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Revelation: Crisis reveals

“Even sinners love those who love them.” – Yeshua

The Gospel is not made for a perfect day in the Garden of Eden, but for the day of trouble. A picnic on a perfect spring day in the park with plenty of fried chicken, furnished by Believers on one side, and the Mafia on the other, all arrayed with friends and family and children, might appear completely identical to the eye. One might be hard put to distinguish between the two groups- until crisis arises.

When the foot of the Mafioso is tread upon, love evaporates and is replaced by its vengeful counterpart, often with tragic results, whereas in the other group of the Devout, when the same occurrence arises, the Gospel of forgiveness, love and reconciliation then comes into play- or theoretically should. But, unfortunately, that is not always the case. The human condition, being what it is, has left the believing community with as many broken relationships, divisions, divorces and even tragedies as in the world of those we call unbelievers.This ought not to be.

It is the crisis that reveals if the fabric is dyed-in-the-wool and woven into a firm garment, or if it is merely a surface print on thin fabric that tears asunder at the first strain. The two may appear identical while sitting folded on the shelf, or in the pew, just as do the wheat and the tares that grow up together in the field. But in the end it is only the true wheat that will ultimately prevail and be garnered to the Kingdom, and that by the grace and mercy of God.

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Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published two illustrated books of poetry, and painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.

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