*Thanks to Ronnie for the inspiration.
In a bizarre sequence of mystical events we have the story of Lionel [his friends call him Richie], a man who came to know Jesus through divine inspiration and for him to rediscover the depth of his Jewish upbringing. In this exclusive interview Lionel told us how he was brought up in a secular Jewish family and how suddenly realised the Messianic Christian outlook to:
“Allow room for the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit.”
Lionel’s journey illuminated by the Holy Spirit all started as a result of an investigation under the hood of his family car. Lionel realized that a part was missing from the family vehicle. Luckily for Lionel who did not know much about cars, this was one part of the family vehicle which was very distinctive. Unlike other parts of the engine the part had a part number. Armed with the part number Lionel went off to his local garage to get a new part to replace the part missing from the family vehicle.
At the garage Lionel talked to the garage owner Billy Bob or BB for short. BB was a jovial character who was always happy and different from the other mechanics in the garage. Before speaking to BB the other mechanics in the garage just laughed at Lionel when he first enquired about his missing part. After all why should they laugh, he was able to make their job easier by being able to give them the part number?
Intrigued by BB, Lionel decided that he was going to ask BB what made him so happy. Lionel was intrigued because like his car was missing part, Lionel also felt he had a part missing from his life too. It was in the garage office that BB told and showed Lionel what it was that made him so happy. Out of a desk drawer BB pulled out a huge Bible which he showed to Lionel. BB told Lionel that it was his daily reading from the bible and his personal relationship with Jesus that made him so happy.
Almost immediately an instinctive part of Lionel kicked in, Lionel blurted out that as a Jew he and his family did not believe in Jesus. In fact Jesus was directly responsible for the death and suffering of his people. BB was not phased by Lionel’s outburst, instead he said to Lionel that to know real joy and happiness you just have to try Jesus and left things at that.
Back at home in the evening Lionel’s wife Alex also had some good news to share. Alex inexplicably had made the decision that day to be happy and fulfilled, so she announced to Lionel that her decision was to accept Jesus as her messiah. The instinctive part of Lionel kicked in once again that day and Alex and Lionel had a big argument that evening.
The next day Lionel knew that he was estranged from his wife and he desperately hoped for a solution. To make matters even worse his daughter was diagnosed with a tumour which was cancerous……… This was the moment according to Lionel that he decided to pray sincerely for the first time in his life. He prayed to ask God to see if this whole Jesus thing was true and as a sign his daughter would be healed from her tumerous cancer.
A number of weeks went by, what with all the worry and concern Lionel had forgotten his prayer. Then the phone call Lionel and Alex were waiting for from their daughter, would it be good news or bad news? Miraculously and inexplicably his daughter’s cancer had just simply disappeared. The doctors could find no trace of the tumour. It was a miracle!
Later that evening upon quite reflection, Lionel remembered his prayer. He decided to tell his wife about his prayer and his decision to follow Jesus too just like his wife.
After experiencing an exhilarating experience Lionel and Alex learned even more about their Jewish ancestry and that Jesus’ real name was Yeshua. Lionel and Alex met a wonderful Rabbi an expert in Hebrew who was able to confirm and strengthen the faith of Lionel and Alex. Even to give a profound meaning to Lionel about the part which was missing from the family vehicle. Not only did the part have a part number 710 but the part number was the Hebrew letters samech vav dalet, Sod (סוֹד), the esoteric/mystical meaning, as given through inspiration or revelation. Now based on all these experiences in Jesus / Yeshua they were free from the curse of the law and still able to retain their tacit Jewish status. A classical case of secular Jews now with the gospel still being able to carry on with the well-known principle of loving God and doing as you please!
And as with all truly born again Christians Lionel and Alex trusted to; “Allow room for the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit.” and do not let rational thoughts or facts get in the way of what you want to believe.
Why Lionel and Alex?
If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. 5 That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. That prophet or dreamer tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you. (Deut 13)