Rabbi’s Reflections – Saturday, December 16, 2023
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by David Harwood

I’m not impressed with my own strength. I have no confidence in my own power or faithfulness. How might someone like me finish well?

Concerning eternal life, I have no confidence in my lineage or efforts.

For it is we who are the circumcision, who worship by the Ruach Elohim and glory in Messiah Yeshua and have not depended on the flesh—(Philippians 3:3) 

As far as the rigor of my devotion is concerned? Well, I don’t trust that either. Jeremiah related this to his people:

Thus says Adonai: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, and depends on flesh as his arm, and whose heart turns from Adonai. (Jeremiah 17:5) 

From that verse I learn that natural strength is guaranteed to let me down. By the way, I’ve experienced that.

So, should I despair? No. I shall stand by faith in another.

Behold, God is my salvation! I will trust and will not be afraid. For the Lord Adonai is my strength and my song. He also has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2) 

Moses persevered through maintaining a holy spiritual perception. He beheld the One who is invisible. (Hebrews 11:25–27) Along the same lines, I’ve been instructed to set my mind on invisible things that are above. How? By my faith. Through faith I can seek the things that are above.

If then you have been raised with the Messiah, seek the things that are above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. (Colossians 3:1–3) 

Through faith I know that I’m participating in heaven’s activity. After all, what is above? The highest place of all is God’s throne room. Although unseen, by faith I participate in worship and embrace heaven’s environment.

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. (Hebrews 12:22–24) 

I am guaranteed access to this gathering. In fact, the Scripture says I’ve already arrived there. Look at this description of the same reality from Paul’s point of view.

for through Him we both have access to the Father by the same Ruach. So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household. You have been built on the foundation made up of the emissaries and prophets, with Messiah Yeshua Himself being the cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple for the Lord. In Him, you also are being built together into God’s dwelling place in the Ruach. (Ephesians 2:18–22) 

I’m guaranteed access to Father and participation in God’s family. What is this household becoming? A temple. What takes place in a temple? Worship takes place in God’s temple – God is there.

Through faith I persevere by seeing that which is invisible and concentrate on the realities related in the Scriptures. I can cultivate this and worship by faith as if I am there. I can pray according to the realities described by holy men.

I will stand as I behold the Invisible.

Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. And even though you don’t see Him now, you trust Him (1 Peter 1:8a) 

focusing on Yeshua, the initiator and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:2a) 

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarsson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Sat 16-Dec-2023 4th of Tevet, 5784 Parashat Miketz
Ge 43:30-44:17 1 Ki 3:15-4:1 Php 2:1-11