Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, November 18, 2019 

Shalom *|FNAME|*,

I’ve been at the Tikkun conference in Jacksonville, FL over the weekend.  To keep the RRs coming out on time I had to write them in advance.  I don’t like to do that because I want them to be fresh.  But this time I did.  I wrote for Friday, Saturday and Monday all on the pervious Thursday. (Raymond Finney graciously wrote for Sunday.)  So, I’m taking a short-cut and only writing the bottom part today.  Thank you for your kind understanding.

Week 47
Memory Verse:  Colossians 2:6 Therefore as you received Messiah Yeshua  as Lord, so continue to walk in Him— 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in your faith just as you were taught, overflowing with thankfulness.

* 231 11/18    Monday:       Colossians 1-2

232   11/19    Tuesday:       Colossians 3-4 

233   11/20    Wednesday:  Ephesians 1-2

234   11/21    Thursday:      Ephesians 3-4

235   11/22    Friday:           Ephesians 5-6

Question of the day:  How would you like me to pray for you today?  A better question of the day (certainly less prideful) would be, how would I like you to pray for me today?  Paul gives us the answer to both questions in Colossians 1.

Answer:  Colossians 1:9b We (Paul and Timothy) keep asking God (praying) that you might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding— 10 to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.

There it is… we should pray for each other that we would be “filled with the knowledge of His will.”  But wait there’s more… “In all wisdom.”  How much wisdom?  That’s right, all wisdom.  “And spiritual understanding.”  Wait… how much spiritual understanding?  That’s right, “all spiritual understanding.”  Is there a shortage of spiritual understanding?  Not in this prayer.

For what purpose are we praying these things (hint: look in verse 10)?  “To please Him (God) in ALL respects.”  Wait a minute, wait a minute.  I thought it is impossible to please Him.  Nope, without faith it is impossible to please Him.

Begs the question, faith in what?  Let me answer that for you.  Faith in His promises.  But that’s not a sentence.  And neither was that.  Or that.  We have faith in His promises.  Now that’s a sentence (but this isn’t).  Good thing I’m not a Hebrew teacher.

2 Corinthians 1:20 For in Him all the promises of God are “Yes.” Therefore also through Him is the “Amen” by us, to the glory of God.

Can you say, “Amen?”