This article was first published here on March 5th 2018.
The word Shaliach,
has several meanings in modern Hebrew: apostle, public servant, anyone with
a sense of divine mission or purpose, and even ... a delivery man.
The two of us were sitting in Asher's home recently talking about some
of the controversy concerning the renewal of apostolic and prophetic
ministry in Israel today when Ron received a phone call from someone trying
to make a delivery to his home. The delivery man was speaking so loudly
that Asher could hear the whole conversation.
Ron had ordered a new blender for his kitchen. The delivery man showed up
at his home, but of course Ron wasn't there. So he called to make
arrangements and asked if he could leave it with a neighbor. Ron agreed.
While still on the line, the delivery man knocked on the door, and
Ron's neighbor called out through the closed door, "Who is it?" The
delivery man answered loudly, "Shaliach, shaliach."
We looked at each other and broke out laughing. For us as Israelis, it
seemed like a divine joke with a potent and humbling message: if the guy
delivering a blender can scream that he is a "shaliach", then maybe we
shouldn't be "screaming" so loud about apostles and prophets in the
church today—the potential for pride is just too great.
Let's take the whole issue down a few levels of humility. At the end
of the day (at least in Israel), even a delivery man can be an "apostle",
and a true apostle is nothing more than God's errand boy.
One day an alcoholic man, 50 years
old and very sick in body, came to Beit HaYeshua rehabilitation
center. He stayed just 2 weeks and wonderfully received salvation. He was
full of joy, smiling and totally changed. However, soon afterwards he
passed away! Roni, who co-leads the rehabilitation ministry, met the
father of the deceased, a believer. The father, even though grieving,
rejoiced that his prayers had been answered and his son saved.
All recovering addicts who attend the center are members of the linked
While the state rehab system sees less than a 1% recovery rate from drugs
and alcohol after 5 years, Beit HaYeshua sees 65% of those who finish our
one-year program (pictured) still free after 5 years - to the glory of
Please pray for the continued complete healing of many drug and alcohol
addicts - spirit, soul, and body.
to support the work of Revive Israel.
There have been comments to this article ...
8:39am 06Mar18, MB: Thank you for these short articles. They are so helpful,
especially because I know I don't need to set aside a lot of time
to read them. Being short and impactful is a great blessing -
1:13pm 06Mar18, Joy C. Lyle: So grateful! The Father in Heaven was so merciful to this man and
his Father! He answers our prayers we pray in Yeshua's Name!!
3:05pm 06Mar18, SC: I totally agree with you! I do genealogy research for my family,
not to find out who I am because I know already, I am a child of
God. To me it is interesting to study the history, find out who
became a believer, etc. Plus you learn there is nothing new under
the sun in human nature. This is why Yeshua willingly gave up
His life for all of us past, current and future.
8:50am 19Mar18, Mark: My wife and I minister at residential drug and alcohol recovery
center. So many will begin to weep when they hear us say that
Jesus does not hate them for their failures, that he loves them
so much that he bore their shame, guilt, and all the punishment
for their sins on the cross. We always witness God's mighty
power when ministering to these hurting, broken men and women who
have no idea how much they are loved by God!
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