Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, August 16, 2019 
(Early) Shabbat Shalom Rabbi,

Please come to Erev Shabbat, Friday night, August 16th.  It’s Italian night. 

Rabbi Trail:  So please bring nachos or enchiladas or just pray for me, I’m being silly.  There’s something else I can’t figure out.  How did we go from lo mein to spaghetti?  Oh, I remember, Marco Polo. 

I love guacamole, wanna ride bikes?  Note: “Wanna ride bikes” can be inserted into any conversation as a signal that your A.D.D. is kicking in.  Okay, see you at 6pm for dinner and 7pm for a one hour service.  Looking forward to it.  End RT.

That was kind of silly and not spiritual at all.  The spiritual content is below.

Week 33
Memory Verse: Luke 14:33 So in the same way, whoever does not renounce all that he has, cannot be My disciple.

161   8/12  Monday:       Luke 9:10-62
162   8/13  Tuesday:      Mark 9-10
163   8/14  Wednesday: Luke 12
164   8/15  Thursday:     John 3-4
* 165 8/16  Friday:          Luke 14

The question of the day:  Which is it; love yourself or hate yourself?  What does the Bible say?

Answer:  The obvious answer is to love yourself.  But it’s not that simple.  In Luke 14 we find this verse… Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters—and yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple.

That’s the choice, “hate your own life or be Yeshua’s disciple?”  My advice, we must choose wisely.  Before you stumble over the command to hate (which comes from the God of love), we must realize that God’s hate is not man’s hate.  When God says hate, He means to put what you hate in a distant second, and put what you love in first place.  God says “hate” to make a distinction between what is loved in first place and everything else. 

Rabbi Trail:  “Choose wisely” are the words of the Templar Knight who is guarding the Holy Grail in the movie, “Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.”  It may be my favorite line in all of movie making.  Warning!!! Do not watch this clip unless you are prayed up as it contains graphics and dramatizations that may cause night mares for both young and old.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA7J0KkanzM  Click at your own risk.  End RT.

What does it mean to “choose Yeshua?”  It means having every future choice be under His authority.  It means making Him number one in all things.  It means making Him first and there is no one nor any thing even in line other than Yeshua alone.  It means allowing Him to put everything else in another line and giving Him authority to put that other line in order.  

It means submitting to His authority in all things.  Hebrews 12:8 But if you are without discipline—something all have come to share—then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Besides, we are used to having human fathers as instructors—and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?

Rabbi Trail:  The reason I write these RR’s is because I want to prove that what I think and believe is backed up by Scripture.  Don’t believe me, but do believe the Word of God.  End RT.

Jacob 4:7 Therefore submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you…. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of Adonai, and He shall lift you up.  

Shalom.  And love God. 

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