Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, December 18, 2023

Love Each Other / Glorify God part 11 – Romans, part 236

Romans 15:12 And again, Isaiah says, “There shall be a shoot of Jesse; and the One who arises to rule the Gentiles, in Him shall the Gentiles hope.”

Paul did a wonderful job quoting Scripture.  Isaiah 11:10 It will also come about in that day that the root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples. The nations (Gentiles) will seek for Him, and His resting place will be glorious.  First, Who is the “root of Jesse?”  Why, Yeshua, of course!

Rabbi Trail:  This is a wonderful thing.  Can God (our Glorious Lord, become a man (David’s son)?  Of course!  As a Jewish Bubbe (grandmother) once said, “If God could make a man from dirt, how much more from a virgin girl?”  We learn from Yeshua’s teaching in Mark 12:35-37 that Yeshua is both the Son of David and His Lord (Psalm 110:1). End RT.

Next, we see from the text that His place of comfort is connected to the Gentiles hoping in Him.  I want to examine this hope of Gentiles for a moment.  It is a hope that is joined with Jewish hope in the Jewish Messiah (which Paul must believe doesn’t even need to be mentioned).  Paul is still building his message from just a few verses earlier when he said “Messiah has become a servant to both “the circumcised…” (verse 8b) and “…to the Gentiles” (verse 9a).

This “hope” is our belief and expectation (“faith” is another appropriate word choice) that Yeshua will fulfill all His promises.   Revelation 22:7a Behold, I am coming soon!  As if that’s not enough, there’s more, He is not just coming, but coming to reign over us in righteousness.

Rev 21:3 “I also heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling of God is among men, and He shall tabernacle among them. They shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them and be their God. 4 He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more. Nor shall there be mourning or crying or pain any longer, for the former things have passed away.’”

This is what we hope for, this is our heartfelt expectation.  Paul is nearing the end of his longest letter and he wants to remind us why we’re waiting.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
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