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Good Morning.

“And said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people, and give this land to your descendants after you as an everlasting possession.’” (Genesis 48:4)

In a follow up to yesterday’s devotion, I want to discuss another Hebrew word translated as “congregation” — it is edah. This comes from a root word that means “witness.” When it comes to the purpose of His kahal — congregation — we know that it is to be a witness of the One and Only God and His Messiah. One of the last instructions Messiah gave to His disciples was:

“You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

The word kahal is actually related to the Hebrew word kol which means “voice” or “sound.” When you consider what a kahal is then the idea behind it is multiple voices saying the same thing — proclaiming the praises of Him who has brought us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Those who confess that Yeshua is the Messiah and Son of the Living God acknowledge the “Rock” upon which He is building His kahal or church. These are the people called to bear witnesses to the resurrected Messiah and the Good News of the Kingdom. 

If that was the mission given to Messiah’s disciples two thousand years ago, then it remains the mission today. As His kahal — His church and His witnesses — we are to combine our voices in the declaration that God has raised Him from the dead and, therefore, we can have faith and hope in the Living God.

Blessings and Shalom,  




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