Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, March 4, 2024

The Psalms
An Introduction, Psalms 1 and 2
Part 5, Psalm 1:4

Psalm 1:3b but in all he does, he succeeds. 4 The wicked are not so. For they are like chaff that the wind blows away.

Rabbi Trail:  Who is “he?”  I’ll tell you in a minute, but first let’s highlight the pun.  The Hebrew word “Hu” (pronounced “who”) is the third person masculine pronoun “he” in English, so “Hu” means “he.”  Now that we have that out of the way…, who is the “he” that succeeds in everything he does?  He is the one we described in part 3 (the previous RR).  He is the one who embraces righteousness and takes no part in evil. End RT.

Ephesians 5:8 For once you were darkness, but now in union with the Lord you are light. Walk as children of light…11 Take no part in the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them— … 15 So pay close attention to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise.

The “unwise” of Ephesians 5:15 are the “wicked” of Psalm 1:4.  Is this true, “the wicked… are like chaff that the wind blows away?”  If it is in the Bible, it’s got to be true.  But I see a lot of wicked people who appear to flourish in their wickedness.  The appearance of success for the workers of iniquity is only an appearance and only for a time.

God’s perspective is from His eternal throne, and eternity is a long time (understatement).  Let’s turn to Psalm 92 (a Psalm for the Sabbath Day) for God’s perspective on the success of evil doers.  Psalm 92:8 Though the wicked spring up like grass, and all evildoers flourish, it is only to be ruined forever. 9 But You, Adonai, are exalted forever. 10 For behold, Your enemies, Adonai—behold Your enemies perish—all evildoers are scattered.

So yes, the workers of iniquity will be blown away in the wind, and those who do the righteous will of God will be established forever.  Isaiah 32:16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the garden. 17 The result of righteousness will be shalom and the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. 18 My people will live in a peaceful place, in secure dwellings, quiet resting places.

Rabbi’s note:  If you are caught up in sin, this would be a good time to repent.  And with repentance comes change, and change is always more or less difficult.  You decide how much more or how much less difficult.  End RN.  Shalom shalom.

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