Rabbi’s Reflections – Thursday, January 18, 2024
Shalom ,

Salutations and Summary, part 12 – Romans, part 262

For the next few days I plan to write several summaries of Romans, kind of a recap of what we’ve learned over the last year.  Today, we begin In Romans 1 with a two-word phrase found in Romans 1:26.  Paul warns us of the penalty of trading in the truth of God for a lie (verse 25).  In several verses before and after, Paul goes into detail, explaining the lie is worshipping anything in this world (the creation).  The truth is worshipping the creator.

Romans 1:25 They traded the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Then the bomb… that two-word phrase is “shameful passions.”  These days, calling shameful passions what they are, “shameful passions” is considered hate speech by many.  Well, let me tell you, it isn’t.  It is love speech purposed to save those so tempted from the fires of hell.

Romans 2:9 There will be trouble and hardship for every human soul that does evil—to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

This is a warning to all of us.  The minute we start to think we have nothing over which to repent, boom, we must now repent of pride.

Romans 3:10 As it is written, “There is no one righteous—no, not one. (Quoting Ecclesiastes 7:20)

Paul says the advantage of being Jewish is “much every way.”  The Torah provides us with God’s pattern of life.  It is an “owners manual” to everyone with a physical body.

Rabbi Trail:  It is common in modern Christianity to see the Torah as the Law associated with works.  This thinking is in opposition to this scripture… Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, the puffed up one—his soul is not right within him, But the righteous will live by his trust (faith).  However; faith and truth are not in opposition to one another, they are in partnership.  End RT.

Romans 3:31  Do we then nullify the Torah through faithfulness? May it never be! On the contrary, we uphold the Torah. 

And, one last proof-text… John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. We looked upon His glory, the glory of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth…. John 1:17 Torah was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah.  Grace and truth are put together in both verses.  They are in partnership scripturally.  We should partner with them too, for righteousness’ sake.  We know God’s ways because we know the Scriptures.  Violating God’s righteous principles is an abomination to the Lord, who loves us and has called us to walk as He walked.

Throughout the first eight chapters of Romans (and beyond), Paul is calling each of us to avoid shameful passions and follow the example of Yeshua.  This is not rhetorical, but a practical call to the righteousness of Him, Who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.  (Ephesians 5:8) Shalom shalom.

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