Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, November 10, 2023
(Early) Shabbat Shalom,

Please pray for Jonathan Bernis’ full recovery.  As far as I know, he is still in ICU in Dallas.  www.jewishvoice.com

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For the last month it has been hard to have “Shabbat Shalom.”  If we watch the news media with the idea that we will get information, we will become distorted and develop a false reality of what is happening in the world.  The link below is a dose of reality.  Are we the evil occupiers as the media claims?  You decide…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfKK1YOr05k

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Life In The Body part 33 – Romans, part 208

Romans 14:3 Don’t let the one who eats disparage the one who does not eat, and don’t let the one who does not eat judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him.

I’m intentionally moving slowly through these verses.  It is easy to get confused.  Taken on the surface, this looks like a discussion between eating and not eating.  That is until we remember the context is between vegetarians and omnivores.  It has nothing whatsoever to do with eating Miss Piggy (something she is very much against).

This might be a good time for an update on the difference between using judgment and being a judge.  Of course the Scriptures demand we exercise good judgment, it’s called discernment.  The writer of Hebrews even uses food in his example of good judgment.

Hebrews 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who through practice have their senses trained to discern both good and evil.

The judgment to be avoided is more like a verdict or condemnation.  Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Messiah Yeshua.  Even later in this chapter, we find admonition to avoid passing judgment on others.  That responsibility rest solely upon God.

Romans 14:13a Therefore let us not judge one another from now on….

Rabbi Trail:  Let’s take a “Rabbi Trail” for a note of clarity.  Much of what I shared yesterday about keeping kosher (kashrut) was instruction from the Talmud.  The Talmud is not Scripture, it is additional instruction provided by the rabbis.  Yeshua addressed these additional instructions.  Mark 7:13 “(You make) void the word of God with your tradition that you’ve handed down. And you do many such things.”  At Shomair, we teach people to follow Yeshua’s teachings which are found in Scripture.  So all the additional rules about separating milk from meat and methods of harvesting and killing are extra-biblical.  End RT.

So, let’s bring this to a conclusion.  Let each person eat and drink according to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  We follow the biblical standards within our community kitchen (at our Shomair building).  But what you do in your home kitchen is between you and the Lord.  It is very “Jewish” to be competitive in our observance. Unfortunately, it is also very “Messianic,” but Paul is letting us know the kingdom of God is not that way, as we will see in a day or two.  Romans 14:5b …Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Fri 10-Nov-2023 26th of Cheshvan, 5784
Ge 25:1-11 Jdg 8 Ps 31 Mt 24:29-51 (Ro 8:18-39)