Dan and Patty Juster
The Identity of the Church in Israel
In the 9/11 morning session Dan spoke on our identity as believers in Christ being a corporate identity. We are living stones, built into a holy house, in the body of the Messiah, and this identity is tied to Israel.
Diane Moder, IBOD member and Islam Education Director, opened the session by sharing 9 things that Jesus has done for us.
- He was punished that we might be forgiven.
- He was wounded that we might be healed.
- He was made sin for our sins that we may be made righteousness.
- He died that we might have life.
- He was made a curse that we might receive His blessing.
- He endured poverty that we might receive His riches.
- He bore our shame that we can share His glory.
- He endured rejection that we could enjoy acceptance.
- He died so that we might become a new man and have His light living through us.
Glenda Fleming, IBOD member and US Regional Director, shared about her husband Billy’s dream that one day Aglow would never have a need financially. Billy always wanted Glenda to have anything she needed. How much more does the Father want His bride to have everything that she needs? He is taking us to a place of higher elevation in every way.
Harvest of Asher works primarily in the north of the nation of Israel reaching out with the love of God by giving food and supplies to the needy.
At the age of 13 Guy asked his Rabbi about Zachariah 9:9 where the Messiah would come to Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Since today we have cars and modern transportation how was that going to happen? The rabbi changed the vowels in the Hebrew word for donkey to a word that meant material, but this answer didn’t satisfy his question.
At 18 he left the Orthodox way of life and cried out to God to reveal Himself to him. After time in the IDF Guy studied to be an accountant and worked for the Israeli equivalent of the IRS.
At 23 a man walked up to him on the street and gave him a book. When he turned around to give the book back, the man was gone. It turned out to be the Gospel of Matthew (who was also a tax collector).
Just for education Guy decided to read the New Testament. He was astounded to read about the multitude of prophecies Jesus fulfilled, and was further astounded to read that Jesus came to Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Shortly afterwards Guy gave his life to Yeshua.Guy Cohen shares his testimony
The Identity of the Church in Israel
Tribal people don’t have a personal identity like we are prone to in the west, they have more of a group or tribal identity.
Our identity as believers in Christ is also a corporate identity. We are living stones, built into a holy house, in the body of the Messiah, and this identity is tied to Israel.
Barriers Broken Down
Ephesians 2 talks about how Jesus has made the Jew and gentile one group destroying the barrier, ‘the dividing wall of hostility’ between us. We are alive together, Jew and gentile. Whatever your personal identity, all of these things pale in the identity we have in Christ being raised with Him in Heavenly places.Dan describes our identity in Messiah Yeshua
Paul is using “temple language” in this passage when he speaks about barriers. The temple was a representation of the tabernacle in Heaven.
In the temple there were several barriers, the court of the gentiles, a court of the Jewish people, which was further divided into the court of the men and the court of the women. Then only the priest could go to the altar, and only the High Priest could go into the Holy of Holies.
Now in Jesus there are no barriers. We can go from the court of the gentiles all the way into the Holy of Holies with the status of the High Priest.
There is no longer a barrier between Jew and gentile. We share the same identity. We are now fellow heirs.
Dan summed this up by saying:
The church are those from all nations who have been joined to Israel and its destiny for the sake of world redemption.
In our new identity in Christ we are joined to Israel. We don’t replace Israel. We are now the body of Christ together. We have both been raised with Him so we will rule and reign together in the age to come.
Going Through Pain and Suffering
The generations need to stick together. We both have something each other needs.
It grieves Patty’s heart that so many children and young people are leaving the faith.
She referenced Luke 8:6 about the seed falling on rocky ground, growing up quickly, but then when the trials come people falls away. Much of Christianity today is shallow. So many have no root when things get tough and they get disillusioned with the faith.
We have not equipped the younger generation to know how to go through suffering. They don’t have a clear understanding of why we believe what we believe, so when things don’t go according to expectation they fall away.
Patty is working on a book like a captain’s journal about real life situations where when the enemy has purposed evil in people’s lives, but God has turned it to good.
When Patty lost her son in a tragic fire it sent her into a spiral of questions. She initially felt confused and betrayed.
Joseph must have had similar questions with his numerous betrayals.
Psalm 105:18-19 says that Joseph’s neck and legs were put in irons until what he foretold came to pass. The Hebrew interpretation of this is that ‘the iron entered his soul’ implying that the word went into his heart strengthening his faith.
This is what we want for our children, grandchildren and loved ones, that the knowledge of God will become like iron in their souls so that nothing will move them no matter what comes.
Joseph’s first born in Egypt was named Manasseh which means “God hath made me forget”. Through the birth of his first son God caused him to forget his former troubles.
His second son was Ephraim which means double fruitfulness “for God had made him fruitful in the land of his affliction”.
God Is Close To The Brokenhearted
After the loss of her son, God told Patty to trust Him during every “grief contraction”. Just like a contraction for a woman giving birth, you don’t know when it’s going to come, but it grips you with intense pain. He told her that with every “grief contraction” she would have, He would reveal more of Himself in her and to her.
Look for the “So That’s”
Look for the “So that’s” in your life. Lazarus died “so that” God’s glory would be seen, “so that” they would believe. With the blind man they asked why he was born blind and Jesus replied that it happened “so that” God would be glorified.
Instead of allowing, the problems, the why’s, and ‘who-done-its’ to throw you off kilter, look for the “so that’s” and His glory in every situation.
We closed the session by singing “Our God is an Awesome God.”