Perfect Balance

By Asher Intrater

There is a perfect balance in the teaching of Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation. The Word of God is a “two-edged sword” – Hebrews 4:12. It cuts in two directions. If we teach on the love and mercy of God, we should also teach on the fear of God and holiness. If we rebuke others of sin, we must also repent of our own sins. As God promises to provide all our needs, He also warns against greed.

Immature Bible teachers usually teach enthusiastically on one side of the sword. This may start well, but years later their congregations may become heretical or cultic because only one side of biblical truth was “overtaught.”

In Hebraic thought, there is the concept of “measure against measure”. Yeshua spoke of this: “By the measure in which you measure, it will be measured unto you” – Matthew 7:2, Mark 4:24. So is it found in biblical justice: “Soul for soul, eye for eye, tooth for tooth” – Exodus 21:23-24.

There is perfect balance between the humanity of Yeshua and His divinity. He is “seed of David” and “son of God” – Romans 1:3-4. He is “King of Israel” – John 12:13, and “head of the Church” – Ephesians 1:22. The balance between these two roles also makes for a balance between God’s plan for Israel and for the Church. All Israel will be saved and all the Church will be grafted into Israel (Romans 11:17, 26).

The Church tends to see the heavenly aspect of the kingdom of God, while Israel sees the earthly side. Both are true. Through Yeshua, all things will be brought into one, both in heaven and on earth (Ephesians 1:10).

The Old Covenant scriptures were written in Hebrew, from right to left. The New Covenant was written in Greek, from left to right. Classic Hebraic and Greek thinking are opposite to one another. We have two sides of the brain: right for creative thinking and left for analytical. We have two eyes for seeing. With just one, our vision is limited. But when both work together, we have depth perception and equilibrium.

The cross is a geometric symbol of balance: up and down; left and right. It offers forgiveness by the Savior’s grace and demands submission to the King’s authority. It reconciles heaven and earth, and reaches out from East to West. In physics and chemistry, to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

In one of our prayer sessions, I saw a picture in my heart of an eagle gliding in the air with his wings spread. If the balance was tilted even slightly, he would start to fall. As he remained perfectly balanced, he could glide on the wind almost effortlessly. So should we be perfectly balanced in the Word and the Spirit.