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Intimacy

written by Asher Intrater
January 11, 2013

The most precious thing in life is intimacy. Intimacy is first and foremost with God, and secondly with humans. It is the pearl of great price that we should sell all to obtain. Intimacy comes from a personal relationship with God through faith in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.

Abraham became a friend of God (Isaiah 41:8, James 2:23). Moses knew God face to face (Deuteronomy 34:10). David said that kirvah (closeness, nearness) to God was worth more to him than anything in the world (Psalm 73:25, 28), and that “sweet counsel” was what he desired from a friend (Psalm 55:14).

The disciple who reached the closest intimacy with Yeshua was John, who leaned on Yeshua’s breast during the Passover Seder (the Last Supper) and was known as the “disciple whom Yeshua loved” (John 13:23). He penned these words: For the Father Himself loves you – John 16:27.

If the Father Himself loves you, then there is no barrier, no distance, no rejection, no separation at all. Absolute intimacy at the closest level is being offered. The literal translation of Deuteronomy 4:4 is davek, those who have “stuck close to God like glue.” You can’t get any closer than glue.

Sin breaks that intimacy. Jeremiah described it as a girdle that had been made dirty (Jeremiah 13:1-11). We were as close to God as underwear and then became filthy. Sin is like a husband or wife who betrays the sexual intimacy of marriage by adultery (Hosea 1:2, 3:1). Sin is the betrayal of intimacy.

Intimacy allows the secret thoughts of one’s soul to be shared with another. God allows for His deepest thoughts to be shared with us through the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 2:10-12). The Holy Spirit knows what is on the inside of God and then shares it with us. That is intimacy: inside touching inside. If we let our hearts be known to God, His heart will be known to us (I Corinthians 8:3).

Intimacy demands vulnerability. If we open the most sensitive things in our hearts to another, we will likely be hurt. Thus, vulnerability involves pain; that pain is the price of intimacy. We can be “wounded by our friends” (Zechariah 13:6).

Therefore intimacy needs trust. We cannot come near to God unless we have confidence in Him (Hebrews 11:6). We need faith to trust others. If we want others to trust us, we should prove ourselves to be trustworthy. God’s faithfulness to us enables us to have faith in Him. Faithfulness engenders faith in others.

Yeshua accomplished this for us on the cross. He became vulnerable in order to open the way to intimacy with the Father. We wounded Him. Yeshua paid the price to purchase intimacy with us. He was stripped, beaten, and mocked for our sakes. That is the sacrifice of love. It bears the pain of vulnerability to pay the price for intimacy.

We take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23) to walk together with Him. We meditate on Scriptures to understand His thoughts (Isaiah 55:8:11). We pray in the Holy Spirit to have revelation to know Him personally (Ephesians 1:17). We humble ourselves to be brought near to Him (Matthew 11:25-29). We obey, even unto death, in order to know Him and be like Him (Philippians 3:10).

Yeshua’s last and greatest prayer was that we would be “one” (John 17:11, 21-23). This is more than a prayer for unity and cooperation. It is for divine union. Yeshua prays that we would be inside of Him and God inside of us just as He and the Father are inside of one another. He is inviting us to experience that same perfect intimacy.

Intimate union with God is the most sublime and transforming experience in the universe. It glorifies and purifies (John 17:5, 10, 17, 24). It is the ultimate pleasure (Psalm 16:11). It is the purpose for which we were created. 

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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