Rabbi’s Reflections – Wednesday, December 29, 2021
I Am A Fool For Messiah – part 2
Let’s review our definition of a fool. A fool makes decisions that are self-destructive. To be a fool for Messiah means that you make decisions that benefit Him, even if they don’t benefit you. It is the basic definition of being a believer. It means that you are no longer in the center of your own universe, Messiah is. Everything doesn’t revolve around you and what you want. Rather, everything revolves around Yeshua, and what He wants. To the world, this is foolishness. To Yeshua, this is love that He intends to reward.
My problem, and the reason I started writing this series, is that I see the people of God making self-destructive decisions that don’t benefit God, His kingdom, or His reputation. By writing this, I want to call attention to it and call upon the power of heaven to overcome it and bring it to an end.
A fool in Hebrew is a “Naval.” Both “a”s are short “a”s, like in “y’all” or the plural “all y’all.” It is the same for both “fool” (the person) and “foolish” (the actions of a fool). In the Greek it is “moros,” meaning also “dull” or “stupid” as well as “foolish.” It’s probably where we get our English word “moron.”
There is a well known Proverb concerning fools… Proverbs 26:11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. While this is one of the better known Proverbs in this section, the first 12 versus of Proverbs 26 are about fools (and those who hire them). But I digress… our subject verse (11) confirms our previous definition of a fool. Self-destructive behavior begets more self-destructive behavior.
How is this vicious cycle broken? By Yeshua and His intervention. This is what we call “breakthrough.” I was broken in sin (pretty good definition of foolish, “self-destructive,” behavior), but now I’m whole (full, satisfied, complete in Him), repaired by the blood of the Lamb of God.
Colossians 2:9 For all the fullness of Deity lives bodily in Him, 10a and in Him you have been filled to fullness. We are “filled to fullness” in our Lord, Yeshua. We ask Him, “Maleh Oti,” “Fill me up.
Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Wed 29-Dec-2021 25th of Tevet, 5782
Ex 7:8-8:6 2 Sa 13 Ps 80 Lk 8:26-56 (Eph 2)
Memory Verse: Genesis 1:27 God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.
1 12/27 Monday: Genesis 1-2
2 12/28 Tuesday: Genesis 3-4
3 12/29 Wednesday: Genesis 6-7
4 12/30 Thursday: Genesis 8-9
5 12/31 Friday: Job 1-2