Rabbi’s Reflections – Wednesday, December 1, 2021  (4 candles at sunset)

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Wed 01-Dec-2021 27th of Kislev, 5782 Chanukah: 3 Candles
Ge 41:53-42:18 1 Sa 16 Ps 56 Mk 11 (1 Co 14:20-40)
Nu 7:24-35, 1 Macc 5-6

Week 49
Memory Verse:  2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

241   12/2    Monday:        Hebrews 7
242   12/3    Tuesday:       Hebrews 8-9
243   12/4    Wednesday:  Hebrews 10
244   12/5    Thursday:      Hebrews 11
245   12/6    Friday:           Hebrews 12

Throwback Wednesday!  Here you go….  After you read the two reprints from years past, I’ve got something fresh from today’s reading.

From Wednesday, December 5, 2018… Question of the day:  What 2 verses speak most loudly?

Answer: Hebrews 10:10, 14.

Hebrews 10:10 “By His will we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Messiah Yeshua once for all.” The Scripture makes a big distinction regarding “once for all.”  Nothing in the ministry of the Aaronic priesthood was permanent.  But Yeshua overcame sin in the flesh as a permanent healing for our disconnect from God.

Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering He has perfected forever those being made holy.”  “Perfected forever” makes our previous point again.  Being perfected speaks to Yeshua’s ministry of “Shalom.”  In Him we are whole and complete.  Also, I like the perfect tense of this verse, “being made holy.”  This speaks of ongoing work in us.  Although “it is finished,” we are still “being made holy” through His completed work.

The chapter ends with a strong admonition for us to walk in righteousness before God.  Hebrews 10:26 ”For if we keep on sinning willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,” Thank God repentance is available to us.

From Wednesday, December 4, 2019… Question of the day:  What is too good in Hebrews 10?

Answer:  How can anything be “too good?”  (Very dangerous to answer a question with a question.  See the RT below.)

Rabbi Trail:  You heard the one about the man who went to see his psychiatrist.  The psychiatrist asked him, “Why do you always answer a question with another question?”  The man answered, “Do I?”  End RT.

This is a little long (quote from Hebrews 10), but it really is the “too good” of Hebrews 10.

Hebrews 10:11 Indeed, every kohen stands day by day serving and offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. 12 But on the other hand, when this One offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God— 13 waiting from then on, until His enemies are made a footstool for His feet. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those being made holy. 15 The Ruach ha-Kodesh also testifies to us—for after saying, 16 “This is the covenant that I will cut with them: ‘After those days,’ says Adonai, ‘I will put My Torah upon their hearts, and upon their minds I will write it,’” then He says, 17 “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

What is written on our hearts and minds?  That’s right, say it, “The Torah.”  (To be clear, the five books of Moses.) Not something else.  Receive the forgiveness of sins and embrace the call to righteousness.

Romans 8:4 so that the requirement of the Torah might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Ruach.

And that is the last word today.  Please meditate on it.  Thank you for reading.  Let’s all spend some time resting in the love of God.

Now, something new for today, Wednesday, December 1, 2021…

How does Hebrews 10:1 describe the High Priest Robes?

Hebrews 10:1 The Torah has a shadow of the good things to come—not the form itself of the realities. For this reason it can never, by means of the same sacrifices they offer constantly year after year, make perfect those who draw near.

The robes of the High Priest have a front and a back.  The back speaks to history, while the front speaks to the future.  The man in the middle (with all due respect to Michael Jackson) is in the moment.  The back is made from the same material as the front, but the back is just the plain material, while the front is ornamented with gold chain and the breastplate of jewels with the inscription of the names of the 12 tribes.

The plain back pictures “a shadow of the good things to come.”  The front is an image of the “realities” of ministering in the presence of God.

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, “Things no eye has seen and no ear has heard, that have not entered the heart of mankind— these things God has prepared for those who love Him.” Oh my!  And where is it written?

Isaiah 64:3(4).  Isaiah is writing to God about a time when heaven comes down and all sin is done away. Isaiah 63:19b Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at Your presence! And finally, Isaiah 64:7 But now, Adonai, You are our Father. We are the clay and You are our potter, We are all the work of Your hand. 8 Do not be angry much more, Adonai, or remember iniquity forever. Oh, please see, we are all Your people!  Adonai answered Isaiah’s prayer and sent His Son, Yeshua, so His glory would shine forth.