Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, December 25, 2023

Merry Christmas: Many Messianic rabbis would get in trouble for such a greeting, but I’m not a Christmas-phobe.  Although I believe Yeshua was really born on the first day of Sukkot (a subject for another time), I like the idea that much of the world turns it’s attention to the Savior’s birth at this time of year.  Please join me and the armies of heaven in a prayer… Luke 2:13 And suddenly a multitude of heavenly armies appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth shalom to men of good will.” With Israel at war, wouldn’t this be a great time for Yeshua to return?  Bo Yeshua Bo!!!  Meanwhile, we wait!  End MC.

Love Each Other / Glorify God part 17 – Romans, part 242

Romans 15:20 In this way I make it my aim to proclaim the Good News not where Messiah was already named, lest I build on another person’s foundation, 21 but as it is written, “Those who have never been told shall see, and those who have not heard shall understand.”

It’s hard to imagine there are actually people who have not heard the Good News of Messiah Yeshua.  Until we stop to remember that hearing is not done in the ears, but  in the heart.  True hearing results in a changed life.  God knows when He has our hearts, everything else will come into right order.

2Corinthians 3:15 But to this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart. 16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Ruach Adonai is, there is freedom. 18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory—just as from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Paul even acknowledges in verse 21 (our last subject verse) a similarity among “those who have never been told” and “those who have not heard.”  I was a “never been told,” when on Yom Kippur of 1982 I walked in to Ohev Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in Tysons Corner, VA with my family.  After the service, we were invited to the cantor’s house where the rabbi explained the plan of salvation.

While I heard it that day, it would be several months before I was ready to make a profession of faith as the product of a changed heart.  I never heard about God’s plan for my life.  Words had been spoken by non-Jewish friends years earlier, but I never heard them.  It was too easy to tell them, “That’s not for Jewish people.”  But with both the cantor and the rabbi as witnesses, that objection was removed.

Today, I would tell you that my experience is that most Jewish people have not thought about these things with sufficient gravity.  Go ahead, ask a non-Yeshua following Jewish person why they don’t believe, and most likely you’ll get a lot of weak answers.  Some will say, “All those rabbis can’t all be wrong.”  Others might say, like I did, “I don’t know, Yeshua is just not the Savior of the Jews.”  Finally, many might say something like, “I don’t believe because I’m honoring my ancestors who also did not believe (tradition).

Pray that Yeshua will be the “salt” that makes everyone thirsty, and the light that brings people out of darkness.  John 4:14 “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty. The water that I give him will become a fountain of water within him, springing up to eternal life!”  Yeshua is the light of the world… John 8:12 Yeshua spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows Me will no longer walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  So, pray that the children of Israel will accept this invitation.  Isaiah 2:5 Come house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of Adonai.  In the name of Yeshua, amen.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Mon 25-Dec-2023 13th of Tevet, 5784
Ge 48:10-16 1 Sa 31 Ps 69 Lk 2:1-21 (2 Co 10)