Rabbi’s Reflections – Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Life In The Body part 46 – Romans, part 221

Romans 14:19 So then let us pursue what makes for shalom and for the building up of one another.

And there it is… every good discourse builds to a crescendo.  This is the high point for Paul.  Shalom is the high point for “self,” and edification of others is the high point for interpersonal relationships.  First, let’s “dig in” to “Shalom.”

We are all born crying.  If we’re not actually crying out loud when we’re first born, it won’t be long before we are.  We are born needing to be fed and to be cared for, and we quickly learn the way to communicate our desires is to cry until we receive the attention we want.  We expect children to cry for attention, but it violates our expectations when adults do it.

Shalom is a state of being at peace.  It’s the opposite of crying out for help.  As we grow, there are many stages of Shalom.  Ultimately, we can only be fully satisfied as we learn to trust the Lord to fulfill our needs.  John 4:13 Yeshua replied to her, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. 14 But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty. The water that I give him will become a fountain of water within him, springing up to eternal life!”

There is a “Shalom” that surpasses understanding.  Philippians 4:7 And the shalom of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua.  Shalom “surpasses all understanding” when we’re steady in the midst of trial.  The Lord wants to establish us so that we are unshakeable.  Psalm 55:23(22) Cast your burden on Adonai, and He will sustain you. He will never let the righteous be shaken.

It is only when we are established in the Lord that we are ready to build others up in that same spirit of steadfast faith. Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another day by day—as long as it is called “Today”—so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  That’s it!  First, we reach a place of “Shalom” in the Lord, and then we ready to help others get there too.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Wed 29-Nov-2023 16th of Kislev, 5784
Ge 33:6-20 1 Sa 6-7 Ps 47 Mk 5:21-43 (1 Co 7:1-24)