Lent day 32: Who is Eber?
Luke 3 v 35 “the son of Eber”
His name means “crossed over” or “traveller”. He was the father of Peleg (“divided”) but outlived his son by about 191 years.
Crossed Over outlived Divided.
The name is also derived from the same root as the name ‘Hebrew’.
Jewish tradition tells the story that Eber refused to help with the building of the Tower of Babel and so his language was not confused. He and his family alone retained the original human language, the language of Adam, a language named after Eber (Heber).
How true is that? Well, its tradition so who knows! But a lovely story it is.
One thing I have discovered is that those who are prepared to travel and cross over are ones who will sustain themselves in the work of God as opposed to those who specialise in division or making a name for themselves as there is a limit to self-exaltation before God steps in.
Will you cross over today?
Everyone else may be focusing on self-promotion and becoming big. But will you turn away and cross over, will you go beyond, will you travel into a changed season?
Will you face the fears and the psychological barriers that have been placed before you and even your previous generations and cross over? Joshua 3: 16 “the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.”
Will you be ready in the day of battle that is here now? Can you be counted on to stand your ground and cross over? Joshua 4:12 “The men of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over, ready for battle, in front of the Israelites, as Moses had directed them.”
The Lord will make a way for you but will you be brave enough to go for the change that is needed? Will you lead others to cross over too? Can you influence a town, a city, a region, a nation? Can you raise soldiers to advance like a troop and scale a wall and cross over into new territory? Joshua 4:13 “About forty thousand armed for battle crossed over before the Lord to the plains of Jericho for war.”
The Church in my nation needs leaders who will not remain in one place to promote themselves. The Church needs leaders who belong to a movement that move, that are not afraid to cross over, to make the changes, to make the Church relevant, to walk the ancient paths and see restoration of people to be people of God!
We need Eber people. Will you be an Eber today? Will you cross over? If you do you will outlive what is the norm. You will leave a legacy that will last long after you have gone.