Rabbi’s Reflections – Thursday, February 23, 2023

Trust Yeshua – Romans, part 33

Romans 3:26 Through God’s forbearance, He demonstrates His righteousness at the present time—that He Himself is just and also the justifier of the one who puts his trust in Yeshua.

It’s an interesting word, “forbearance.”  I like this definition I found online.  Forbearance is “tolerance and restraint in the face of provocation.”  In other words, patience when being provoked.  We are Adam’s offspring, born out of sin and into a sinful world.  We are all guilty, without justification to plead otherwise before our Judge.  We all have provoked God.

Yet God, shows us how righteous He is through His restraint.  He does not “lower the boom” on us, although He would be completely justified to do so.  Instead, He sent His Son.  Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of time came, God sent out His Son, born of a woman and born under law— 5 to free those under law, so we might receive adoption as sons.

Our responsibility is to simply trust Him.  You wouldn’t think that is such a difficult instruction, but to surrender all means giving up every instinct for self-preservation and trusting Him with all of who you are.  We’ve been studying humility the last few weeks at Shomair, and this is true humility.

Yeshua is our teacher in all things, including humility, through example.  The test of true humility is do we trust Him.  Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and ‘you will find rest for your souls.’  30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Anyone feeling burdened lately?  Perhaps you, yourself, have provoked God in some way.  Want to lighten the load?  1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that He may lift you up at the appropriate time. 7 Cast all your worries on Him, for He cares for you.

Ask for His forgiveness.  1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  Trust in His love.  After all, He is… Romans 3:26b the justifier of the one who puts his trust in Yeshua.  Shalom shalom.

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