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Communication and Unity

written by Asher Intrater
November 17, 2006

In the episode of the tower of Babel, the people rebel against God, and He punishes them by dividing their language, which causes division between them, and the work is stopped.

Scriptures then comment that if all the people have one language and are unified, nothing would be impossible for them (Genesis 11:6 – “The people are one and they all have the same language…nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.”).

This shows us the unlimited power of unity; and the fact that unity is based on communication. Communication brings Unity; Unity brings Ability. This pattern: Communication – Unity – Ability, works in four directions:

Communication and Unity against God is demonic rebellion.

Communication breakdown and Division are God’s punishment against the wicked.

If we as a group of believers, do not communicate, then we will not have unity, and all our efforts will be brought to failure.

If we do communicate well enough to maintain unity, then we will have unlimited success and fruit for the kingdom of God.

To do this we must first seek the Lord’s will to make sure that what we are doing is what He wants in the first place. (Matthew 6:10 – “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”; 6:33 – “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you”; Luke 22:42 – “Not My will be done, but Your will be done”.)

Secondly, we must pray to maintain the unity among us. (John 17:21 “May they all be one”; Philippians 4:2 – “I implore… to be of the same mind in the Lord.”) As part of that prayer, we must also bind the works of Satan to cause division among us (Luke 11:17 – “Every kingdom divided against itself will be brought to desolation”; II Corinthians 2:11 – “Lest Satan take advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.”) This is the most basic principle of spiritual warfare.

Thirdly, we must communicate effectively. Here in Israel we have the immediate challenge of the mixture of languages and cultures. In the book “Covenant Relationships,” I mentioned that communication takes effort, a lot of effort. It is tiring. Communication is the key element in delegation and administration.

Since that communication is so tiring, the Scriptures exhort that the gift of administration must be exercised with diligence. (Romans 12:8 – “He who leads, with diligence”; I Corinthians 12:28 – “God has appointed… gifts… of administrations.”)

Communication, along with prayer in the Holy Spirit, is like the oil between the teeth of our gears as we work together. That is the point of interaction, and therefore also the point of potential friction. Let’s pour lots of oil on our gears. We must purpose not to communicate sufficiently, but to OVER communicate. If we intend to communicate enough, we will fall short. If we intend to over communicate, we will communicate enough.

The “building” of the kingdom here in Israel is like the reverse of the building of the tower of Babel. To do so, we must reverse the curse of Babel. That curse fell on all the nations of the world, so it affects us all. In Yeshua (Jesus), that curse is reversed. As we keep Him as the head, and as we stay filled with the Holy Spirit, we can overcome the curse of Babel. Then nothing will be withheld from us as we seek to do His will.

So let us not grow weary in communication, but keep communicating until we reach unity, which in turn will release the power of the kingdom of God in our midst.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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