Rabbi’s Reflections – Thursday, December 21, 2023

Love Each Other / Glorify God part 14 – Romans, part 239

Romans 15:15 But I have written rather boldly to you on some points as a reminder—because of the grace given to me by God 16 to be a servant of Messiah Yeshua to the Gentiles, in priestly service to the Good News of God—so that the offering up of the Gentiles might be pleasing, made holy by the Ruach ha-Kodesh.

Special note: Please pay particular attention to the Scripture below from the book of Romans.  They are evidence of the things Paul has previously “written rather boldly.”  End SN.

Rabbi’s note: We’ve got to master the concepts I’m sharing today.  There seems to be tension between grace and truth, but nothing could be further from the truth (no pun intended).  Yeshua doesn’t force us to choose between walking in obedience to God’s righteous commandments and walking in grace….  John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. We looked upon His glory, the glory of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth.  Did you see that, grace AND truth, not grace OR truth.  Truth is God’s Commandments.

It is only by grace that we can obey God’s commands.  The flesh is weak… Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Messiah Yeshua has set you free from the law of sin and death…. 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.  End RN.

Let’s break this down… Paul is coming to the end of his letter to the Romans.  He is referencing the letter to the Roman Gentile believers (which we have been studying), saying, “I have written rather boldly to you.”  He says he has done this as a reminder and for a purpose.  This purpose is revealed at the end of these two verses, Romans 15:16b “So that the offering up of the Gentiles might be pleasing….”  

All of us are living sacrificial lives.  Galatians 2:19 For through law I died to law, so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Messiah; 20 and it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me. And the life I now live in the body, I live by trusting in Ben-Elohim—who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Here is the main point.  I think it is so significant, I’m setting it apart from everything else.  God’s law hasn’t changed, it’s our approach to it that is different.  By grace we are brought to a relationship of obedience to His Word (the Commandments), not through fleshly effort, but by spirit filled desire.  Psalm 40:9(8) “I delight to do Your will, O my God. Yes, Your Torah is within my being.”  

One last concept today… How is it that non-Jewish people are made pleasing to God?  Romans 2:14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the Torah, do by nature the things of the Torah, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the Torah. 15a They show that the work of the Torah is written in their hearts.  How much do we (both Jews and Gentiles) have to obey?  It depends on how much blessing you want.  Every time we obey God (love what He loves), we get a blessing.  Go ahead, put God to the test.  Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in Adonai, and He will give you the requests of your heart. 5 Commit your way to Adonai. Trust in Him, and He will do it.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Thu 21-Dec-2023 9th of Tevet, 5784
Ge 45:28-46:27 1 Sa 26-27 Ps 66 Lk 1:1-25 (2 Co 7)