Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, October 14, 2022
(Early) Shabbat,

Dear Faithful RR Readers:

We always knew this day would come.  Take a breath, I’m not going to stop writing the RR altogether.  By the grace of God, it gives me much blessing to write down my conversation with the Lord every morning.  However; I am traveling to Kenya this Friday (together with a medical mission of Samaritan’s Purse at Tenwek Hospital) and will be in Kenya until the end of the month.

What this means is that I may not have time or the internet connection to write and publish as usual.  Because of that and because I want you to stay current with both the Daily Bread (by Lars Enarson) and the F260, I am providing a list of next week’s readings below.

Rabbi Trail: Please be understanding and forgiving, as the RR’s may arrive late or not come out at all on some days (especially travel days).  We will honor all refund requests as we want you to be completely satisfied with your subscription (our usual 100% satisfaction guarantee applies). End RT.

The history of Tenwek Hospital is truly amazing.  https://www.tenwekhosp.org/history/ My son-in-law, a heart surgeon, and daughter-in-law, an OBGYN, have both volunteered there each of the last 10 years.  This year, Jan and I have been invited to assist them.   Please remember to pray for us while we are away.

Thank you and God bless you,
Rabbi Michael


The Upper Room Discourse (part 52 of ???)

John 16:23 “In that day, you will ask Me nothing. Amen, amen I tell you, whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. 24 Up to now, you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be full.

I’m reading these two verses very deliberately.  These words seem overwhelming.  What did Yeshua mean?  Why did He say this at this moment?  Many other questions, each of which will take much prayer to answer.

Immediately, Yeshua is taking the focus off of Himself.  “You will ask me nothing.”  Why not?  Yeshua, Himself, answers the question, “… you ask the Father in My name.”  To properly understand the fullness of Yeshua’s meaning, we have to understand what He means by “in My name.”

Most of us easily end every prayer by saying, “In Yeshua’s name, amen.”  We think that is the formula to “asking in Yeshua’s name.”  Well, it isn’t!  A “name” is more than a label of identification.  A “name” is a reputation.  A good name (and Yeshua has the only good name) is both faithful and true.

Hebrews 6:18b  … it is impossible for God to lie….

God cannot lie because God cannot make a mistake.  There is nothing He doesn’t know.  All of Satan’s craftiness is his vain attempt to make God a liar.  Psalm 145:17 Adonai is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. 18 Adonai is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.

Yeshua identified Himself with the truth… 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.” To ask in Yeshua’s name means to pray in agreement with His reputation.  He promises He will give you “whatever you ask.”  But that’s not the whole verse.  We have to ask “in My name” which means in accordance with Yeshua’s reputation.

Praying in Yeshua’s name is not like playing “go fish,” where you reach for the next card and exclaim, “Got what I wanted.”  If that were so, every time, it wouldn’t be long before we would believe in ourselves.  But God’s perspective is eternal.  We have to trust His judgment.

More on this next week.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Fri 14-Oct-2022 19th of Tishrei, 5783 (CH”M) Sukkot V
Ex 34:1-3 Mal 1-2 2 Ch 35 (Ac 28) Rev 22

Week 42
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

Here is the reading schedule for next week.

Mon 17-Oct-2022 22nd of Tishrei, 5783 Shmini Atzeret
De 14:22-16:17 Nu 29:35-30:1 1 Ki 8:54-9:1[8:66]   Jn 7:53-8:11

Tue 18-Oct-2022 23rd of Tishrei, 5783 Simchat Torah
De 33:8-34:12; Ge 1:1-2:3 Jos 1-2 Ps 1-2 Mt 1 (Jas 1)

Wed 19-Oct-2022 24th of Tishrei, 5783
Ge 2:4-19 Jos 3-4 Ps 3-4 Mat 2 (Jas 2)

Thu 20-Oct-2022 25th of Tishrei, 5783
Ge 2:20-3:21 Jos 5-6 Ps 5 Mt 3 (Jas 3)

Fri 21-Oct-2022 26th of Tishrei, 5783
Ge 3:22-4:18 Jos 7 Ps 6 Mt 4 (Jas 4)

Sat 22-Oct-2022 27th of Tishrei, 5783 Parashat Beresheet
Ge 4:19-6:8 Isa 42:5-43:10 Ro 1:18-32

Sun 23-Oct-2022 28th of Tishrei, 5783
Ge 6:9-22  Jos 8 Ps 7 Mt 5 (Jas 5)

Week 43
Memory Verse: Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the Good News, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who trusts—to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 In it the righteousness of God is revealed, from trust to trust. As it is written, “But the righteous shall live by emunah.”

211 10/17    Monday:         1 Corinthians 15-16

212 10/18    Tuesday:        2 Corinthians 1-2

213 10/19    Wednesday:   2 Corinthians 3-4

214 10/20    Thursday:       2 Corinthians 5-6

215 10/21    Friday:            2 Corinthians 7-8