Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Most of the Jewish world started counting the Omer last Sunday.  I am going to start counting next Sunday.  I don’t like being different.  There are two things keeping me from starting last Sunday.  They have to do with Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks) and when it must occur on the 50th day.

Leviticus 23:15 ‘You shall count from the day after the Sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf (tied bundle of grain) of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete Sabbaths (seven full weeks). 16 You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the Lord.

We know we have to start counting on a Sunday, so we can end counting on a Sunday.  So, why not last Sunday?  Because I couldn’t get 3 days between Friday and Sunday.  Ideally, we start counting on the 3rd day.  Next Sunday is not the 3rd day either, and I have no answer for that.  I only pray the Lord will see my heart.

I also want to announce the beginning (next Sunday, for the counting of the Omer) of a new series.  I’m going to dedicate the next seven weeks (a week of weeks) to the sermon on the mount.  The “big sermon” is quoted in three chapters (Matthew 5, 6 & 7).  I’m excited to see how the Lord will bring it forth.

Isaiah 53, part 9

Isaiah 53:11 As a result of the anguish of His soul He will see it and be satisfied by His knowledge. The Righteous One, My Servant will make many righteous and He will bear their iniquities.

Rabbi Trail: I used to subscribe to a blog called “WAYMISH.” (Why Are You Making It So Hard?)  Their website still exists, http://www.waymish.com/ .  The four authors have written a book by that title, now in its fourth edition.  It highlights the many ways businesses make it hard for customers to do business with them.

What made me think of it here is how hard it is to fully understand this one verse of Scripture.  Yet it isn’t really hard at all, just obscure given the limitations of language. لعبه اونلاين   Poetry says in a few words what a novelist says in hundreds of pages.  Please pray that Jewish people will see the plain truth and believe.  End RT.

The rabbis read this verse and put themselves in the middle.  They think the suffering servant is not a person, but the persecuted people of Israel.  And they are right, Jewish people have suffered, but they’re also wrong because the meaning of the entire verse doesn’t fit into their wrong understanding.

They read, “The Righteous One, My Servant,” and think it’s all about them.  But the question must be asked, “How could the Jewish people ever ‘bear (carry the weighty burden) their (the many people who are made righteous) iniquities (sin)?”

If we return briefly to Isaiah 53:1 ‘Who has believed our report? To whom is the arm of Adonai revealed?  Is this a message to Israel or about Israel?  Does Israel need to “believe our report,” or is Israel the “arm of Adonai?”  Isaiah had a message FOR the children of Israel.  It was a prophetic message to call God’s people to attention so they would see the provision of God through his Son to take away the sins of the world.

Luke 19:41 As He drew near and saw Jerusalem, He wept over her, 42 saying, “If only you had recognized this day the things that lead to shalom! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

The Amplified Version indicates that Yeshua was crying over the spiritual ignorance of the people. كيف احصل على المال مجانا   This next verse goes on to describe the inhabitants of Jerusalem missing the things on which Shalom depends.

Let’s pray in agreement with the Lord… Isaiah 42:6 “I, Adonai, called You in righteousness, I will take hold of Your hand, I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations, 7 by opening blind eyes, bringing prisoners out of the dungeon, and those sitting in darkness out of the prison house.  Yeshua is given as a covenant to the people.  He is a light to the nations, but also a light to those of His own people who are blind prisoners.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Tue 19-Apr-2022 18th of Nisan, 5782 Pesach IV (CH”M)
Ex 22:25[24]-23:19  Nu 28:19-25 Isa 44 Pr 24 (Mt 12:1-21) 2 Pet 3

Week 17
Memory Verse: Psalm 23:1 A psalm of David. Adonai is my shepherd, I shall not want. لعبة بوكر اون لاين 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.

81    4/20      Monday:        2 Samuel 1-2:1-7
82    4/21      Tuesday:       2 Samuel 3:1; 5; Psalm 23
83    4/22      Wednesday:  2 Samuel 6-7
84    4/23      Thursday:      Psalm 18; 2 Samuel 9
85    4/24      Friday:           2 Samuel 11-12