Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, June 16, 2023
(Early) Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Trail: Hey everybody.  I know I told you this previously, but I can’t find it, so I’m putting it out there again.  This blog, Rabbi’s Reflections, has been named to the top 25 Messianic blogs, sneaking in at number 24.   https://blog.feedspot.com/messianic_blogs/  I’ve been preaching on humility.  Even so, it’s hard to believe there are 23 better ones.  I hope that didn’t make you spit out your coffee.  Have a blessed day.  End RT.

Victory Over Sin part 47 – Romans, part 108

Romans 8:31 What then shall we say in view of these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32  He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?

We’ve got to read this without all the personal pronouns.  In verse 32, “He” and “Him” are used a combined five times for both God, the Father, and Yeshua, the Son.  Without this clarification, we might miss Paul’s intended meaning.  “GOD Who did not spare GOD’s own Son, but gave YESHUA up for us all, how shall God not also with YESHUA freely give us all things?”  Among all the “things” God is giving us with Yeshua is victory over sin.

But, this is Paul’s follow up question which he uses as an explanation for the previous question found in verse 31.  Romans 8:31b If God is for us, who can be against us?  If no one can be against us, that sounds a lot like the victory we are seeking.

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you will prosper and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of Adonai’s servants—their vindication is from Me.” It is a declaration of Adonai.

A Psalm from the sons of Korach asks a relevant question… Psalm 49:6  Why should I fear in evil days? when the iniquity of my deceivers surrounds me?  And King David also wrote similarly… Psalm 27:1 Of David. Adonai is my light and my salvation: whom should I fear? Adonai is the stronghold of my life: whom should I dread?  Put simply, “Why should I be afraid?”

This reminds me of King David’s faith as he approached Goliath… 1Samuel 17:10 The Philistine added, “Today I defy the ranks of Israel—give me a man, so we may fight together!” 11 But when Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and very terrified.  But David had faith in the power of God… 1 Samuel 17:26b …For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the ranks of the living God?”  

Then David told King Saul… 1Samuel 17:36  “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear, so this uncircumcised Philistine will become like one of them—since he has defied the ranks of the living God.”

When confronting Goliath, David spoke without fear and with authority… 1Samuel 17:46 This very day Adonai will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and take your head off you, and I will give the carcasses of the Philistines’ camp today to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth. Then all the earth will know that there is a God in Israel.

So may we also have the faith of which Paul is writing.  It seems to echo the attitude of the boy, David, as he approached Goliath.  Fear and faith never exist in the same place at the same time.  In that way they are like light and darkness.  May we have the faith of David, and David’s Son, Yeshua, to overcome every enemy.  Revelation 3:21  To the one who overcomes I will grant the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I myself overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Fri 16 June-2023 27th of Sivan, 5783
Nu 15:17-26 Jer 37 Da 12 2 Co 2 (Lk 2:1-21)