Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, February 6, 2024

The Lessons Of Job, part 11
I’m desperate for You, Lord

Is that true, are you really desperate for God?  Am I?  Job is answering his friend, Eliphaz (who went on accusing him in all of chapters 4 & 5) in chapter 6 by answering his accusations, mostly with questions.  Near the end of the chapter, Job identifies himself as a desperate man.  Job 6:26  Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind? KJV

This question I’m asking today goes way beyond our understanding of Job.  We will never reach the heights God has for us,His people, less we become desperate for more of Him.  Our despair can only be healed by Yeshua.  He’s offering us the matchless intimacy of a bride and groom.  Can we be satisfied with anything less?  Let’s unpack this.

We have a sin problem.  Isaiah 59:2 Rather, your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God. Your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.  Yeshua is the minister of  righteousness; His righteousness heals.  Hebrews 1:8 But regarding the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and a scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your Kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your companions.”  And one more verse for good measure… 2Corinthians 5:21 He made the One who knew no sin to become a sin offering on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

Only through an intimate relationship with Messiah Yeshua will we reach our intended destiny.  Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for Adonai will renew their strength. They will soar up with wings as eagles. They will run, and not grow weary. They will walk, and not be faint.  Without Yeshua, we are broken.  With Him, we are made whole.  Yeshua preached this verse in the synagogue of Nazareth.

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of Adonai Elohim is on me, because Adonai has anointed me to proclaim Good News to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.

Our needs can be expressed as “longings of the human heart.”  (See this teaching by Mike Bickle: https://mikebickle.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Seven-Longings-of-the-Human-Heart-4-pages-040815.pdf )  The world is trying to satisfy these longings with all manner of sinfulness.  The only true satisfaction is found in an intimate relationship with Messiah Yeshua.  When we know that, we become desperate to deepen our relationship with Him.  So we pray at the same time that we will be both satisfied and never fully satisfied.  Stay thirsty my friends.

Shalom shalom.

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