Rabbi’s Reflections – Wednesday, January 3, 2024
Shalom,

Love Each Other / Glorify God part 25 – Romans, part 250

Romans 15:31 Pray that I might be rescued from the unbelieving Judeans, and that my service for Jerusalem might be acceptable to the kedoshim. 32 Then, God willing, I may come to you in joy, and together with you find rest. 33 Now may the God of shalom be with you all. Amen.

In the RR today, we are meditating on the last 3 verses of Romans 15.  It’s a lot, but I couldn’t resist the temptation to end this portion of our study on an even number.  Paul is asking for prayer on two levels; let’s explore them.  First, he is asking for prayer in power evangelism, “That I might be rescued from the unbelieving Judeans.”  Then he is asking for prayer that “my service for Jerusalem might be acceptable to the kedoshim.”

Both of these prayer requests are connected to growth.  The first is growth from without, while the second is growth from within.  Let me explain.  First, Paul is asking for prayer covering as he ministers the message of salvation to “the unbelieving Judeans.”  Jewish people need the savior.  That might seem obvious, but would it surprise you to learn that not everyone is in agreement?

Rabbi Trail:  Dual Covenant is the idea that Jewish people get a pass from the universal requirement of salvation through faith in Yeshua.  It gets its name from the idea that there is a covenant for Gentiles and another, different covenant, with Jews.  John Hagee is a notable proponent of Dual Covenant. (Although, from time to time he has denied it, it seems that he keeps going back to it.)  Actually, Jewish people like Christians who accept this error, because it gives them a pass on accepting Yeshua.  It is a serious error that is based on a delusion.  Here is Yeshua’s own testimony… John 14:6 Yeshua said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life! No one comes to the Father except through Me.  And we should remember, Yeshua is Jewish and He is speaking to Jewish people when He said this.  End RT.

There is growth that comes to the body of Messiah by bringing new believers into the kingdom of God through faith in Messiah Yeshua.  That is what I’m calling “growth from without.”  Then there is building up the body, which is growth through maturity.  That is what I’m calling “growth from within.”  This is Paul’s request for prayer that his ministry will be acceptable to the kedoshim.  “Kedoshim” is a Hebrew term for “holy ones” used by the Tree of Life Version (TLV) for the believing saints of the Lord.

When we find rest together in Him, we are answering Yeshua’s prayer… John 17:21 that they all may be one. Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, so also may they be one in Us, so the world may believe that You sent Me.  So, Paul comes to the right conclusion, Romans 15:30 Now may the God of shalom be with you all. Amen.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
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