Rabbi’s Reflections – Saturday, October 7, 2023
Shabbat Shalom,

Focus On Yeshua
by David Harwood

Are we in, or are we approaching, the End of Days? If so, what should we do?

Focus on Yeshua.

There is a course we must finish.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. In the future there is reserved for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not to me only, but also to everyone who has longed for His appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7–8) 

There is a way we can persevere. It is to concentrate on the Messiah. He already ran this race. Now, He is the race’s goal.

Let us run with endurance the race set before us, focusing on Yeshua, the initiator and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1b–2a) 

The text rightly says that He is the same yesterday today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) We can have a true knowledge of Him through the Scriptures as the Ruach ha-Kodesh makes them alive to us, especially within the context of community.

Eternal life is relational.(John 17:3) Yeshua is the way God justifies, sanctifies, perfects, and infuses us with everlasting life. Paul wrote that his ambition was to know Him. (Philippians 3:10) Through prayer and meditation God can conform our hearts to the same ambition. We’ll want to know Him, too.

We get most of our insight into the Messiah from the Gospels. Therein, Yeshua speaks of Himself. He demonstrates what He is like. He speaks of realities that are hidden from natural insight. However, there is another scriptural source of illumination to which we might resort for further revelation.

Do we want to fix our eyes on Him as He really is?

Well, how He presents Himself as the glorified Son of Man is important to that process. The humility of the incarnation and His suffering should never be forgotten. Who He is now is something that also needs to be emphasized.

At the end of the oracle He is still revealed as “the Root and the Offspring of David” (Revelation 22:16). He pre-existed David and He is David’s descendent. He became, and remains, a Judean. (Revelation 5:5) He’s coming back. In fact, He has guaranteed, “I am coming quickly.” The response of His people is, “Amen. Come, Lord Yeshua!” (Revelation 22:20)

Revelation is unique in many ways. It cannot be easily classified. It is a prophecy given in an apocalyptic genre. It is an apocalypse. It is prophecy. It is both. In the record of John’s trance is the Messiah’s self-revelation. Let’s concentrate on His self-disclosure in the beginning of this book.

Here’s how He introduces Himself:

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says Adonai Elohim, “Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty!” (Revelation 1:8) 

And then:

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) 

Who is to come” speaks of the Messiah’s return and that’s what this book has in view. When our eyes are on Yeshua, we see Him as eternal, present, and coming. We see Him as the living God, who – incarnate – died, was raised from the dead, and has ultimate authority (the keys).

And He can be known.

So let us know, let us strive to know Adonai. 

Like dawn His going forth is certain. He will come to us like the rain, like the latter rain watering the earth. (Hosea 6:3) 

Focus on Yeshua.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarsson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Sat 7 Oct 2023 22nd of Tishrei, 5784 Shmini Atzeret
De 16:9-17, Nu 29:35-40[30:1] 1 Ki 8:54-9:1[8:66]
Eccl 1-12  Jn 7:53-8:12