Rabbi’s Reflections – Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Yesterday I promised you an RR titled “Why Rent When You Can Own?” The subject is being written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. No less than 5 chapters of the book of Revelation mention the Book of Life (more than 20%).
Is it, therefore; safe to say that we all want to be written for good in the Lamb’s Book of Life? Many of the prayers for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur begin with the words “S’lach Lanu” meaning “forgive us.” “S’licha” means excuse me or pardon me.
The High Holiday prayer book (called a “Machzor”) is written for community prayer. The thinking of the rabbis is that maybe you (or anyone else praying) didn’t commit a particular sin being prayed over, then that person would not have wasted their prayer because someone in the community must have committed that sin.
But, how often must we ask God to forgive us for Him to believe us? How many prayers equals true repentance? Then, all we’re asking for (in traditional Judaism) is to be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life for another year. Essentially, we are trying to rent another year of life.
Yeshua’s way is called “better promises” because Yeshua is offering us eternal life, being written in the Lamb’s Book of Life for all eternity. That, my friends, is owning a piece of the rock. Hence the question, “Why rent when you can own?”
Believe Yeshua is your Lord and Savior, that He gave Himself for you on the cross and that God raised Him from the dead, and receive eternal life. That’s a hard asset that neither moth nor rust can corrupt.
Memory Verse: Jacob 2:17 So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself.
191 9/23 Monday: Acts 10-11
192 9/24 Tuesday: Acts 12
193 9/25 Wednesday: Acts 13-14
194 9/26 Thursday: Jacob 1-2
195 9/27 Friday: Jacob 3-5
Question of the day: Consider this verse… Jacob (James) 1:19 Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger—
Now that you’ve considered that verse, the question of the day is, “Can we do it?”
Answer: Well? Can you? Why do I always answer a question with a question? Answer: “Do I?”
How did we get the book of James anyway? Originally, this was the book of Ya’akov (Jacob’s Hebrew name). The translators of the King James Bible (about the year 1611) wanted to find a way to honor King James I (who paid for the translation), so they changed the name of the book fo Jacob to James. We’re just changing it back.