The most precious thing in
life is intimacy. Intimacy is first and foremost with God, and secondly
with humans. It is the pearl of great price that we should sell all to
obtain. Intimacy comes from a personal relationship with God through faith
in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.
Abraham became a friend of God (Isaiah 41:8, James 2:23). Moses knew God
face to face (Deuteronomy 34:10). David said that "kirvah" (closeness,
nearness) to God was worth more to him than anything in the world (Psalm
73:25, 28), and that "sweet counsel" was what he desired from a friend
The disciple who reached the closest intimacy with Yeshua was John, who
leaned on Yeshua's chest during the Passover Seder (the Last Supper)
and was known as the "disciple whom Yeshua loved" (John 13:23). He
penned these words: For the Father Himself loves you (John 16:27).
If the Father Himself loves you, then there is no barrier, no distance, no
rejection, no separation at all. Absolute intimacy at the closest
level is being offered. The literal translation of Deuteronomy 4:4, "You
who are held fast to the Lord..." is "davek"
(the noun form of davek means glue in modern Hebrew); those who have "held
fast" to the Lord have stuck close to God like glue. You can't get any
closer than glue.
Sin breaks that intimacy. Jeremiah described it as a girdle that had been
made dirty (Jeremiah 13:1-11). We were as close to God as underwear is to
skin and then we became filthy. Sin is like a husband or wife who betrays
the sexual intimacy of marriage by adultery (Hosea 1:2, 3:1). Sin is the
betrayal of intimacy.
Intimacy allows the secret thoughts of one's soul to be shared with
another. God allows for His deepest thoughts to be shared with us through
the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 2:10-12). The Holy Spirit knows what is on
the inside of God and then shares it with us. That is intimacy: inside
touching inside. If we let our hearts be known to God, His heart will be
known to us (I Corinthians 8:3).
Intimacy demands vulnerability. If we open the most sensitive things in our
hearts to another, we will likely be hurt. Thus, vulnerability involves
pain; this pain is the price of intimacy. We can be "wounded by our
friends" (Zechariah 13:6). Therefore, intimacy needs trust. We cannot
come near to God unless we have confidence in Him (Hebrews 11:6). We need
faith to trust others. If we want others to trust us, we should prove
ourselves to be trustworthy. God's faithfulness to us enables us to
have faith in Him. Faithfulness engenders faith in others.
Yeshua accomplished this for us on the cross. He became vulnerable in order
to open the way to intimacy with the Father. We wounded Him. Yeshua paid
the price to purchase intimacy with us. He was stripped, beaten, and mocked
for our sakes. That is the sacrifice of love. Love bears the pain of
vulnerability to pay the price for intimacy.
We take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23) to walk together with Him. We
meditate on Scriptures to understand His thoughts (Isaiah 55:8:11). We
pray in the Holy Spirit to have revelation to know Him personally
(Ephesians 1:17). We humble ourselves to be brought near to Him (Matthew
11:25-29). We obey, even unto death, in order to know Him and be like Him
Yeshua's last and greatest prayer was that we would be "one" (John
17:11, 21-23). This is more than a prayer for unity and cooperation. It is
for divine union. Yeshua prays that we would be inside of Him and God
inside of us just as He and the Father are inside of one another. He is
inviting us to experience that same perfect intimacy.
Intimate union with God is the most sublime and transforming experience in
the universe. It glorifies and purifies (John 17:5, 10, 17, 24). It is the
ultimate pleasure (Psalm 16:11). It is the purpose for which we were
(Please pray for Asher this month as he has set time aside to
work on a small book the Lord has laid on his heart on the subject of