Rabbi’s Reflections – Thursday, March 14, 2024


1Corinthians 5:7b …for Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. 8a Therefore let us celebrate the feast….

This year Passover and Easter are about a month apart.  This is due in part to the Hebrew calendar which contains a “leap month” this year.  Easter is on Sunday, March 31st, while Passover begins on Monday night, April 22nd.  That’s the night we will start the Passover holiday with our annual community Seder.  This year we will again be at Rothchild Catering on Kingston Pike in Knoxville.  All are invited to attend.  Registration along with all the details are available at Church Center.  Just follow this link. https://shomairyisrael.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/ then click the picture.

The Psalms
An Introduction, Psalms 1 and 2
Part 14, Psalm 2:6,7

Psalm 2:6 “I have set up My King upon Zion, My holy mountain.” 7 I will declare the decree of Adonai. He said to me: “You are My Son—today I have become Your Father.”

Today is part 14 of our introduction to the Psalms.  It seems like a good place to pause and catch our breath.  The first two Psalms form an introduction to the other 148.  Of course they are introducing life in God’s kingdom.  Psalm 1 presents us with the distinction between right and wrong, good and evil, righteousness and sin, the holy and the profane.  And along those lines, what’s a kingdom without a king?

Psalm 2 presents us with the King, Who is the Son of God.  The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit all desire to give glory to each other.  (Now for the most amazing part of all.)  It is their desire to include you and me in their family of love.

1John 3:1 See how glorious a love the Father has given us, that we should be called God’s children—and so we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. 2 Loved ones, now we are God’s children; and it has not yet been revealed what we will be. But we do know that when it’s revealed, we shall be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.

Yesterday we began with these same two verses, and we continue with them again today.  Isn’t this prophecy being fulfilled in our day?  Psalm 2 starts with a prophetic question.

Rabbi Trail:  What is prophecy?  It’s not fortune telling, parlor tricks or mystical soothsaying.  Prophecy is simply the revelation of the mind of God.  We’ll see here, in Psalm 2, that the scripture will answers its own question. End RT.

Psalm 2:1a Why are the nations in an uproar?  Answer: Psalm 2:6 “I have set up My King upon Zion, My holy mountain.”  The “world” (I put “world” in quotes because it is a reference to all the anti-God elements [people, governments, industries, etc.] in existence in the world today.) is not prepared (ready) to receive God’s established King, Yeshua, and certainly not in Jerusalem (aka Zion, God’s holy mountain).

The rest of Psalm 2, verse 7 is paraphrased as Yeshua rose from the waters of baptism.  Matthew 3:17 And behold, a voice from the heavens said, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased!”  My rabbi used to say, “God is one.  He doesn’t need a family.”  If you asked him about our subject verse, he would say that the Jewish people are collectively the son of God.  I can’t imagine an entire congregation just sitting there today and accepting that statement as truth.

From where we are today, one can look through the Hebrew Scriptures and find a mountain of evidence that all points to Yeshua HaMashiach as the Savior of the world, who came 2,000 years ago.  Truly, there are scales on the eyes of many Jewish people.  2Corinthians 4:4 In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, so they might not see the light of the Good News of the glory of Messiah, who is the image of God.

The most credible anti-missionaries (Yes, there are men who make a living teaching Jewish people not to believe the gospel.) speak of a conspiracy theory.  They believe the Apostles formulated stories after Yeshua’s death to make Him fit the Old Testament prophecies.  To believe that takes more faith than what is needed to believe the obvious truth.

Pray that the light will shine out of darkness… 2Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Messiah.  And that all Israel will be saved. Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, days are coming”—it is a declaration of Adonai—“when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.

The names of the 12 Tribes (sons of Jacob) tell the story of the life of every believer in Yeshua.  The first son is Reuben, which means “behold the son.”  Born again life begins when we “behold the son.”  So may it be for the salvation of all Israel.  Shalom shalom.

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