Rabbi’s Reflections – Wednesday, December 11, 2019 

Shalom *|FNAME|*,

Time for a new Hebrew phrase; new to you, that is.  “Dor L’Dor” means “generation to generation.”  That’s right, a “Dor” is a generation.  How many generations are mentioned in this one verse of Scripture?  

2 Timothy 2:2 And what you have heard from me among many witnesses, entrust to faithful people who will be capable to teach others also.

Let’s count them… 1) “Me” is Paul writing to Timothy.  2) “You” is Timothy to whom Paul is writing.  3) “Faithful People” is people Timothy will entrust.  4) “Others also” are those whom faithful people will teach.

I got 4 generations of believers in that one verse.  Why don’t we see that in most congregations today?  

Rabbi Trail:  We are currently in week 50 (only 2 weeks left in this year) of the F-260 Bible reading plan.  52 weeks times 5 days a week equals 260 days of reading a year.  One reason we liked it is we can take Shabbat off with this plan.  Robby Gallaty taught it to us in his church office in Henderson, TN.  

His ministry is called Replicate (https://replicate.org/).  The idea is to reinforce the message throughout the body.  We’re all reading and studying the same thing at the same time, both young and old.  End RT.

The answer is not nice.  We have become what Dan Juster calls “believer lazy.”  We have settled for less than the transforming power of God.  (I’m getting myself worked up here.)  We should have the demonstration of signs and wonders.  The power of God should be manifest.  

We have become more like a country club and less like the hospital of God.    Hospitals are for sick people.  Consider this, if you are not getting better, they won’t even let you stay in a hospital.  Every one of us needs healing.  Some more than others, and everyone in his/her own special and personal way.  I’m not necessarily talking about physical healing here, although that is included.  

The salvation experience begins a process in which we are all called to grow to maturity.  Part of that maturity is to both be discipled and to in turn  disciple others.  For those of you in the Shomair family I look forward to helping you fulfill your calling.

Week 50
Memory Verse:  2 Timothy 2:15 Make every effort to present yourself before God as tried and true, as an unashamed worker cutting a straight path with the word of truth.

246   12/9      Monday:        1 Timothy 1-3

247   12/10    Tuesday:       1 Timothy 4-6

* 248 12/11    Wednesday:  2 Timothy 1-2

249   12/12    Thursday:      2 Timothy 3-4 

250   12/13    Friday:           1 Peter 1-2

Question of the day:  What is in store for the people of God in the last days?

Answer:  The rapture.  We will all be gone out of here, right?  I hate to bust your bubble snowflake.  I’m glad I held out on the question of the day until I got to 2 Timothy 3.  

2 Timothy 3:1 But understand this, that in the last days hard times will come.  Paul doesn’t say, “In the last days we will escape.”  In fact, he specifically mentions in the next verse “for people will be lovers of self.”  And that’s just the beginning.  

Then there is the last word on ungodly people.  They… 2 Timothy 3:5 holding to an outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!

Let’s meditate on this, “outward form of godliness.”  Even Judas asked Yeshua, “Is it me?”  We all need to examine ourselves in this matter.  Let’s not be among those who deny the power of God.  We need to embrace the power of God.

The power of God is never more evident than in the resurrection of Yeshua (and then consequently) each of us.  Let’s not rest until we own these 2 verses of Scripture.  “…by means of His power that works in us…”

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do far beyond all that we ask or imagine, by means of His power that works in us, 21 to Him be the glory in the community of believers and in Messiah Yeshua throughout all generations forever and ever! Amen.