Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, February 19, 2024

Announcement:  This year Passover and Easter are about a month apart.  This is due in part to the Hebrew calendar which contains a “leap month” this year.  Easter is on Sunday, March 31st, while Passover begins on Monday night, April 22nd.  We will start the Passover holiday with our annual community Seder.  This year we will again be at Rothchild Catering on Kingston Pike in Knoxville.  All are invited to attend.  Registration along with all the details are available at Church Center.  Just follow this link. https://shomairyisrael.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/2157750

A Prayer For Today
Part 7

Yesterday, we left off at Zechariah 2:14 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will live among you”—it is a declaration of Adonai.  This is the good news for which the whole earth, especially Jewish people, have been waiting.  Sadly, however; the people of Jerusalem missed the day of their visitation.  The thought of it made Yeshua cry.  Luke 19:41  As He drew near and saw Jerusalem, He wept over her,…44b “And they won’t leave within you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”  

Let’s back up for a moment.  I want to recapture why I started writing/praying through this series.  Prior to October 7th, Israel was a divided nation headed for self-destruction.  It was liberal against conservative, those in favor of judicial reform and those against.  (Nothing is ever that simple.  We must also realize there were many nuances of difference.)  Then on October 7th, a dramatic disaster changed everything.

Rabbi Trail:  It’s like driving to an important meeting and spilling coffee on your white shirt (or blouse).  As you agonize over what to do next, you look in the mirror to see how bad it is.  Suddenly, you look up to the sound of a truck horn, and notice you’ve drifted too far left, now faced with the life threatening situation of a head-on collision.  Suddenly, that coffee stain doesn’t mean a thing.  You jerk the wheel and return to safety, glad to still be alive, probably with another coffee stain.  End RT.

Israel was headed for disaster, but after October 7th, it didn’t matter any more.  Where was God on October 7th?  He was getting the attention of an entire nation, an entire people.  Judicial reform is a “coffee stain.”  Now we are in an existential fight for survival.  “From the river to the sea” is a call for the destruction of all of Jewish Israel and the annihilation of all the Jews living there.  It is a call for genocide and hate speech, pure and simple.

I’m done “backing up,” let’s move forward again.  With this perspective on what’s happening in Israel, let’s continue our review of the prophetic value of these events?  I believe that God is going to bring the Jewish people to the end of themselves.  They will exhaust their defenses and call out to God with one voice, “Save us now, Hoshiana.”  Then the Lord will hear their cry and answer with His presence and power.

Psalm 50:15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble. When I rescue you, you will honor Me.”

Let’s pray… Father in heaven, we know Your ears are tuned to the cry of Your people Israel.  As you have heard and answered throughout history, Lord, so now too, hear our cry and heal our land.  2Chronicles 7:14 when My people, over whom My Name is called, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.  “Shema Koleinu” (Hear our voices), in Yeshua’s name.  Amen.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
10 Adar I Monday 19-Feb-24
Exodus 28:13-30 2 Kings 4 Psalm 118 John 10 Titus 3