Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Reminder:  This Saturday, December 30, 2023, is the 5th Saturday of December, which means that the night before, we will have an Erev Shabbat together.  We do this to teach everyone how to celebrate Erev Shabbat at home.  So, on Friday night (bring something to share – covered dish, salad, or dessert) at Shomair (all are invited to attend).  The next day, Shabbat morning, there will not be a service.  The building will be closed.  We do this once a quarter, every time there is a 5th Saturday.  Look forward to seeing you all on the 29th and enjoying the Shabbat at home alone on the 30th.  Happy New Year everybody.  End Reminder.

Love Each Other / Glorify God part 18 – Romans, part 243

Romans 15:22 For this reason I was often hindered from coming to you.

Why was Paul “often hindered?”  Because he was actively working to expand the kingdom of God.  Whom do you suppose was doing the hindering?  There is opposition from one called “the opposer.”  Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the worldly forces of this darkness, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  And the bigger a threat we are (to the enemy of God), the bigger the hindrance.  This is the meaning of Satan’s name.  He is the opposer, and now he’s exposed.

Even God’s angels are hindered by the opposer… (Gabriel, the arch-angel in charge of communication is speaking in a vision/visitation to Daniel.) Daniel 10:13 “However, the prince of the kingdom of Persia resisted me for 21 days, but behold Michael, (the arch-angel in charge of war) one of the chief princes, came to help me because I had been detained there with the kings of Persia.”  But our God is greater… Paul is speaking of Yeshua when he says… Colossians 2:9 For all the fullness of Deity lives bodily in Him, 10 and in Him you have been filled to fullness. He is the head over every ruler and authority.

This is the point… Yeshua is “the head over every ruler and authority.”  In the resurrection but before His ascension, Yeshua appeared to and spoke with the (at that time 11) Apostles, and said… Matthew 28:18 And Yeshua came up to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”  Now, if Yeshua has all authority, how much does that leave for anyone else?  That’s right, none.

So, Satan’s opposition does not threaten our victory, but is purposed to make us cherish the victory all the more.  We will value more whatever we struggle to achieve.  Let’s go deeper still….  God is building up a people who will stand and fight in the day of battle.  Ephesians 6:13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist when the times are evil, and after you have done everything, to stand firm.

Our faithfulness must be proven over time and through difficult circumstances.  1Corinthians 4:2 In this case, moreover, what is required of stewards is to be found trustworthy (faithful)Do you know what (or who) a steward is?  A steward is a person who is given responsibility over what belongs to someone else.  God is calling His people to positions of responsibility over His kingdom.

The parable of the talents is our proof text for this (Matthew 25:14-30).  Matthew 25:23 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a little, so I’ll put you in charge of much. Enter into your master’s joy!’”  Through faithfulness we will take back what the enemy has stolen from God and us.

Immediately after Isaiah prophesies this in the name of the Lord… Isaiah 54:16b …I (God) created the destroyer to ruin (everything), we read the next verse… Isa 54:17  No weapon formed against you will prosper and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of Adonai’s servants—their vindication is from Me.” It is a declaration of Adonai.  

Therefore; stand in the victory and enjoy the fruit of the Spirit.  Galatians 5:1 For freedom, Messiah set us free—so stand firm, and do not be burdened by a yoke of slavery again….  22 But the fruit of the Ruach is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control—against such things there is no law.  You are a fruitful people.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Tue 26-Dec-2023 14th of Tevet, 5784
Ge 48:17-22 2 Sa 1 Ps 70 Lk 2:22-52 (2 Co 11)