Rabbi’s Reflections – Saturday, October 21, 2023
Shabbat Shalom,

God’s promise for Israel… please pray today.  Jeremiah 31:5 Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria—planters will plant and use them. 6 For there will be a day when watchmen will call out in the hill country of Ephraim, ‘Arise, let us go up to Zion, to Adonai our God.’” 7 For thus says Adonai: “Sing aloud with joy for Jacob! Shout with the chief of the nations! Proclaim, give praise, and say: ‘Adonai, save your people, the remnant of Israel!’

Humble Love by David Harwood

When Yeshua introduced Himself in Revelation 1. He said:

“Do not be afraid! I am the First and the Last, and the One who lives. I was dead, but look—I am alive forever and ever! Moreover, I hold the keys of death and Sheol. (Revelation 1:17b–18) 

Before the Messiah said this He interacted with John. John wrote:

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. But He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid! I am the First and the Last…” (Revelation 1:17) 

We have a friend, Marianne. She is on staff with us, helping to oversee our prayer ministry. Years ago, she pointed this out to me: Yeshua had to bend down to place His hand on that prostrated man. Imagine. John “fell at His feet like a dead man.” Yeshua bent over to strengthen him.

This is a picture of the type of love that humbles itself. There is something about God’s humble love seen in this scene that stirs my heart. It’s similar to this:

Who is like Adonai our God, enthroned on high, who brings Himself down to look upon heaven and upon earth? (Psalm 113:5–6) 

The Hebrew in Psalm 113 indicates that God gets low. When we consider our Creator’s majesty, His humility manifest in Yeshua is worthy of amazement. But how humble is Yeshua right now? After all He has been glorified. Read this description of what John saw that caused him to collapse.

I saw One like a Son of Man, clothed in a robe down to His feet, with a golden belt wrapped around His chest. His head and His hair were white like wool, white like snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the roar of rushing waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came forth a sharp, two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at full strength. (Revelation 1:13b–16) 

We know the following is true, but it’s worth reiterating and thinking about.

Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) 

Our glorified Messiah is still humble and His humility is motivated by His love.

Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them until the end. … So He gets up from the meal and lays aside His outer garment; and taking a towel, He wrapped it around His waist. Then He pours water into a basin. He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel wrapped around Him. (John 13:1b,4-5)

Now our King is risen from the dead. He will never die again. His resurrection is His eternal state. Yeshua’s resurrection signifies a shift of legitimate spiritual authority. This glorified resurrected man is the Living One who has displaced and disgraced all usurping spiritual forces. These deceived and enslaved humanity and, through our alienation from God, brought creation to a place of groaning and futility. Now, through Yeshua, they have to deal with the Creator who became united to His creation in His incarnation. Really, they’ve already lost.

The one who bowed down to comfort John is exalted. Let’s focus on Yeshua, and let’s listen to Him.

He still speaks.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarsson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Sat 21-Oct-2023 6th of Cheshvan, 5784 Parashat Noach
Ge 11:1-32 Isa 54:1-55:5 2 Pe 3:1-14