and connected to the cornerstone, we must measure ourselves with the same blueprint that the cornerstone was measured with. We must determine to truly walk as He walked. We must truly have faith that Messiah provided the perfect template with His own example. We know without question, that Messiah was measured as righteous according to Yah’s beautiful and perfect Torah, or instructions. To be like Him we must never disregard these instructions. But that is not the point of this demonstration. The TRUE purpose is to examine the giant crack.
4 "As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house—a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Messiah Yeshua. 6 For it says in Scripture,
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone,
a chosen, precious cornerstone.
Whoever trusts in Him
will never be put to shame.”
7 Now the value is for you who keep trusting; but for those who do not trust,
“The stone which the builders rejected—
this One has become the chief cornerstone,”
“a stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they are disobeying the word—to this they were also appointed."
1 Peter 2:4-8
The giant crack is sin.
Sin is what separates us from each other and distances us from our Almighty Creator. It is sin that weakens the integrity of the entire wall. Sin has ripped some of the individual members apart within themselves and sin has separated one member from another. Sin has rendered the entire wall weaker, given it a bad appearance, destroyed trust, and diminished the purpose of all those in proximity to it. Certainly, it might also be said that whatever sin moved against this wall was stronger than many of the individual bricks and the relationships between them.
I know that this analogy isn’t perfect, and some may even attempt to poke “holes” in it (pun intended), but generally speaking, it should be clear that when sin is allowed into the life of one person within the wall being built up by Messiah Himself, it creates a weakness that tends to spread throughout. First, it may spread through the individual, who being weakened by temptation and demonstrating compromise in even a single area of life, often allows compromise in other areas as well. Sin spreads within the individual, it is a virus. Sin weakens the spiritual immune system and allows other ailments to prevail. More to the point, sin tends to cause an individual brittle nature that eventually cracks under the pressure of others around needing support. The crack begins and spreads through the wall.
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” - Romans 5:12
“Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” -James 1:15
Thankfully, our Messiah has also brought with Him the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-18) and will heal even the deepest of wounds if we truly repent. By His healing power we can be made new, as He is faithful and just to forgive us:
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9
The question still must be asked; however, “how did the crack get there in the first place?" "How was sin more powerful than the substance of which we are made?” The answer to this is actually quite simple, we allow it. When we walk in faith and in the image of Messiah daily, utilizing the full armor of YHWH and refusing to make compromises, we are ensured that nothing can destroy us, Yah will defend and avenge us, and nothing can separate from the love of Yah in Messiah Yeshua (Romans 8:38-39); however, when we grant access to sin, giving it legal right to wreak havoc on our lives, it is a completely different story.
Soon, I’ll be sharing another post which details 7 ways sin enters into our lives, but for now it must be noted that sin is given power to destroy by…
What we hear
What we see
What we say
What we do
By the enemy’s provocation
By our own perverted desires
By our perversion of each other
Brothers and sisters, may we no longer live with a mindset that allows us to believe the lie that our sin only affects our own individual walk with Messiah Yahusha. Many are already aware that it was the prayer of our Messiah that we be one, just as He and the Father are one (John 17:22). So now, when we truly investigate the power of what it means to be called echad (one), we must also remember that every decision we make will impact everyone else connected to the spiritual house He's building. Compromising holiness in one area of our personal life, may quickly develop into compromises elsewhere. Ultimately, the crack called "sin" will spread throughout the entirety of the wall if left untreated.
"Put on the whole armour of Yah, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." - Ephesians 6:11
May YAHUAH EL ELYON richly bless you and bestow great grace upon us all. The battle is just beginning. Shalom.
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