In the last few decades a large number of Hispanic immigrants have come to America. One of the controversies that has emerged from this circumstance is the fact that many of the newcomers are holding onto their former culture and way of life. Some legislators are asking for bilingual voting ballots for those who haven’t learned the English language. And there are communities where the Hispanics maintain their language, culture and customs largely intact. Without learning the language of the country there will always be limitations as to how involved and informed they can be about what is really going on, and what our long term objectives are as a nation.
Obviously many immigrants want the benefits of living in America without getting too deeply concerned with our basic heritage. Many Americans are deeply offended by this seemingly inconsiderate attitude, but on the other hand when someone comes in and shows the humility to put forth the tremendous effort to learn a new language and to become a helpful citizen they are quite often received well.
Now imagine this scenario. Suppose we have been supernaturally invited to join a heavenly kingdom that is of another world. Suppose this other kingdom has cultures, customs and a language that we are not accustomed to. Would we try to come into that kingdom to reap the benefits without really getting to know the culture and the mind set? Would we try to take advantage of the tremendous wealth of this new nation without humbling ourselves and stumbling through the awkwardness of learning the language and familiarizing ourselves with the long term heritage that has brought them freedom and prosperity? How could we fully appreciate this Heavenly kingdom without trying to learn the Heavenly language? How can we learn this new culture if we stay in our own little cultural community? Admittedly it is hard to teach old dogs new tricks, but I have noticed that second generation immigrants can often speak both languages fluently. Even if we never become proficient at the Heavenly language it would be proper to encourage our children to pick it up in their youth, so that it will become more natural to them.
In Zeph. 3 it says that when the Kingdom comes that the Almighty will turn us to a pure language so that we can all call upon the name of Yahvah. But in the meantime the least we can do is continue to seek out the old paths and contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Until we see the complete restoration of all things we can take steps in that direction as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
In Zechariah 8 Yahvah speaks of a day when Jerusalem shall once again be call a city of truth, and many people and strong nations shall come to seek Yahvah. In verse 23 He says that …..ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that (Elohim) is with you.
Yahshua Himself said that “salvation is of the Jews”. He came the first time as the Jewish sacrificial lamb and will appear the second time as the Jewish lion of the tribe of Judah.
Many people took hold of Yahshua’s skirt because they could see that Yahvah was with Him. Most biblical teachers have relied to some extent on former generations of teachers who have blazed a trail for us, such as John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, and William Bradford. These men had to learn some Hebrew concepts from someone to be able to rightly divide the word of Yahvah. Whether we realize it or not we are indebted to the Jews who have faithfully retained their language and heritage. Are there Jewish people today that we can learn from or emulate? Eliezer Ben Yehuda was instrumental in reviving the Hebrew language several decades ago. After reading his life story and reviewing the results of his lifework, I would conclude that he was led of the Holy Spirit to accomplish the things that he did. It would appear that he was empowered by the Savior that he did not officially know, because he bore the fruits of the spirit. Today we are benefitting from the work that he did. But the challenge is for us to humble ourselves and submit to the King of the Jews and follow Him wherever He goes.
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