Rabbi’s Reflections – Wednesday, February 7, 2024 ]

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The Lessons Of Job, part 12
I’m desperate for You, Lord – part 2

Yesterday (it turns out) was only part 1 of “I’m desperate for You, Lord.”  That’s because I want to emphasize that we’re still comfortable and “comfortable” and “desperate” are at opposite ends of the spectrum.  They can’t exist in the same place at the same time.  So which will it be?

I was on a prayer call this morning when I was asked to give an encouraging thought on discipleship.  Now, I want to share my answer, and perhaps embellish it.  Yeshua is our “Teacher” (with a capital “T”).  Matthew 23:10 Nor are you to be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Messiah.  We have many teachers (who impart knowledge), but we have one Teacher (Who is the giver of life).

In biblical times the students were apprenticed to a master.  The desire of every apprentice is to imitate his/her master.  It is God’s intention that we would become like His Son.  Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as dearly loved children.  How will this happen?  We need divine help.  John 14:26 But the Helper, the Ruach ha-Kodesh whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything and remind you of everything that I said to you.

The Hebrew calendar is an annual cycle, designed to remind us of the cycle of life.  It starts with the spring feasts.  The feast of Passover is the holiday that celebrates deliverance.  More than deliverance from Egyptian bondage, we enjoy the reality of freedom from sin.  Romans 6:17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching under which you were placed.  So we see that freedom always carries with it responsibility.  Romans 6:17 speaks of the responsibility of obedience, which is emphasized in the very next verse.  Rom 6:18  and after you were set free from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness.

The third day resurrection is recognized by us all who enjoy life from the dead, new life in Messiah Yeshua.  The life lessons continue with Shavuot (giving of the law and later the giving of Holy Spirit – both on the same holiday).  There is a call to holiness on the life of every follower of Yeshua.

Now we go half way around the year to the fall feasts which begin with the feast of trumpets to crown Him King on Yom Teruah.  Ten days later, we repent on Yom Kippur.  Then, four days after that, we empty ourselves into temporary huts for a week on Sukkot.  This speaks of the coming kingdom when our palaces and bank accounts won’t be distinctive, but righteousness in following our Master, Yeshua.

1Peter 2:21 For you were called to this, because Messiah also suffered for you, leaving you an example so that you might follow in His footsteps.

Make us thirsty for you, Lord.  Psalm 42:2 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. 3 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When will I come and appear before God?  How will this happen?  Psalm 24:3 Who may go up on the mountain of Adonai? `Who may stand in His holy place? 4 One with clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted his soul in vain, nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He will receive a blessing from Adonai, righteousness from God his salvation.  Let this promise be our reality… Psalm 50:15 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble. When I rescue you, you will honor Me.”

Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
28 Sh’vat Wednesday 7-Feb-2
Exodus 22:28[27]-23:5 1 Kings 16 Psalm 107 John 3 1 Timothy 4