December 29, 2015 – The Western Wall of Partition

“For he [Yeshua]  himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,  by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace …” (Ephesians 2:14-15).

Many Christians believe that the ‘dividing wall’ that Yeshua destroyed is the Torah, the teachings and instructions of God found in the first five books of the Bible.   The Torah is NOT, nor ever was, the ‘barrier wall’  that was destroyed by Messiah.  “Setting aside in his flesh the law’,  he destroyed the manmade regulations that separated men and women, Jew and gentile, and slave and free from worshipping the God of Abraham together in Spirit and in Truth as proscribed by the Torah.

Dividing Walls of 'Hostility"

Dividing Walls of ‘Hostility” at the Kotel

The Western Wall area (the Kotel) still has dividing walls today.  There is an ‘outer court’ barrier between those who are just visiting as tourists (in the foreground) and an ‘inner court’  barrier between men and women (down the center).   And, apparently, according to some manmade regulations,  reading a Torah scroll by women is still forbidden.  

When I was at the Western Wall on the Sabbath, I wondered why the men were dancing in circles and praising God with loud voices, but the women were not.  I asked some young women who were studying at a yeshiva (school for religious study)  in Jerusalem.  I was told that ‘only men dance’.  I  asked why they, too, could not praise God through the dance. Were they not joyful too?  It was the Sabbath after all!  They didn’t know the answer.  Fifteen minutes later these same women had a circle within a circle within a circle of 50-60 women dancing while singing the Psalms from their prayer books.  I joined in the dance with a Swedish woman and listened to these women’s voices beautifully harmonize the Psalms in Hebrew.  Together, we women, Jew and non-Jew were worshipping  just like the men (and my husband was dancing with them).  This is the ‘one new man’ for which Messiah gave his life.  This is the unity of worship the God of Israel desires between His chosen people and the nations.  This is the testimony of Messiah we as believers have for the world.

We visited the Kotel multiple times during our visit.   We noticed that most Christian tourists, who most likely believe the ‘dividing wall’ was destroyed by Messiah, actually stay behind the ‘outer court’ barrier rather than approach the Wall to pray with and for the literal brothers and sisters of Yeshua that he came to save, the lost sheep of the House of Israel.   By remaining behind the barrier (and taking photos), these believers effectively still believe a barrier exists and lose the opportunity as the nations to make Israel envious for their own Messiah.   My Sabbath experience dancing at the Wall was one I will never forget because in discussing dancing with those young women, I also had the opportunity to talk to them about Yeshua, the very reason they should be joyous on the Shabbat at the Western Wall.   Their salvation has come!

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua” (Galatians 3:28).    

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