Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, December 11, 2023

Rabbi’s Note:  Anybody want to go to Israel?  Strange question to be asking with the war going on.  However; the war will end soon and our trip (March 13 – 23, 2024) will likely be one of the first American Tours to return to Israel after commercial tourism is reopened at the end of the Hamas war.   We are going to modify the itinerary slightly to make this trip a solidarity tour as we show our love and support for Israel and Israelis.

The trip cost is $4,400 per person/double occupancy.  I’ve attached the itinerary where you will find a link to register.  Because of the late date, and our need to commit for seats on the airline, $1,600 per person is due by this Tuesday, December 12th.  Reply to this email with any questions.


Love Each Other / Glorify God part 5 – Romans, part 230

Romans 15:5 Now may the God of patience and encouragement grant you to be like-minded with one another in the manner of Messiah Yeshua.

Paul has made this verse out of three thoughts and I want to deal with them separately.  First, Paul identifies God as patient and encouraging.  Second, we are invited to “be like-minded with one another.”  Then, and finally, Paul concludes this verse by reminding us to emulate our Rabbi, Messiah Yeshua.

Is there evidence that God is patient and encouraging?  Look in the mirror and you’ll see evidence.  As Moses was carving the second set of tablets for the Ten Commandments, the Lord passed by him.  As He did, the Lord brought Moses a message in praise of God’s attributes.  Hear just the first part of that glorious message… Exodus 34:6 Then Adonai passed before him, and proclaimed, “Adonai, Adonai, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.

Did you catch that?  The Lord declares that God takes a long time before He flares His nostrils.  In addition to that, God is abundant in grace.  We must all be glad that God never gives up on us.  Deuteronomy 31:6 Chazak! Be courageous! Do not be afraid or tremble before them. For Adonai your God—He is the One who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”  (In case you’re tempted to assign that word from the Lord to Moses only, the one to whom it was spoken, it is repeated in Hebrews 13:5 as applying to us all.)

Secondly, we are admonished by Paul to be in agreement with one another.  Now that we are dealing with this, we have to combine it with the third part, because we must be in agreement with each other as we are in agreement with Yeshua.  This solves a potential problem.  We cannot be in agreement with those who are in opposition to Yeshua.

Yeshua prayed for this… John 17:21 that they all may be one. Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, so also may they be one in Us, so the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 The glory that You have given to Me I have given to them, that they may be one just as We are one.

Rabbi Trail:  And while we’re on the subject of “glory,” let’s be clear… the glory of God is the oneness of God.  Isaiah 42:8a “I am Adonai—that is My Name! My glory I will not give to another.”  When Yeshua comes into our lives, He is not sharing His glory, but establishing it in us.  Paul even calls this a “glorious mystery.”  Colossians 1:27b …Messiah in you, the hope of glory!  End RT.

We are all invited to “pull in the same direction” (be like minded) along with Yeshua.  One final word today.  Heb 12:1 Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also get rid of every weight and entangling sin. Let us run with endurance the race set before us, 2a focusing on Yeshua, the initiator and perfecter of faith.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Mon 11-Dec-2023 28th of Kislev, 5784
Chanukah: 5th Candle (Monday night)
Ge 41:15-38 1 Sa 17 Ps 57 Mk 12:1-27 (1 Co 15:1-28)
Nu 7:30-35, 1 Macc 7-8