Rabbi’s Reflections – Thursday, March 21, 2024
Shalom,

I want to share a word with you today.  Like every word, the first purpose is toward self.  (Matthew 7:5)  Having received it myself, now I’m free to share it with you.  We’re actually seeing some of this, and I anticipate we’ll see more as the end approaches.  Here are two paragraphs on the subject from Asher’s book “Alignment” ©2017, Revive Israel Media, page 253, in the “Afterward.”  A newer edition exists in which some changes were made.

“This is a demonic spirit of deception.  When we begin to deal with prophecies about the end times, there is a tendency to get unbalanced.  Not everyone has to be hospitalized for psychosis.  This is a general spirit that affects everyone – including me and including you.  It like lust or pride or worry – it is just there.

“The tendency of this spirit is to cause spiritual aggrandizement.  It might make you just a tiny bit inflated as to how important you see your own spiritual experiences and revelations.  You think you know more than anyone else.  You think you have a special prophetic anointing and authority that no one else has.  Fight against spiritual pride.  Pride always leads to deception.”

Later he says, “Stay humble and honest.”  Let’s do that.

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As we meditate through the Psalms, it is not my intention to go verse by verse, but rather to read through each Psalm until the Holy Spirit says, “Rest here, and write something about this.”  It might be one verse, or a series of verses.  My prayer is that we will not move on until the Holy Spirit leads us to do so. Psalms 1 and 2 are complete in 18 parts.  Now, let’s continue with Psalm 3, and may the blessing of God come upon all who share in the bounty the Lord has stored up for His people in His word.

The Psalms
Psalm 3:4a – Part 1

Paul Wilbur put Psalm 3 to music quite some time ago.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVhHItNupVI  It is still one of my favorites.

Psalm 3:4 But You, Adonai, are a shield around me, my glory and the lifter of my head…. 8 Arise, Adonai! Deliver me, my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek. You shatter the teeth of the wicked.

One of our favorite sayings in Hebrew is, “B’Ezrat HaShem,” meaning “With the help of the Lord.”

Rabbi Trail: It is idiomatic.  Literally, “In (the) help (of) the Name.”  Traditionally, Jewish people don’t pronounce the name of God, ever.  It is the name of the “Yud-Hay-Vav-Hay,” (Yehovah), which is made up of the first letter of each Hebrew word in the sentence… “He will be, He is, And He was.”  Note: I capitalize the “A” in “And” because the “Vav” is actually a prefix meaning “and,” and not a stand alone word.  So instead of “Yehovah,” we substitute “Adonai,” but only when praying a real prayer.

Jewish people (depending on their level of observance), then go one step further.  Those who have been schooled in this matter, and hold to the tradition, substitute even the substitute name “Adonai” (which replaces the name Yehovah) with the name “HaShem” which simply translates as “The Name.”  All of this is to show reverence for God’s name (see the third commandment).  The sad part is that God’s people are not allowed (through tradition) to pronounce God’s name, which hinders communication.  End RT.

King David wrote these words as he fled from his son, Absalom (according to Psalm 3 verse 1).  King David, while anointed and beloved by God, at the same time led a very complex and troubled life.  He fled in fear (for years) from his father-in-law, King Saul.  He committee adultery and murder with Bathsheba and Uriah.  Then, he suffered as his children committed murder and were murdered.  His response to all of this calamity was to cry out to God as he wrote Psalm 3, “You are a shield surrounding me…”

The Hebrew word translated as “surrounding” is B’yad, meaning “in support of.”  Rabbi’s note: In Israel today, one pro-life organization is called “B’yad Chaim” meaning “in support of life.”  Here, “B’yad Magen” says that God is not just a shield surrounding David, but supporting him.

King David was writing poetry inspired by God Himself, as a man after God’s own heart.  Here he is writing how God is a shield of support.  May we also rest in God’s loving arms.  Isaiah put it this way… Isaiah 40:11 Like a shepherd, He tends His flock. He gathers the lambs in His arms carries them in his bosom, and gently guides nursing ewes.

Yeshua made us this offer… Matthew 11:28  Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and ‘you will find rest for your souls.’  Shalom shalom.

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