Daily Devo: Aliyah

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Psalms 121

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Yesterday, I ran across a Hebrew word that really stuck out to me. Now if you asked a Jewish rabbi the meaning of the word “Aliyah”, they would say that it would mean two things. One meaning would be ‘being called up’ to read the Torah in the Synagogue. The second meaning they would give you would be ‘moving back to Israel’. Many times when people talk about moving back to Israel they call it “making Aliyah” or “the upward journey”. But those of us that follow after the Messiah, we are the spiritual children of Israel. Which means we have our own kind of Aliyah to make.

Let’s take a look at it from a biblical perspective. Let us jump into Mark 10:32 shall we?

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:”

This word ‘up’ in the Greek text of Mark has the same meaning as the Hebrew word “Aliyah”. Which is the following: 1) ascend 1a) to go up 1b) to rise, mount, be borne up, spring up. This Greek word is repeated throughout the scriptures as Christ is making His way to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is set upon the mountains. So to get there you would have to physically go up. But the closer to Jerusalem Christ got, the closer he was to God the Father and what was about to happen.

Now you may be asking, what then is our modern day Aliyah. It is plain and simple in our lives. Our entire life is our Aliyah. Our life is a journey. But in God, it is to be an upward journey. It’s the same way we would want to ascend a mountain and every day, we are given choices. Every choice we will have in life is either one of three. We have the choice to go lower, to stay the same, or to go higher. Choose the higher path even if it’s harder, letting every one of your steps be higher than the last. Let every day you have be higher than the one before. Eventually, we will end up walking on mountain heights and our life will be an Aliyah. Follow after Christ and continue to ascend until the race is done.

 

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