Rabbi’s Reflections – Saturday, October 22, 2022
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Growing in Love for God 39
by David Harwood

We are social creatures. Healthy humans communicate. Disciples have the graced ability to edify, encourage and inspire others. This can happen without planning, without intentionality. Communication can also be purposeful.

The most extreme example of deliberately cruel, harmful speech I can recall was at the wake of a friend’s daughter. Someone walked up to him and said, “I’m glad she’s dead.” and calmly walked away. Can you imagine? My friend was an ex-Marine drill sergeant. I’m glad he was truly saved. There could have been two funerals there.

Here’s a different type of speech with a very different motivation.

Adonai Elohim has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning. He awakens My ear to give heed as a disciple. (Isaiah 50:4 TLV)

There are weary people out there. Sometimes I’m one of them. I appreciate it when someone who is learning from the Lord shares what they have received from Him and makes it relevant to me. Adonai is willing to initiate encouragement through those who will take the initiative to help others. The Messiah Yeshua promised that those who are overwhelmed could learn from Him and be refreshed.

Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and ‘you will find rest for your souls.’ For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30 TLV)

The Greek word translated rest is anapauō. It does mean to give rest. In the same nuance it als means to refresh. Those who are refreshed are best able to refresh others. Those who are at rest can lead others to that place of peace. If we want to, and are willing to, participate in this process we will be led by the Lord in helping others.

Yeshua wants to refresh others with you. Look at this verse. It’s great:

Yes, brother, let me have some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Messiah. (Philemon 20 TLV)

I think I’d have a rough time if Paul showed up at my house and said, “David, let me benefit from you in the Lord. David, refresh my heart in the Messiah.”

However, if Father had recently given me some illumination about Yeshua that was meaningful to me, and I knew was meaningful to the Father, maybe, just maybe I would say, “This may not be amazing, Apostle Paul, but I was refreshed in my love for Yeshua when (I believe) the Father made this truth alive to me.” Then I’d share with him of the Spiritual-Biblical truth that resonated with my soul.

Who knows? Maybe this verse would have transpired:

Then, God willing, I may come to you in joy, and together with you find rest. (Romans 15:32 TLV)

After all, Paul wrote of some leaders in Corinth and testified to the effective edification that the household of Stephanus had offered.

For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men. (1 Corinthians 16:18 TLV)

In fact, the Corinthians, as messed up as they may have been (read 1 Corinthians) refreshed Titus, one of Paul’s spiritual sons.

For this reason we have been encouraged. Besides our own encouragement, we rejoiced even more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you. (2 Corinthians 7:13 TLV)

This is part of God’s nature. He rejuvenates the spiritually exhausted.

“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul will refresh.” (Jeremiah 31:25 TLV)

Do you know any spiritually weary people? It is easy to get tired. Do you know of anyone whose love for God needs to be refreshed? Often, weariness is a manifestation of a heart-sickness that comes from deferred hope. Hopeful people are energized, not exhausted. Their true hope is in the God who reveals Himself. He said:

And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14a TLV)

Wait on the Lord for fresh illumination about God’s nature.

but they who wait for Adonai will renew their strength. They will soar up with wings as eagles. They will run, and not grow weary. They will walk, and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31 TLV)

Ask Him for illumination. Expect the answer. Share what you believe you receive with a friend – especially a weary friend.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarsson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Sat 22-Oct-2022 27th of Tishrei, 5783 Parashat Beresheet
Ge 4:19-6:8 Isa 42:5-43:10 Ro 1:18-32