Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, February 5, 2024

Rabbi’s Note:  Jonathan Allen, PhD.,  has been an emissary for Tikkun for many years.  https://www.tikkunglobal.org/emissaries/allen If you would like to subscribe to his weekly Torah Drash, email him here.   jonathan@messianictrust.org.uk

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From his own website…  “Jonathan completed his PhD in Theology at Trinity College, Bristol, (England) in 2017 and has been teaching adult classes for nearly twenty years. Something of a Hebrew Bible specialist, although equally at home in the Apostolic Writings, Jonathan teaches biblical Hebrew and many other things covering a wide range of subjects from biblical criticism to the gospels, to studies of individual books, and practical subjects like prayer and how to read or study the Bible.”  End RN.

The Lessons Of Job, part 10
The Essence of God’s Discipline

You’ll notice in the title above the words, “God’s Discipline.”  The word “discipline” is related etymologically to the word “disciple” which is a synonym of student.  We are all God’s students, which makes Him our Teacher.  Therefore; everything we go through in life has a God-given lesson behind it.

Nicodemus understood as much concerning Yeshua… John 3:2b “Rabbi, we know that You, a teacher, have come from God.”  However; most teachers only impart knowledge.  Yeshua is different.  He is Lord of all and therefore has authority over everything He teaches.  He doesn’t just teach history, He IS history, it’s “His story.”

And He is always making history in each of our lives.  Luke 14:27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.  The “cross” is the place of sacrifice, the place of denial of self, and the place of suffering.  In every act of sacrifice, denial, and suffering, Yeshua has a lesson to teach us.  If we become bitter or rebellious, we miss the lesson.

Job had to search deep within himself to discover God’s lesson behind his suffering, and so must we. After much suffering, Job speaks the truth for us all.  Job 19:25 “Yet I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the end, He will stand on earth. 26 Even after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; 27 I myself will see Him with my own eyes, I and not a stranger. My heart grows weak within me.

Even though he is weighed down by the circumstances of his trial, Job maintains his faith in all of God’s promises.  In doing so, he becomes an example of faithfulness for us all.  This is his purpose.  God’s purpose for each of us is similar.  He wants to strengthen our faith so that we become warriors for Him against unrighteousness.

Romans 1:17 In it (the Good News) the righteousness of God is revealed, from trust to trust. As it is written, “But the righteous shall live by emunah (eternal truth).”

It is critical that we see beyond the surface of circumstances, and find the deeper purpose of God in our lives.  Let’s close today with three verses in support of this thought…

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but the counsel of Adonai will stand.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have in mind for you,” declares Adonai, “plans for shalom and not calamity—to give you a future and a hope.”

Ephesians 1:11 In Him we also were chosen, predestined according to His plan. He keeps working out all things according to the purpose of His will.

Shalom shalom.

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