Did you notice the post above?  It promotes Knoshville and is mostly self-explanatory.  Bring some cash to purchase tickets that can be used then to get food from the various suppliers.  Hope to see you there.

Rabbi’s Reflections – Thursday, March 28, 2024

The Psalms
Psalm 4:3(2) – Part 3

Psalm 4:3(2) O sons of men, how long will you turn my glory into my shame? How long will you love worthlessness and pursue falsehood? Selah

God is asking a question at the beginning of Psalm 4, and when God asks a question, He expects an answer.  “How long?”  In Hebrew, “Ad-Mah,” literally “until what (when)” but idiomatically, “how long?”  While that sounds like the question, it’s only the first part of the question.

How long… (will you turn) My glory into (My) shame?  I had to put “will you turn” and the second “My” in parentheses because they are not in the Hebrew.  So the Hebrew actually reads, “How long, My glory to shame ?”  In transliterated Hebrew, “Ad-Mah K’vodi Lichlimah?”  “Kavod” we know is glory, but what is “K’limah” (Kaf-Lamed-Mem) translated as shame, insult, and disgrace?

The first use of this Hebrew word is in the Torah.  God is explaining to Moses that is was necessary to discipline his sister so that she can be healed from leprosy and received again into the camp.… Num 12:14 Adonai said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not be in shame for seven days? Let her be confined outside the camp for seven days. After that she may be brought back.”

Here’s the point… God is glorious, and Yeshua is the image of that glory.…  Hebrews 1:3a This Son is the radiance of His glory and the imprint of His being, upholding all things by His powerful word.  We, who are His followers, carry His name, His glorious name.  By loving what is worthless and seeking after what is a lie, we who bear His name are heaping shame upon His character.

I want to go deeper into this, but in one short devotional we’ve gone far enough.  Let’s do this again tomorrow.  Shalom shalom.  (A double portion of shalom.)

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
18 Adar II Thursday 28-Mar-24
Leviticus 8:1-13 Isaiah 14 Proverbs 1 Acts 18 Revelations 12