Behind the Scenes – Holy Land Moments with The Fellowship – June 23
Behind the Scenes
Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—became insolent —Numbers 16:1
Each week in synagogue, Jews read through the Torah from Genesis to Deuteronomy. The Torah portion for this week is Korach, which means “Korah,” from Numbers 16:1–18:32.
Since stepping into the role of President and CEO of The Fellowship, I have assumed a highly visible profile. People know me because of the job I do. They see me welcoming new immigrants to Israel who have arrived on The Fellowship’s Freedom Flights. They see me visiting elderly Holocaust survivors to bring them lifesaving food and medicine. I interact with government officials and media on behalf of the people we serve.
I love my job. I love being able to help all these people and bring Christians and Jews together for God’s purposes. But it’s the job I do behind the scenes that is truly most important to me. That’s the job of being a wife, a mother to my four beautiful children, being a daughter, sister, and a friend.
And, as is so often the case, the most important jobs are the ones that people don’t see.
This week’s Torah portion opens with the infamous rebellion of Korah and his followers. Three men, aside from Korah, are singled out in the first verse: “Dathan and Abiram … and On son of Peleth.” Interestingly, while we hear plenty about Dathan and Abiram in the following verses, nothing more is said about On. What was his fate?
According to Judaism’s Oral Tradition, it was On’s wife who acted powerfully upon his behalf. She reasoned with him to reconsider serving Korah. She gave him a strong drink, so he was asleep when Korah’s men came to get him. And finally, she prayed for her husband’s life to be spared, and her prayer was answered.
So it might seem strange that the story of On’s wife isn’t recorded in the Bible, but that’s exactly the point. The world is often moved by those working behind the scenes. It’s the mother who encourages her child. The wife who advises her husband well. The friend who supports another friend during a hard time. The teacher who inspires a student who goes on to do great things.
Like the wind that goes unseen but powerfully blows a ship towards its destination, we can quietly and humbly support our loved ones and help them become all that they can.
As we honor the fathers and men in our lives this month, download this complimentary chapter about teaching our children wisdom from Yael Eckstein’s book, Generation to Generation: Passing on the Legacy of Faith to Our Children.
Won’t you join The Fellowship in supporting Israel and her people, and in helping fulfill prophecy?
Be merciful to those who doubt (Jude 1:21).
Do you want to know how you can make a difference in this world? There is a simple way to minister to those around you. The short book of Jude tells you: Be merciful to those who doubt (Jude 1:21).
You don’t have to go very far to find someone living in doubt about something. Maybe they doubt:
- that God loves them,
- that God has forgiven their sins, or
- that they are genuinely saved.
As humans, we all carry doubts. It’s one of the consequences of sin. It left us insecure and un-certain about all the most important issues of life.
When you meet someone filled with doubts, show them mercy. Don’t judge them, berate them or disassociate from them. Instead, reach out to them with understanding and compassion.
Because God showed you mercy. When you were full of doubt, He reached down to you with love and was merciful to you.
When you were doubting that your sins had been forgiven, his Spirit reminded you of the once for all sacrifice of Christ and spoke these words to your heart, “In Christ, you have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7).
When you were struggling with salvation, these words assured your heart, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).
When you doubts were filling your mind with fear, God was merciful to you.
Are you doubting the love of God right now? Do you worry that you are beyond the reach of God’s forgiveness? Do you wonder if you’ve done enough?
Don’t be ashamed or afraid to bring those worries and fears to God. God wants you to live with the conviction that nothing can separate you from his love. He wants you to rest in the for-giveness that is yours in Christ. He wants you to walk daily with the confidence that you are his and that you are eternally saved.
Trust him today. He is merciful. He will turn those doubts to assurance and peace.
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About Bob Christopher and Bob Davis
Bob Christopher: Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Bob grew up in a Christian home and received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 13. During his high school and college years, Bob’s deepest desire was to be “God’s guy” and yet he struggled with the question of how to live the Christian life.
His “roller-coaster” experience in living the Christian life eventually led him to a bible study where he discovered what he was missing—the life of Jesus Christ.
Bob says: “Salvation isn’t a self-improvement program. Salvation is receiving and experiencing new life altogether. It’s a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ based on His love and truth”.
Bob Davis: In the summer of 1977, at the age of 33, Bob Davis met the living Christ and invited Jesus to take control of his life. Much of his first five years in Christ found Bob attending Bible conferences and seminars, listening to Christian radio, and performing volunteer ministry services.
Bob spent many years in the fields of broadcasting and audio production for Christian radio and as a result of this work, the message of grace penetrated his heart and he embraced his new life in Christ.
Bob says: “I thank God I’ve had the opportunity to serve these many years. It has been an incredible journey of learning, growth, and opportunity for ministry.”
Andrew Farley: Andrew is a member of the Basic Gospel board of directors, senior pastor of Ecclesia: Church Without Religion in Lubbock, Texas, and bestselling author of five Christian books. Andrew is a weekly contributing host of Basic Gospel and shares the life-changing message of the finished work of Jesus Christ in a calm, sometimes comical, always passionate way.
Andrew says: “Basic Gospel Radio proclaims the finished work of Jesus Christ and the beautiful, liberating implications of what it means for us to live under God’s new covenant of grace.”
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