Devotion 77

Our Triadic Relationship with God

For your husband is your Maker, Adonai-Tzva’ot is his name. The Holy One of Isra’el is your Redeemer. He will be called the God of all the earth. Isaiah 54:5

Let us rejoice and be glad! Let us give him the glory! For the time has come for the
wedding of the Lamb, and his Bride has prepared herself — fine linen, bright and clean has been given her to wear
. Revelation 19:7,8

How many relationships do you have? Like most of us, you do have several; are they all the same? For example, is your relationship with your ‘significant other’ the same as with your children? Is your relationship with your employees/employer the same as with your best friend? Of course not, or at least we hope not or there will be problems. Like our diverse relationships with different members of our family, work and friendship circles, each of us has at least three different relationships with our Holy Yahweh.

Marriage Relationship. All believers in Adonai Elohim Tziva’ot, Lord God of Hosts, are married to Adonai Yeshua, the Lord Jesus, as we read in both the TaNaKh, the Hebrew Scriptures, and the Brit HaChadashah, the Apostolic Scriptures. This is an intimate relationship of agape love, defined as a sacrificial, benevolent relationship, characterized as a faithful, committed and fully trusting relationship between the Ultimate Source of Love and His recipients, His children, His bride.

Familial Relationship. Yahweh, our Beloved Abba is the Perfect Father to His imperfect children. How do we know He is our Father? We are told in Isaiah 9:6 – For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; dominion will rest on his shoulders,
and he will be given the name Pele-Yo‘etz El Gibbor Avi-‘Ad Sar-Shalom
, where Avi-‘Ad means Eternal Father. Where there is a father, there are children. Who are God’s children? Malachi 2:10 tells us, Don’t we all have the same father?
Didn’t one God create us all? Then why do we break faith with each other, profaning the covenant of our ancestors
? Ah, we – the weak and unfaithful children of the Perfect, Faithful Father. Adonai Yeshua tells us, as recorded in Matthew 23:9, And do not call anyone on earth ‘Father.’ because you have one Father, and He is in heaven. The familial relationship we have with Avi – ‘Ad is a reciprocal one – He loves us, because He is Love, and we love Him because He first loved us, as we read in 1 John 4:7,19 – Beloved friends, let us love one another; because love is from God; and everyone who loves has God as his Father and knows God . . . . We ourselves love now because he loved us first.

Servant Relationship. All believers have been called into service. We have been given tasks to accomplish, which are commensurate with our gifts. Our common task is to share the Gospel of Love and Grace with as many as possible, by whatever means at our disposal. For a detailed list of such gifts, please read Rav Sha’ul’s writing, recorded in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4, as well as Kefa (Peter’s) letter, 1 Peter 4.

Beloved, rejoice in the knowledge of a faithful, committed, triadic relationship with Adonai Elohim Tziva’ot, our Holy Yahweh. Only through His loving grace are we privileged to enjoy the relationships He has forged with us. Let us always be grateful for His desire for us to be His children, members of His Mishpuchah Kadosh, His Holy Family.

CONSIDER: If you are a believer in our Holy Yahweh and His Son, Adonai Yeshua, then you enjoy a triadic relationship with the Ruler of the universe and the Lover of your soul. Do you cherish that relationship? Do you thank Him daily for creating this relationship with you?

If you are not a believer, then you have an important question to pose yourself: Do you want to have a relationship with the One Who created everything that was, is and ever will be, through Divine intervention or through His human agents? If your answer is ‘yes’, I urge you to speak with a messianic rabbi, a pastor or another believer, to help you reach out and receive God’s Grace. If your answer to this all-important question is ‘no’, then I assume you are prepared for the consequences ahead.

ACT: Prayer is a necessary part of our relationship with Adonai Elohim Tziva’ot. I urge you to pray unceasingly (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), with your head and heart, being grateful for our Father’s unceasing Love for us.

PRAY: Abba, Beloved Father, thank you for welcoming me into Your Holy Family, Your family set apart from the world of flesh and sin. I am eternally grateful for the relationship you have formed with me. Please keep my heart forever focused on you. In Your Beloved Name I pray.

May the God of Avraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you richly.