Emanna for 01/11/2020

Caring for the Body

Bible Verses

Deut 33:21 And he provided the first part for himself...and he came with the heads of the people; he executed the justice of the Lord, and his ordinances with Israel. Rom 12:5 So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Words of Ministry

The "first part" refers to the land east of the Jordan. Gad provided that part for himself; yet he would not remain there to enjoy it. Instead, he came with the heads of the people, the princes of the other tribes, to fight the battle for the rest of the land. Here we see the action, the move, of the Body. The reason for Gad's success was that he let go of his own enjoyment in order to take care of the Body. This is justice in the eyes of God. In New Testament terms, it is the accomplishment of God's will. When the children of Israel entered the good land, it was God's will in His justice that His people be settled. God did not want only Gad; He wanted all the twelve tribes to be settled to become His kingdom that His ordinances may be observed. This is to accomplish the will of God. According to Romans 12, the will of God is simply to have the Body life. Thus, to have the Body life, to take care of the needs of others, is to execute God's justice for observing His ordinances. Dan's failure was that he was individualistic. Gad's success was that he was corporate, moving with the brothers. Whenever you are concerned only for your own spiritual interests, you are a Dan. But when you forget your own spiritual interests and care for all the other brothers, that is, care for the Body, you are a Gad. We must care for the Body and move with the Body.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Genesis, 1987, pp. 1329. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 8/21/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.