Rabbi’s Reflections – Thursday, May 12, 2022

Okay, if you read the RR, you gotta see this.  Last night, Mike Bickle (senior leader at IHOPKC) was in the tent on the Truman property on the first night of 24/7 prayer for Israel.  Jan and I watched it live.  He gave a talk titled, “God’s Grand Family Plan: 5 Essential Parts (Romans 11).”  Go to 1:50 (one hour and 50 minutes) in the 2:50 video.  That is where the talk begins.  There is a link under the video to his handout notes so you can print them and follow along.  Almost 12K people have already viewed it.  It is very affirming to our own mission, vision and values at Shomair.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq8_37Dlr50  Enjoy!

Counting the Omer – Day 19
Here is the proper blessing to be said each day.  This is how Jewish people fulfill the command to count.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּֽנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹֽמֶר
Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu Melech Ha-Olam, Asher Kid’shanu B’mitzvotav, Vitzivanu Al Sefirat Ha-Omer.
Blessed are You O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by his commandments and commanded us about the counting of the Omer.  Today is two weeks and five days of the counting of the Omer.

Matthew 5:8 Part 4 of Many

Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Take a moment with me.  Let’s contemplate what it means to be “pure in heart.”  One of the nuances of the word for “pure” connotes clear and transparent.  We pray in agreement with King David… Psalm 51:12(10) Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Capital One wants to know, “What’s in your wallet?”  God wants to know, “What’s in your heart?”

Are our hearts full of the junk of this world?  How do we get rid of all of that “stuff?”  We wash it away.  Washing in Scriptural terms is baptism.  Ephesians 5 describes this special kind of baptism.

Rabbi Trail: You do know there are many “baptisms” in Scripture.  Water baptism is usually thought of first, but there are others (baptism by fire, baptism in the Spirit, baptism unto Moses, baptism of His sufferings, to name a few).

Yeshua is described as preparing His Bride for marriage with a special washing/immersion (baptism).  Ephesians 5:26 to make her (His Bride) holy, having cleansed her by immersion (washing) in the word.  That’s right, as we pour the Word of God into our hearts, the ungodliness of this world is washed out.  1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  Moreover; remember this, we wouldn’t even know what sin is, except the Word of God tells us.  Romans 7:7a What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the Torah.

As I’m writing, and contemplating what it means to have a clean heart, this question comes to mind.  Is there a “yes” in our hearts to God?  Do we say, “Yes” when God calls?  For perspective, let’s examine some alternatives.  We might think the opposite of “yes” is “no,” but it isn’t.

Anything other than “yes” is the opposite of “yes.”  “Why should I,” is one such opposite answer.   My children used to say to each other, “You’re not the boss of me.”  Do we really want to be found answering God with those words when He calls?  God is not our boss, but He is a loving Father, Who wants the best for His children.

Rabbi Trail:  The world has a distorted view of what it means to be a “father.”  Yeshua began the Lord’s prayer by addressing, “Our Father….”I’ve heard it said that “father” means “decider.”  Is there someone else you would like deciding the issues of your life?

Is there a better father?  One reason (there are many) that God is the perfect Father, is that He knows the end from the beginning.  Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: For I am God—there is no other. I am God, and there is none like Me— 10 declaring the end from the beginning, from ancient time, what is yet to come, saying, “My purpose will stand, and I will accomplish all that I please.”

He created each of us for His divine purpose.  There is a great blessing for those who find it. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have in mind for you,” declares Adonai, “plans for shalom and not calamity—to give you a future and a hope.

In closing this today, I want to paraphrase Matthew 5:8.  Shout for joy all you who have clean hearts, for you shall eternally experience God.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Thu 12-May-2022 11th of Iyyar, 5782 19th day of the Omer
Le 23:23-32 Jer 2 Job 12 (Mt 25:24-46) Ro 10

Week 20
Memory Verse:  Proverbs 1:7 The fear of Adonai is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

96    5/11      Monday:        Proverbs 1-2
97    5/12      Tuesday:       Proverbs 3-4
98    5/13      Wednesday:  Proverbs 16-18
99    5/14      Thursday:      Proverbs 31
100  5/15      Friday:           1 Kings 11-12