Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, October 11, 2022
The Upper Room Discourse (part 49 of ???)
John 16:14 He (the Holy Spirit) will glorify Me, because He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 Everything that the Father has is Mine. For this reason I said the Ruach will take from what is Mine and declare it to you.”
Can you believe we are in part 49 of the Upper Room Discourse? Yeshua had much to say to His disciples before His crucifixion. Mostly, He was describing what life would be like without Him physically present. He was describing life in the kingdom of God. In a way it reminds me of last week’s Torah portion, in which Moses described life without him in the Promised Land.
Ha’Azinu is the first word (and thus the name) of Deuteronomy 32, meaning “(hear) in your ears”. In it, Moses describes life in the promised land along with a stern warning against disobedience. The point is that God has government (in which He alone reigns supreme), both in Moses and in Yeshua. While they are similar (Yeshua’s government is built upon the Law (Government) of Moses, they are not the same.
Hebrews 8:6 But now Yeshua has obtained a more excellent ministry, insofar as He is the mediator of a better covenant which has been enacted on better promises.
This was prophesied by Jeremiah… Jeremiah 31:30(31) “Behold, days are coming” —it is a declaration of Adonai— “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 31a(32a) not like the covenant I made with their fathers.
Here, in our subject verses, we have a full expression of the love between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. So much love, they delight to share it with Yeshua’s followers, who return it to them in abundance and also bring God joy as we share His love with one another.
1 John 4:7 Loved ones, let us love one another, for love is from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 The love of God was revealed among us by this—that God sent His one and only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
Today is day 2 of Sukkot, which is an 8 day holiday (some would argue 7 days, and there is a case for that, but the 8th day is a bonus day, and there is no argument with that). Sukkot typifies of foreshadows the coming kingdom of God. The symbol of God’s kingdom, now and then, is the cross. The image is the vertical beam (love for God) and the horizontal beam (love for each other) crossing over the heart of Yeshua. Please pray about this.
1 John 4:11 Loved ones, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Tue 11-Oct-2022 16th of Tishrei, 5783 Sukkot II
Le 23:33-44 Nu 29:12-16 1 Ki 8:2-21 Mt 17:1-8
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has taken hold of you except what is common to mankind. But God is faithful—He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can handle. But with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape, so you will be able to endure it.
206 10/10 Monday: 1 Corinthians 5-6
207 10/11 Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 7-8
208 10/12 Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 9-10
209 10/13 Thursday: 1 Corinthians 10-12
210 10/14 Friday: 1 Corinthians 13-14