Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, January 13, 2023
(Early) Shabbat Shalom,
Yeshua Is On The Horizon – Romans, part 4
Romans 1:4 He was appointed Ben-Elohim in power according to the Ruach of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. He is Messiah Yeshua our Lord.
I want to focus here on the appointment of Yeshua as Ben-Elohim (Son of God) by the Holy Spirit. This “appointment” means He was set apart. The Greek word translated as “appointment” actually comes from the same word where we get our English word “horizon.” It means something new is dawning. In Yeshua, we have reached the edge of what is visible.
This verse is here so we will get the “top button” correct. If the top button is not correct, the rest of the shirt will not match up. If we don’t have Messiah Yeshua as our resurrected Lord, nothing else for the rest of our life will be in right order.
When we think of resurrection from the dead, we usually focus on the resurrection. But without being dead, there can be no resurrection. Death was humiliating for Yeshua. It was a time when Satan was jubilant in what appeared to be a final victory. For three days it appeared that God was a liar. God had promise that the Son would live forever (see yesterday’s RR), but death up until now had always been final.
Rabbi Trail: Before Yeshua’s resurrection, there had been other resurrections (including Lazarus), but none of them had been eternally resurrected. End RT.
But Jeremiah prophesied a resurrection. Jeremiah 30:9 Instead they will serve Adonai their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. Without death there can be no resurrection. The same is true for us. Our assignment is to humble ourselves (also called “death to self”) so that God can raise us up to be with Him.
Galatians 2:20 and it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me. And the life I now live in the body, I live by trusting in Ben-Elohim—who loved me and gave Himself up for me. This goes together with… Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in our trespasses, He made us alive together with Messiah. (By grace you have been saved!) 6 And He raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Messiah Yeshua— 7 to show in the olam ha-ba the measureless richness of His grace in kindness toward us in Messiah Yeshua.
That’s a great way to end this five day week of RRs. The promise is that we will take our place next to Yeshua in the heavenly places. Thank the Lord.
Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Fri 13-Jan-2023 20th of Tevet, 5783
Ex 4:18-31 1 Ki 1 Ps 101-102 Lk 17 (Eph 1)