Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, February 11, 2020 


Pillar Five: The Kingdom is Expressed in a Life of Character – part 5

Let me get this straight.  It took part 5 of “a life of character” (Pillar 5) before I would mention humility?  Before I get started, how about a quick Rabbi Trail?

Rabbi Trail:  Can anyone explain this to me?  Let’s start with a given.  It is given that Moses is the writer of the Torah.  And we all accept that premise, correct?  (Many of you already know where I’m going with this, right?).  So how can Moses write this verse of the Torah?  Numbers 12:3 Now the man Moses was very humble, more so than anyone on the face of the earth.  Seems counterintuitive.  How could a truly humble man write that he is the most humble?  But-on-the-other-hand (I just finished watching “Fiddler On The Roof,” the movie), it probably takes a truly humble man (one who has a realistic point of view of himself) to make that assessment and still be humble.  End RT.

Dan Juster uses this heading to one of his paragraphs… “The follower of Yeshua is delivered of all religious pretension and pride.”  Well?  Are we?  I used to belong (years ago) to a business forum that adopted the motto, “Death to dualism.”  (If you spell it “duelism,” it means no fighting with swords.)  Are we one person (godly) when functioning within the body or at a worship service, and someone else (worldly) when functioning at home or at work?  This ought not to be.  

We must see our whole lives as the complete undivided individuals we are.  Our character (who we are) must reflect the character of our master, Yeshua HaMashiach.  This makes us His ambassadors in every situation of life.  Let’s all covenant to take on this assignment.  Yeshua is returning soon.  Don’t get caught acting as if He isn’t. 

Week 7
Memory Verse: John 1:29 The next day, John sees Yeshua coming to him and says, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

31    2/10      Monday:         Exodus 8-9

* 32  2/11     Tuesday:         Exodus 10-11

33    2/12     Wednesday:    Exodus 12

34    2/13     Thursday:        Exodus 13:17-14

35    2/14     Friday:             Exodus 16-17

Question of the day:  In the two chapters of the reading for today we read about the 8th and 9th plagues.  Why is the 9th plague darkness?

Answer:  The 10th plague (killing of the first born) brings deliverance.  These plagues are pictures of a greater reality (the ministry of Yeshua).  We can’t get to the reality of the 10th plague, a reality that leads to deliverance, until we go through darkness.  

Remember, there was light in Goshen.  Isaiah 9:1(2) The people walking in darkness will see a great light. Upon those dwelling in the land of the shadow of death, light will shine.  This is quoted in Matthew 4:16 as the reason Yeshua lived in Capernaum.

People who are living without Yeshua are living in darkness.  God’s people (allegorical to those living in Goshen) have seen a great light.  What will it be; stumble around in the dark or walk in the light?  You decide for yourself, but make a wise decision.