What Does The Scriptures Say About Togetherness?

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What Does The Scriptures Say About Togetherness?

Togetherness can be defined as a feeling of satisfaction in being united with other people for a specific purpose. Simply being in close physical proximity with a crowd of people does not create that feeling of togetherness. A ruach (spirit) of unity that results when minds are in agreement creates togetherness.

Togetherness has some practical benefits over being alone, and this is true in many situations:

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9–12).

Togetherness can be either positive or negative based upon the reason for it. A good example of togetherness in a positive context is the togetherness of Adam and Eve. It was not good for the man to be alone (Genesis 2:18), so Yahuah created Eve and brought her to the man (verse 22). The principle of a man leaving his parents and cleaving to his wife was thus established, as two become one flesh in marriage (verse 24).

An early example of togetherness in a negative context is the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. After the flood (Genesis 6–8), people began to repopulate the earth. But rather than spread out and fill the earth as Yahuah had instructed (Genesis 9:1), they stayed close together and became a law unto themselves. Genesis 11:4 records the leaders saying, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” The exact reasons for this tower-building and Yahuah’s subsequent destruction of it have been debated for centuries. Most likely, the togetherness required to build such a tower was related to some sort of idol worship as the people were actively disobeying Yahuah. Because they were so unified in their rebellion against Yahuah, Yahuah destroyed their unity by confusing their languages (Genesis 11:7). This resulted in His plan being accomplished, as people finally did spread out across the earth and subdue it.

When people join together for Yahuah’s purposes, He loves it. He chose Abraham’s descendants to become a nation unto themselves (Genesis 12:2) and brought them together to learn His laws and His ways (Deuteronomy 5:31–33). He kept them from starvation during a famine (Genesis 41:53–42:5) and led them out of slavery in Egypt (Exodus 14:21–22). Through this unique group of people, Yahuah would one day send His Messiah (Isaiah 9:6–7). Yahuah blessed them together when they obeyed Him, and He punished them together when they rebelled. Throughout the Old Testament, Yahuah often dealt with nations as a whole and blessed them when the people, in togetherness, honored Him (Psalm 33:12; 144:15).

Togetherness is one of the most important themes in the Renewed Covenant (New Testament). In Yahusha’ longest recorded prayer, He prayed that His followers would “be one as you and I, Father, are one” (John 17:21). The apostle Paul pleaded with the congregations in many of his epistles to “preserve the unity of the RUACH (Spirit) through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). Colossians 3:12–14 says, “Therefore, as Yahuah’s chosen people, Set-Apart (holy) and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as Yahuah forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

The opposite of togetherness is dissension and strife, which the Scriptures strongly condemns (1 Corinthians 3:3; Matthew 12:25; Romans 13:13). Divisions within the body of Messiah halt Yahuah’s work through us and turn our focus inward rather than outward toward others. Messiah’s Congregation consists of all believers; we have been Immersed (baptized) into His body and gifted in various ways to benefit that body (1 Corinthians 12:7–11, 13). When we work together, rather than each one seeking his or her own agenda, we accomplish more for Yahuah’s Kingdom.

Togetherness in Ruach (Spirit), with Messiah Yahusha as our Head, is Yahuah’s ideal for His family.

“How good and pleasant it is

when Yahuah’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).

https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-togetherness.html

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Gera'el Toma

A highly esteemed elder in the faith of the Natsarim, the first century believers in Messiah Yahusha, and a treasured member of the Remnant House Team.

Gera'el Toma (Gerald Thomas) is an internationally recognized and respected teacher of the Holy Scriptures as originally written in the Hebrew language.

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Gera'el Toma

A highly esteemed elder in the faith of the Natsarim, the first century believers in Messiah Yahusha, and a treasured member of the Remnant House Team.

Gera'el Toma (Gerald Thomas) is an internationally recognized and respected teacher of the Holy Scriptures as originally written in the Hebrew language.

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