After He had said these
things, He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
~ Luke 19:28 ~
year, 2012, was the first year that I ever traveled to Israel by
myself. With anticipation AND fear, I rented a car. I would be lying
if I said that I was fully confident. In fact I was rather scared,
especially with the Israeli drivers and knowing my own abilities.
Even though I have been diligently trying to learn conversational
Hebrew, I was still timid. In America, we often run yellow lights.
However, in Israel, if one is waiting at the red light, the light
will go red, yellow and green. If you are not halfway across the
intersection when the light turns green, you get a honking horn.
This can be quite intimidating for us Southerners who are not used
to hearing people honk the horn at us.
One of the most favorite expressions for Israeli drivers giving
driving directions is Yashar, Yashar
יָשָׁר. This means up ahead, go
straight forward, or as we in the south would say, “Up the road
apiece.” As mostly anyone knows, when told that your destination is
up ahead, that could mean 200 yards or 2 miles ahead. One must
accept the fact that the destination is up ahead, unseen. By faith,
we listen and follow the directions.
Even though Yeshua Jesus’ main focus was the Galilee, He knew that
He had to go to Jerusalem. He knew that there was a certain timing
for His appearance; it was always ahead Yashar
יָשָׁר. As Jerusalem has
elevation, it was quite appropriate that He went UP to Jerusalem.
Over the past few years, Yeshua had discipled His followers; however
He always went on ahead Yashar of them. As the word Yashar
also means righteous, straight, level, correct, Yeshua is the model
for us when we are facing the challenges of life that cause us to
die to self. Hebrews chapter 12 the second verse makes note that
Yeshua Jesus endured the cross with joy. He went on ahead, Yashar
as a model for us.
What comfort this should bring to us, His followers. Followership is
so important in the body of Messiah. With full assurance, we can go
forth, knowing that, sight unseen, Yeshua has gone on ahead of us.
In Hebrews the 11th chapter, first verse, we are encouraged that
faith is the conviction of things hoped for, the evidence of things
not seen. If we see the things that we hoped for, then it is not
faith that God desires to work within us. However it is good when we
do not see, we believe first and then we see. We trust, by the power
of the Holy Spirit, the Ruakh HaKodesh, to believe that
Yeshua Jesus is up ahead Yashar
יָשָׁר. He is our Good Shepherd
and He will lead us into paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Dear saint, whatever you are trusting God with today, be encouraged
and assured to know that He, Yeshua, your salvation, is Yashar
up the road apiece, and you can trust Him.
All discipline for the
moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who
have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of