Messianics: The Moses Generation vs. the Joshua Generation
I’ve said a few times that Torah keeping believers in Jesus/Yahshua, “Messianics”, are headed in the right direction.
No doubt it’s been messy; and a lot of people, particularly around my age, are a bit jaded towards certain aspects of the faith.
However, in the last few years, we’ve been hearing people speak out about the arguing. Lots of people have been addressing the effects the contention is having on our young people. Major voices in the movement are talking about what’s wrong with the body of believers.
My generation is being referred to as the Joshua Generation, the ones who made it to the promised land. The first generation of believers are the Moses Generation, the grumblers, the fighters, the judgey ones.
The truth is, a lot people my age look back with bitterness at the destroying of friendships and the senseless drama over Hebrew letters. We are tired of it and we are beginning to see hope through Yahshua and in our futures (now that the two major Messianic End Times dates didn’t come to pass 😂)
We are eager to make a change and grow together.
Leaving the past behind.
But maybe that’s a problem.
We young people have become cynical and somewhat embittered towards the first generation believers.
And for the most part, I think the resentment is easy to understand.
But that doesn’t make it right. Now, there is a sort of rift forming between the first generation believers and younger believers. We say “they forgot the true meaning of Torah; which is to love people”. We claim that we are going to focus more on love than on laws; That we are seeing the heart of God by acting in love.
But I’m asking this: how can we separate the two?
The purpose of Torah was to show people how to love.
The problem comes when people misapply laws and don’t strive to understand God’s heart. What is the lesson behind the law?
The problem is when people act as though they alone possess all of God’s knowledge. Then they look down their noses at brothers with a different understanding.
The problem is people.
And these are the types of people that our Joshua Generation has had to grow up around.
So, naturally, we are sick of it. And we are quite cynical.
But I want to say this:
This rediscovered love we are talking about showing, we also need to show it to the first generation. Yes, those who destroyed our fellowships and those who act like they know everything, too.
Because we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them. They are trailblazers. They were the ones who had to fight for their beliefs. They are the ones who left everything to follow God. They were the weirdos in their day.
Our parents taught us about Yahweh. Our parents taught us Torah. Our parents taught us to study our bibles. Our parents taught us to think for ourselves and not just accept whatever our pastor tells us.
The fact that you are here, trying to figure out what it means to really love someone, is proof that the “Moses Generation” did something right.
It’s awful, but sometimes we have to go to a really dark place to be motivated to move forward and go deeper.
We are coming out of the darkness of judgmental pride and trying to deepen our relationship with Yahweh and with our brothers and sisters.
The first generation paved the way for Yahweh to open our eyes to the heart of Torah.
All of God’s people are healing and beginning to change. It’s time to let go of bitterness and move on.
This aggravation and discontentment we are feeling, we are not the only ones feeling it. Our parents have been hurt, too. They have been effected by the loss of friendships, too.
What I’m saying is this. Yes it sucked for a while, but we are changing as a people.
It’s time to stop only talking about what’s wrong with the movement. We’ve got to start doing what is right.
Because, historically, The Joshua generation would have made it into the promised land either way. It wasn’t because they were more righteous, better, or more enlightened. It was because their parents were too sinful to enter.
In fact, as soon as the children had the opportunity to take the promised land, 80% chickened out. They were no different than their parents.
So, the lesson is:
Let’s not get too big for our boots.
Yes, I wrote an article about Why Young People are Leaving the Messianic Faith. Everything I wrote was true. But I urge all of my reader to stick with it. God’s word is not tiresome or burdensome. Man’s word is.
We are becoming more and more loving. We are becoming less and less divisive. But we can’t forget that all of our effort to change the bad is done standing on the backs of those we are accusing.
We need to realize that God isn’t only speaking to the younger generation. He’s changing the first generation, too. God isn’t speaking to us because we are so much better or more progressive than our parents, but because now is the time for change.
We need the first generation for wisdom and guidance. If we could Bridge the Gap between the older and younger and come together as one people, I think amazing things could happen.