Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, January 20, 2020
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Rabbi Trail:  The headline on page 6A of Saturday’s Knox News Sentinel read, “Lead aprons could do more harm than good.”  Of course!  And hand sanitizer causes the flu.

The article is based on the comments a researcher made last December at a symposium in Colorado.  The NEWSpaper is now reporting 6 week old NEWS.  That’s an oxymoron, with emphasis on the “moron.”  No offense to any morons who read the RR faithfully.  (If you unsubscribe because you’re offended by that comment, you’re giving yourself away.)

The researcher’s comments last December included analysis done in the early 1950’s on fruit flies, which led to the conclusion that radiation from X-rays might cause birth defects.  This led to the practice of covering the reproductive organs of patients with a lead apron before taking X-ray images.

This left me with two still unanswered questions.  How did they cover the reproductive organs of fruit flies and which fruit flies volunteered to be the control group?  If you have an answer, please forward your comments for evaluation.  If, OTOH, you’re amazed I have nothing better to do than write this silliness, please laugh it off like I did.  Proverbs 17:22a A cheerful heart is good medicine. End RT.

Enough silliness, let’s really start the RR by continuing our discussion of the First Pillar:  The Gospel is the Gospel of the Kingdom, Part 2.

To grasp the next part of this kingdom gospel, consider this verse… Acts 1:6 So when they gathered together, they asked Him, “Lord, are You restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?”  Those who walked with Yeshua, who knew Him and heard His teaching first hand were not concerned about the rapture or getting to heaven.  Life from the dead was well known and widely believed.  Instead of being focused on getting to heaven, the Apostles were concerned with having the kingdom restored to Israel.

Rabbi Trail:  Every kingdom requires a king; no king, no kingdom.  Remember our pillar: The Gospel is the Gospel of the kingdom.  The Jewish prophets (Was there any other kind?) all spoke of a world united to God through the nation of Israel and to Israel through the promised Messiah.  A promised kingdom under the authority of the Savior.

Let me give you two examples… Amos 9:14 Yes, I will restore the captivity of My people Israel. They will rebuild desolated cities and dwell in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine. They will also make gardens and eat their fruit. 15 Yes, I will plant them on their land, and they will never again be plucked up out of their land that I have given to them.” Adonai, your God, has said it.

Isaiah 2:3 Then many peoples will go and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of Adonai, to the House of the God of Jacob! Then He will teach us His ways, and we will walk in His paths.” For Torah will go forth from Zion and the word of Adonai from Jerusalem.

To this day Jewish people do not understand why this was not connected to the first coming of Yeshua…. Isaiah 2:4b Nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war any more.   

The gospel message is connected to the first coming of Yeshua.  Yes, He came and He will come again.  Many rabbis have believed in two Messiah’s; Machiach ben Yoseph (a suffering servant) and Mashiach ben David (a victorious reigning king).  Very few (but some definitely) have understood rightly that there is only one Messiah who comes twice.  This is written of His second coming….  Zechariah 14:9 Adonai will then be King over all the earth. In that day Adonai will be Echad and His Name Echad.

Week 4
Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 10:12 For we do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they have no understanding.

* 16   1/20  Monday:        Genesis 27-28
17   1/21    Tuesday:       Genesis 29-30:24
18   1/22    Wednesday:  Genesis 31-32
19   1/23    Thursday:      Genesis 33;35
20   1/24    Friday:           Genesis 37

Question of the day: What is a generational curse and how is it broken?

Answer:  An example is in our reading today.  Rebekah is sneaky.  She conspires with Joseph to lie to her husband (his father) Isaac.  Then she sends Joseph to her brother, Laban, who tricks Jacob for more than 20 years.  Then Jacob, himself, is tricked by his sons, who act perversely toward their brother, Joseph.

Numbers 14:18b Still, He does not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations.’

To break a generational curse, we have to pray.  Confess the sin and offer forgiveness to those who sinned against you.  Then pray for the breaking of ungodly spiritual strongholds and soul ties.  Call upon God for deliverance.  Daniel gives us a great example in the 9th chapter.

Let’s stop suffering and start living.  Revelation 18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you participate in her sins and receive her plagues!