Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Day 45 of counting the Omer
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 six weeks and three days of the counting of the Omer.

Follow up that prayer by remembering a blessing from the Lord and give Him thanks.


Isaiah 62 Fast

This is the final week… https://isaiah62fast.com/  … Don’t miss it!


Isaiah 62:1  For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness shines out brightly, and her salvation as a blazing torch.

Did Isaiah just describe you?  Are you the one who will not keep silent?  The simple fact is that (like never before), the body of Messiah is focused on the salvation of Israel.  Ask Don Finto https://caleb.global/  if he has been crying out for this through the Caleb Global ministry.

You out there, who want to obey all of God’s commands, obey this one… Isaiah 62:7  And give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.  Who does this?  Watchmen on the wall.  In Hebrew, “watchmen” are “Shomrim,” the name of our congregation comes from that.  “Shomair Yisrael” are the last two Hebrew words in Psalm 121:4 (Watchman of Israel).

God has a blessing for those who love what He loves.  It is the blessing of worldwide revival and His return to earth to establish His kingdom.  Pray!  Give Him no rest!  The time is now!


Victory Over Sin part 29 – Romans, part 90

Romans 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Ruach set their minds on the things of the Ruach. 6  For the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the Ruach is life and shalom. 

Yes, these are the same verses as yesterday.  This is not a typo, there is more to say about them.  I want to focus on verse 6.  The flesh will die, and it is consumed with that destiny.  The Spirit (Ruach) will live forever, and it is consumed with the destiny of eternal life of shalom.

“Shalom” is so banal.  We use it in Hebrew for both “hello” and “good-bye.”  Yet, in reality, it is the fulfillment of every blessing.  Only God can give us “Shalom.”  It speaks of God’s complete provision.  Only He can make us whole.  Only He is perfect and can make us perfect.  Only He fills us up to overflowing.

Psalm 34:9  Taste and see how good Adonai is. Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. 10  Fear Adonai, His kedoshim, For those who fear Him lack nothing. 11  Young lions may lack, and go hungry, but those who seek Adonai want for no good thing.

So, let us “live according to the Ruach.”  When we do, our minds will be fixed on “life and shalom.”  And speaking of “Shalom,” shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Day 45 of the Omer
Tue 23 May-2023 3rd of Sivan, 5783
De 15:19-23 Jer 15 Job 35 Ro 15 (Mk 3)