Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, February 23, 2024
(Early) Shabbat Shalom,

A Prayer For Today
Part 11

Zechariah 3:3 Now Joshua was wearing filthy garments and standing before the angel 4 who answered and spoke to those standing before him saying, ‘Remove the filthy garments from him.’ Then to Joshua he said, ‘See, I have removed your iniquity from you and will dress you with fine clothing.’

Here we continue our quest to understand God’s plan as the world seems to be spinning out of control.  Daniel understood that sinful mankind cannot approach the righteous God… Daniel 9:18 Give ear, my God, and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolation and the city called by Your name. We do not present our supplications before You because of our own righteousness, but because of Your great compassions.

I know you’ve heard this before, so let’s review… The Jewish people will not reach their God-appointed destiny without a lot of people from the nations coming along.  Genesis 12:3b …in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” And conversely, the people from the nations (Gentiles) will not reach their God-appointed destiny without a lot of Jewish people coming along.  Rom 11:12  Now if their transgression leads to riches for the world, and their loss riches for the Gentiles, then how much more their fullness!

God does not have to choose sides between Jews and non-Jews mostly because He’s God and both are His creation.  He doesn’t choose sides, we do.  Joshua 5:13 Now it came to pass when Joshua was near Jericho that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there was a man standing in front of him with his sword drawn in his hand. Joshua approached him and said to him: “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” 14 “Neither,” he said. “Rather, I have now come as commander of Adonai’s army.” Then Joshua fell on his face to the ground and worshipped.

Rabbi Trail: Who do you think that was?  Clue: Was Joshua worshipping an angel?  Hardly, he was worshipping Yeshua.  Joshua 5:15 Then the commander of Adonai’s army replied to Joshua, “Take your sandal off of your foot, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.  We don’t know any more about this encounter, because the chapter ends there.

What we do know, is that we must choose to fight in the Lord’s army.  This is the One mentioned in Revelation 19:13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is “the Word of God.” This One is confirmed three verses later.  Revelation 19:16 On His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “King of kings, and Lord of lords.”  If that’s not enough, He has an army dressed in white riding on white horses.  Revelation 19:14 And the armies of heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. End RT.

We should also remember, He tore down the middle wall of separation.  Romans 11:23b …for God is able to graft them in again. 24b how much more will these natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?  With God, His promises are fulfilled in “yes and amen.”  2Corinthians 1:20 For in Him all the promises of God are “Yes.” Therefore also through Him is the “Amen” by us, to the glory of God.

Please pray with me… Dear Heavenly Father, You commanded we should “pray without ceasing” (1Thes 5:17), so in obedience to You, we come to Your throne of grace once again.  Together, we cry out, Lord, for Your speedy return to this earth.  Bo Yeshua, Bo (come Yeshua, come) to establish the fullness of Your kingdom.  Together, we say, “Hineni” (here I am, send me) as we make ourselves available for Your service.  In Yeshua name we pray, amen.

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