Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, March 31, 2023
(Early) Shabbat Shalom,

Sin Is A Terminal Disease, Yeshua Is The Cure – Romans, part 56

Rabbi’s note: For the next week, I’m going to be working with various themes found in the last ten verses of Romans 5.  Then, beginning with the counting of the Omer (on Sunday, April 9th) and continuing for 7 weeks (ending on Shavuot, Pentecost, the 50th day) we will study Romans 6, 7, & 8 which is Paul’s treatise on living in victory over sin.

Romans 5:12 So then, just as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, in the same way death spread to all men because all sinned.

Sin entered the world through one man, Adam.  Yeshua put an end to sin.  Therefore; He is called “the last Adam.”  1 Corinthians 15:45 So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.  Something new happened with Yeshua, spiritual birth.  Yeshua had to teach this to Nicodemus…  John 3:5 Yeshua answered, “Amen, amen I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

The “sin disease” was birthed in pride and deception, and the rebellion against God continues until today.  It is a death sentence.  However; Yeshua went to the cross to bring the victory, so that, through faith, we can receive the divine healing.  1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who keeps giving us the victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah!

We are like cut flowers.  We look good and smell good.  We are even presentable in neat arrangements, not even knowing we were dead.  But Yeshua gives life.  John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly! 11 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

Yeshua went to the cross to give us the gift of life.  Romans 5:15 But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if many died because of the transgression of one man, how much more did the grace of God overflow to many through the gift of one Man—Yeshua the Messiah.

May we all enjoy a blessed and restful Shabbat.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Fri 31 Mar-2023 9th of Nisan, 5783
Le 8:22-29 Isa 34-35 Pr 25 Ac 24 (Rev 18)