Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, December 8, 2023
(Early) Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi’s Note: Tonight is the night. It’s the first light of Chanukah, a very special night. If you would like to know more about Chanukah, check the internet. Tonight we use one candle (called the Shamas/Servant) to light the other candle. It’s a picture of how the Lord’s Servant, Yeshua, lights each of us. May your light burn brightly on this Feast of Chanukah. Happy Chanukah everybody. End RN.
Love Each Other / Glorify God part 3 – Romans, part 228
Romans 15:3 For even Messiah did not please Himself, but as it is written, “The insults of those who insulted You have fallen on Me.”
Yeshua is our example. 1Peter 2:21 For you were called to this, because Messiah also suffered for you, leaving you an example so that you might follow in His footsteps.
Rabbi Trail: When we read the context of 1 Peter 2:21, we learn that our calling is to suffer with dignity for doing good. Not so in the world. Whether accused of a real offense (guilty of sin) or an imaginary offense (innocent of sin) the people of the world squeal. Not so with the people of God. We are called to follow Yeshua’s example.
I struggle with the fine line between suffering in silence and being a “doormat.” Yeshua was not a victim, but victorious, even in death, He rose from the grave. Ephesians 1:18a,c I pray that… you may know what is the hope of His calling,… 19a and what is His exceedingly great power toward us who keep trusting Him… 20 This power He exercised in Messiah when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heaven.
In all of history, was there ever anyone more innocent that Yeshua? Of course not. So, let’s examine the legacy He left us. Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter, like a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth. Likewise, we too, like Him, should demonstrate our trust in the Lord as we “follow in His footsteps.” End RT.
If Yeshua didn’t live to please Himself, then who did He live to please? Why, His Father of course. Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased Adonai to bruise Him. He caused Him to suffer. Here’s the question, are we better than Yeshua? (I had this next verse for yesterday, but it fits better today.) Yeshua made this prophesy. We might think it applies only to the Apostles, but we better think again. Matthew 10:22 And you will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end shall be saved. And there is confirmation. Again, Yeshua is speaking.… John 15:18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before you.
The last part of our subject verse quotes Psalm 69:10b …the insults of those who insulted You have fallen on me. There are plenty of insults in the world today. When we trust that God is THE Righteous Judge our response changes. We don’t have to be defensive. Rather, we are free to share the love of God with our enemies. Yeshua gets the last word today. Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. Shalom shalom.
Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Fri 8-Dec-2023 25th of Kislev, 5784
Chanukah: 2nd Candle (Friday night)
Ge 39:7-23 1 Sa 15 Ps 55 Mk 10:32-52 (1 Co 14:1-19)
Nu 7:1-17, 1 Macc 1-2