Rabbi’s Reflections – Thursday, October 12, 2023
Shalom,

The Shomair Elders are endorsing the Tikkun Global prayer and fasting initiative.  It was announced yesterday and started today, but you can join in any time.  It’s a simple 21 day “Daniel’s Fast” of no meat and no sweets as we pray for Israel.  Here’s the link to sign yourself up…. https://www.tikkunglobal.org/2023

You know, Israel was founded because we Jews came to realize that there will never be any place on earth that we will be safe.  There is one country in the whole world where Jews can be self-governing, provide for the common good and be safe from attack, Israel.  If we ever had that vision, it’s been shattered.  May God fulfill His promise… Micah 4:4 But each man will sit under his vine and under his fig tree, with no one causing terror, for the mouth of Adonai-Tzva’ot has spoken.

The first verse of that chapter tells us when this will happen… Micah 4:1 But at the end of days the mountain of Adonai’s House will be established as chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills. Peoples will flow up to it.  Until then, and as we see that day approaching, we’ll have to fight for peace.  May God protect the soldiers of the IDF and have mercy on all people as we approach the end.

Life In The Body part 14 – Romans, part 189

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.

What’s the meaning of this verse?  Life together, in the body of Messiah is one of both gladness and sorrow.  To be a friend you have to identify with people both when they are glad and also when they are sad.  What follows is reprinted from Rich Cleary (used by permission).  Rich leads our sister congregation in Kansas City (who knows if they are in Missouri or Kansas).  When I read it, I felt like it remarkably fits our subject verse.  Here is what Rich wrote with some slight edits.

“A key leadership principle for us in a crisis like this is to stay focused on what is most important and to engage with God in His priorities. By our example and by our words, we can help others around us stay focused on what is most important and engage more effectively in relational partnership with God, even in our grief. This applies in all our spheres.

Our grief is not a hindrance to our effectiveness but can be catalyst if we will bring our pain, daily into God’s loving and transforming presence. Our grief should be a testimony of the grieving heart of God. But the enemy will try to use it to create a sense of distance between us and God as well as  each another.

During these grievous times, there are many temptations we can all experience, such as isolation, or uncontrolled anger and speech.  We might even be tempted to fall into despair, hopelessness, and/or fearful anxiety. Many can feel the pull and self-justification toward an undisciplined attention on the news, day and night. This will do little to help our friends in Israel, so we must resist the temptations we face and strengthen ourselves and each other in the LORD.

So much of our leadership calling in these times is a battle for perspective and engagement in the right things, as led by the Spirit with a courageous faith.  Therefore; let us keep encouraging one another in these days. When one is down, the others can lift up.  Please be sure to reach out if encouragement is needed.  From time to time, we all need prayer. We, as a people, honor interdependence and team work.

We will stand in solidarity with one another and Israel together. That is who we are.  God, have mercy on Israel, in Yeshua’s name, amen.”

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Thu 12-Oct-2023 27th of Tishrei, 5784
Ge 4:19-22 Jos 6 Ps 6 Mt 5:1-26 (Jas 5)