by Rev. Michaël Merle
In Chapter 21 of The Revelation to John (The Book of the Apocalypse: Revelation) we read part of the description of the New Jerusalem, a picture of a mighty vision experienced by John in the Spiritual World: “The city has a great and high wall and twelve gates. And on the gates twelve angels, and names were written on them: the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.” (verse 12)
This year we hope to uncover an understanding of the twelve ways in which we can enter the New Jerusalem.
The way of Gad
The name Gad is cognate with “Gedud”: a band of warriors. He is in this way the warrior. Through him the justice of Dan is expanded. Gad is ready to fight, to stand up and defend his beliefs. The warrior is necessary to both defend our cherished values and to protect our freedoms. The symbol for Gad in synagogues is often a row of tents representing a camp of soldiers. In this way Gad is more than just a warrior, he represents an army – the full might of the righteousness of God.
Justice can be achieved but right is more important. It is the way in which justice achieves the good. We speak of the righteousness of God, and we see that quality of the divine alive in the way of Gad.
Do we stand for the truth in the way in which we defend and protect what is right no matter the cost? This son of Israel reminds us of the value of standing not alone but with others and thereby strengthening the community as a place where the good endures through the protection of what is right and true.
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