October 19, 2012 – The Work of an Evangelist

“Preach the Word, be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage … do the work of an evangelist” (2 Timothy 4:2,5).

Mevassar is the Hebrew word for evangelist. Hebrew letters contain word pictures and symbolism.  An interesting view of an evangelist’s work appears when looking at these pictures together.

Mem מ, pictures water and life.  Bet ב, pictures a house and bringing inside.   Shin ש, is a tooth and pictures a cutting and can also indicate Shekinah.   Resh ר, is a head and means first, top or beginning.  Thus, the word pictures for the Hebrew mevassar suggest:

‘The first ‘cutting’ (of the Shekinah)  comes inside the house and brings life.”

Yeshua is considered the Shekinah, the presence and glory of God in the world.     He is the Creator (Jn 1:1), the Word that became flesh (John 1:14), and one with the Father (John 10:30) and full of the Spirit (Luke 4:1).  As the Messiah, He is the Yahweh’s chosen mevassar to proclaim the good news.

“Yeshua came into the Galilee proclaiming the good news from God.   “The time has come, God’s Kingdom is near!  Turn to God (repent) from your sins and believe the Good News!” (Mark 1:14-15 CJB).

Yeshua was the first cutting.   In agriculture, the first cutting is called firstfruits.  With the firstfruits there is the promise of a greater harvest.  Paul refers to Yeshua as being the firstfruits of those raised from the dead (1 Cor. 15:20).  Yeshua not only died on a cross as the payment for our sin, but, more importantly,  he was raised from the dead bringing victory over sin and death for everyone who puts their faith in him.  “I am the resurrection and the life…” (John 11:25).

The new covenant promised a change of heart for the Houses of Israel and Judah along with those of the nations who would receive the Good News (Jer. 31:31-36 Ez. 36:26).  This change of heart would allow God, through His Spirit to write His eternal commands on their hearts.   Their wickedness and sins would be forgiven.

When God changes a stony heart into flesh, the Spirit of God comes inside our hearts, our homes and we become the dwelling place of God’s life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16).

 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws” (Ezekiel 36:26-27). 

The Kingdom of Heaven that Yeshua proclaimed is not of this world (Jn. 18:36).  It is a spiritual kingdom that does not begin when you die,  but at the moment you are born again of water and the Spirit (Jn 3:5-8).  When you enter the kingdom of heaven through the Spirit, you receive living water and eternal life.

“Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and … has crossed over from death to life” (Jn. 5:35).

A true mevassar brings the same message of Yeshua to the world.   “The kingdom of God is near.  Repent, turn to God and believe the Good News.”   The good news of Yeshua was more than just a belief that he lived, died and rose as the firstfruit, but includes a message of repentance, receiving a new cut  heart, so that one can enter the spiritual Kingdom that is now and forever flowing with the living water of eternal life.    

“How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings news of “the first cutting, the Shekinah inside the house, the salvation of Yeshua, and says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7).

©2012 Tent Stake Ministries (Written as an assignment for a Christian writing website for “Do the work of an evangelist.” )

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