Rabbi’s Reflections – Saturday, January 11, 2020 

Shabbat Shalom *|FNAME|*,

The very first RR was written on my birthday in 2017.  Since then I’ve written about 930 of them.  I’ve adapted what I’ve written here from that very first entry.  It’s short and sweet.  Take the rest of the day off.  It’s Shabbat.

As believers in Yeshua we spend a lot of our time in history (the past) and the future (through prophesy).  Sadly, we can’t live in the past or in the future, but only in the present.  I believe it is a play on words that the present is called the present.  It is as if each day is a gift which can only be unwrapped and appreciated as a present (gift) in the present (time).  Let’s live in the moment and teach our children to do the same. 

The Bible contains much on history and much on prophesy, but not a lot on the here and now.  Still, the present is the only opportunity we have to meet God.  

The word “today” only appears in the Bible 161 times.  In the New Testament is only is mentioned in Matthew, Luke, Acts and Hebrews.  Then there is that verse from Psalm 95 that is quoted in Hebrews 3, “Today, if you will hear His voice.”  When we read Psalm 95, we learn that hearing His voice today has to do with being His sheep and listening to the Good Shepherd.  Let’s invest ourselves in that.  Finally, the verse of the day.

Gal 6:9 So let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good toward all—especially those who belong to the household of faith.

I’m going to apply this principle to the life of Abraham in the Shabbat message.  This is also consistent with our assignment to be ambassadors for the Messiah.  As my friend and radio personality and RR reader, Bob Bell, says, “Go do Jesus to someone today.”