Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The Psalms
An Introduction, Psalms 1 and 2
Part 6, Psalm 1:5

Psalm 1:5 Therefore the wicked will not stand during the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

“The Great Divide” is more than a geological formation that separates watersheds (see RT below), it is a major prophetic event coming soon.

Rabbi Trail:  “The Great Divide” is also known as the “Continental Divide.”  It is the formation of mountain ranges, notably in the Colorado Rockies, but in reality extending from the Bering Strait to the Strait of Magellan.  The water ways (rivers and streams) on the Eastern Slope flow into the Atlantic Ocean, while waters of the Western Slope flow into the Pacific Ocean. All that, notwithstanding, I’m speaking today of another “Great Divide” altogether.  End RT.

This major prophetic event is specifically mentioned in our subject verse today.  There is a separation coming between the wicked and the righteous.  And, how will this difference be known?  Just as God separated the Children of Israel from the Egyptians, by the marking of the blood of the sacrificed lamb.

In ancient Egypt, it was a lamb for a house.  Exodus 12:3 Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb for his family one lamb for the household…. 7 They are to take the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the crossbeam of the houses where they will eat it…. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. So there will be no plague among you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

This was a type, picture, or image of a greater reality, the division between the wicked and the righteous.  This time, the blood of a lamb will not do, but only the blood of the Lamb of God.  John 1:29 The next day, John sees Yeshua coming to him and says, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!  And it won’t be the doorposts of our houses, but a transfusion by faith.  Here are two scriptural proofs…

1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of His Son Yeshua purifies us from all sin.  

Hebrews 9:14 how much more will the blood of Messiah—who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God—cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

The “Great Divide” is further illustrated in the parable of the wheat and the tares, Matthew 13:24-30.  It concludes, Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time, I will tell the reapers, “First, gather up the weeds and tie them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

The decisions we make today will determine how we are gathered, into the Master’s “barn,” or into the fire.  God will not be mocked, He see everything and He knows everything.  Hear Yeshua’s words, “Luke 12:2 There is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and nothing hidden that will not be made known.” 

There is only one right choice.  Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and let each of you be immersed in the name of Messiah Yeshua for the removal of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Ruach ha-Kodesh.

Will it be the mark of the beast… Revelation 14:9 And another angel, a third one, followed them, saying in a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he shall also drink the wine of God’s fury, poured full strength into the cup of His wrath. And he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone before the holy angels and before the Lamb.

Or, the mark of the Lord, which is the Holy Spirit in you… Ephesians 1:13 After you heard the message of truth—the Good News of your salvation—and when you put your trust in Him, you were sealed with the promised Ruach ha-Kodesh.

How often have we ended an RR with these words, “Choose wisely my friends.”  Shalom shalom.

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