Rabbi’s Reflections – Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Salutations and Summary, part 5 – Romans, part 255

Romans 16:19 Your obedience has become known to all, so I rejoice over you—but I want you to be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil.

Paul is pointing out that obedience is to be much desired, a standard to which Paul held himself.… 1Corinthians 9:27 Rather, I punish my body and bring it into submission, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.  Yeshua, in His final moments on earth understood this weakness all too well.  Matthew 26:41 Keep watching and praying, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Scripturally, there is a huge gulf between the mind (in which resides knowledge) and the heart (in which resides desire).  Ultimately, our walk with God has to be a matter of the heart.  Proverbs 3:5 Trust in Adonai with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding (mind). 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Adonai and turn away from evil.  The very next verse reveals the benefit… Proverbs 3:8 It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.

God alone is our judge, and He judges the intents of the heart.  Hear God’s instruction to Samuel regarding Saul.  1Samuel 16:7 But Adonai said to Samuel,… For (Adonai) does not see a man as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but Adonai looks into the heart.”

So be both wise and innocent regarding good and evil.  1Corinthians 15:33  Do not be deceived! “Bad company corrupts good morals.”  Please pay attention to this wisdom… The entertainment industry is “bad company.” Use your “ear gate,” your “eye gate” and your “thought gate” for good and not evil.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise—dwell on these things.

Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Wednesday 10-Jan-24
Exodus 7:8-8:10[6] 2 Samuel 16 Psalm 83 Luke 10 Ephesians 5:1-17