Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Rabbi Trail:  Recently a friend of mine had a warning dream.  Rabbi’s Note: There are different types of dreams, some are from God and some are inspired by the adversary (called second heaven dreams).  For more information on dreams, go to streamsministries.org . End RN.

In his dream he was walking in a downtown area on his way to have dinner at a restaurant when a stranger approached and asked if he could download a “Google” update on his phone, promising it would only take a few seconds.  My friend agreed, but then, two days later his phone quit working and all his information (passwords and account numbers) were compromised.

The warning is obvious.  Follow this advice available from numerous sources.  The “bad guys” are getting better at stealing.  Don’t let anyone have access to your data.  Be very careful of downloads from sources you don’t know and even those you trust.  Change your passwords regularly.  Check before you click.  https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/protect-your-personal-information-and-data End RT.

The Psalms
Psalm 4:4(3) – Part 5

Psalm 4:4(3) But know that Adonai has set apart the godly for His own. Adonai will hear when I call to Him.

The verse numbers between the Jewish Bible and the Christian Bible frequently differ (slightly).  Here, they are off by one, so I’ve indicated the Christian numbering in parentheses.

The Hebrew in this verse is enlightening.  There is something that we will know (in an intimate and personal way).  What is it?  The LORD, Yehovah, has made a distinction (Hif’lah in Hebrew), with those He has given to Himself by grace (Chesed in Hebrew).  I want to amplify these two Hebrew words.

The first biblical use of “Hiflah” is at the announcing of the fourth plague in Exodus 8:18(22) “But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where My people are dwelling—except no swarm of flies will be there—so that you may know that I, Adonai, am in the midst of the earth.

Chesed is translated “the godly,” which is both convenient and adequate, but at the same time still missing something.  Chesed is the Hebrew word for what we call in the New Testament “Grace.”  The Hebrew New Testament uses “Chesed” in 2 Corinthians 12:9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

So, according to the Hebrew, God has made a distinction by grace.  This is something God wants His people to know in an intimate way.  His distinction is further amplified in the last part of the verse.  “Yehovah” will hear (Shema) when I call out to Him.”

Rabbi Trail:  The “Shema” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) includes the greatest of all the commandments.  It starts with the Hebrew word “Shema” meaning “take heed to this.”  There is no such thing in the Bible as passive hearing.  A better translation than “hear” which is done in our ears might be “obey” which is done in our hearts.  End RT.

But that’s not the “big deal.”  The Scripture goes on to amplify what it means to be set apart by God. The righteous God, who calls us to hear (take heed and obey) Him, holds Himself to the same standard.  He will hear (take heed and act) when we call out to Him.  Part of God’s faithfulness toward us is to respond when we call.  David makes this point repeatedly in the Psalms… Psalm 143:7  Answer me speedily, Adonai—my spirit fails. Hide not Your face from me, lest I become like those who go down into the Pit.

God, our heavenly Father, has made a distinction by grace for those who belong to Him.  That distinction includes the promise that He will hear when we call.  Shalom shalom.

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