Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Shalom *|FNAME|*,

So, which law is it?  Are we to obey the Law of Moses or the law of love?   We are told by Scripture to obey Yeshua’s commands (Yeshua even says, if you love me, keep my commandments.)  Which commandments?  All of them, Lord?  How much of this is optional?

I have much (volumes) to write on this subject.  I am not telling you what to do or how to live your life.  I’m busy enough trying to live my own life.  As always, I’m writing for my own benefit, but I’ll let you read my thoughts.

Nothing I’m writing here is connected to salvation.  Salvation is by grace and grace alone, and not by works.  Beyond salvation, there is the matter of reward.  2 Timothy 4:8 In the future there is reserved for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not to me only, but also to everyone who has longed for His appearing.

So, let’s be clear, I am writing about what may be evidence of salvation.  A saved person will experience a change of lifestyle.  2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  That said, let’s proceed.

The Scripture says, Colossians 2:16 Therefore, do not let anyone pass judgment on you in matters of food or drink, or in respect to a festival or new moon or Shabbat.  I agree with this; “do not let anyone judge you.”  However; God is not anyone and God is our judge.

Since God is our judge, don’t let any human keep you from being obedient to the judge.  Lord, you speak and we will respond.  John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice. I know them, and they follow Me.

Week 34
Memory Verse: John 6:37 Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and anyone coming to Me I will never reject.

166   8/19  Monday:       John 6

* 167   8/20  Tuesday:      Matthew 19:16-30

168   8/21  Wednesday: Luke 15-16

169   8/22  Thursday:     Luke 17:11-37; 18

170   8/23  Friday:          Mark 10

The question of the day:  Matthew 19:26b “… with God all things are possible.”  Do we really believe this, or do we just say it?

Answer:  How we live our lives over time will provide the only true answer to the question of the day.  “Things” are possible because only God is the creator of all “things.” (quotes added for effect).  See Colossians 1:16.

I’ve taught you the term “zero sum game.”  It means the only way for one to win is for another to lose.  God is the creator, so He alone does not have to take from one to provide an increase to another.  With God, all things are possible.

It is even possible for us to sin (break God’s Law, but it is impossible for God to help us sin.  So, God helping us sin must not be a “thing.”  God cannot violate His own Word.  The righteous God cannot sin.  Therefore we have this verse called a “glorious mystery.”  Colossians 1:27b Messiah in you, the hope of glory!