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Sun, Moon, and Shekel

written by Asher Intrater
November 15, 2013

During a solar eclipse, it seems to the human eye that the moon hides the full size of the sun –even though the moon is many times smaller than the sun. If one holds a half shekel coin at arm’s length, it can also seem to be the same size as the sun or the moon, even though it is billions of times smaller. 

How can the sun, moon and a shekel coin all seem exactly the same size? What is closer obviously seems larger than what is far away. This is true of sight, sound, and all forms of radiation. Yeshua spoke of the spiritual aspects of this law of perspective.

Matthew 7:3
Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye.

Anything that I do right will seem to me to be gigantic in importance, but anything anyone else does right will seem to me to be tiny and insignificant. Anything that I do wrong will seem to me to be miniscule—but anything someone else does wrong will seem to me to be enormous in proportion.

Therefore when someone else speaks of what is happening in his life, I must make a special effort to concentrate and listen. I have to force my thoughts and feelings at the moment to be smaller, and force my imagination to enlarge what he is saying in order to understand how it seems from his perspective.

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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