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Gamaliel’s Wisdom Still Speaks To Us

Paul, who wrote a great deal of the New Testament, was educated at the feet of a very wise and venerated Jewish teacher named Gamaliel. Christ’s disciples, Peter and John, stood accused of heresy before the Sanhedrin.

Listen to Gamaliel’s Wisdom

After Peter gave their testimony, the members of the high Jewish counsel had decided to kill them when Gamaliel cautioned them saying this,

“Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;  And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to naught.

After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.  And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:  But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.”

Acts 5:34-39

Thankfully, wisdom prevailed that day and the apostles were let go. It amazes us that men of God could be so wrong as to contemplate killing believers in Jesus. Yet, to those men, according to their traditions, doctrine, and culture, murder seemed a reasonable course of action. A reasonable course, that is, until Gamaliel cautioned them.

Counterfeits only prove there is an original

In any new move of God’s Spirit, the Devil has brought many counterfeits in order to make people fear the truth. Many claimed to be Israel’s deliverer, but until the true son of God came, all proved to be false. Yet, in the course of time, Jesus did come and he was the real son of God. Likewise, in our generation, many have come in Christ’s name and said this or that, predisposing us to fear deception. This is by design though, because Lucifer wants us to reject the authentic move of God. Therefore, when children of God manifest tabernacles, many hesitate, tending to think it must be a deception too.

The truth is, the Tabernacle Movement, if it not be of God, will not succeed. If what I and others say about God’s Divine Love is not what our Lord desires, nothing will come of it. Therefore, why rage at what will naturally end of it’s own accord? However, as strange as this move may seem to our natural minds, it if be of God and you fight it, you may find yourself opposing YHWH Himself. Therefore, it is best to adopt a “wait and see” approach if you are unsure.

Let us not ignore the obvious

When the Toronto Blessing started, many people were unsure as to whether it be of God or not. However, as it grew and gained momentum, it spread worldwide. Obviously, from the amazing changes in peoples lives for the better, it was a true move of God’s Spirit. Those who opposed it early on found themselves opposing God Himself, rather than defending the faith.

The church, by and large, has a form of godliness but denies the power thereof. Moreover, as they retreat into ever more legalistic stances, they become the very opposite of what God desires. The truth is, people don’t want to focus on what’s wrong, they want to embrace what is right in God. Therefore if your message is constantly negative, only focusing on the problems with this and that, it turns people off.

Are you truly on the side of Christ’s love?

Doctrines, when they degenerate into the absurd, do not feed our spirits any longer. When our belief system makes us become heartless people who would turn even on family, something is obviously wrong. Taking the approach that “by their fruits you shall know them” is a very wise and mature approach indeed.

The Tabernacle Blessing is radically different because we have, again, drifted so far from where God is. While we enshrined what people experienced hundreds of years ago, our Lord has moved on. Therefore, in order to be where God is today, we must be willing to change our position.

Wait and see

In conclusion, when something differs radically, it is ok to prove whether it be of God or not. Be like Gamaliel and let those who claim to be of God demonstrate what they speak. In the mean time, though, do not attack what might turn out to be authored by your Father in heaven. Amen.

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