Rabbi’s Reflections – Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Rabbi Trail:  This is a daunting task.  I’m taking bite-size pieces and trying to amplify what it took Paul most of the New Testament to say.  No one individual RR will tell the whole story.  At best, what was said today will relate to the message from yesterday and the message for tomorrow.  Each daily RR tells a message, but none tells the whole message.  Thanks for reading and thanks for understanding.  End RT.

One In Messiah part 4 – Romans, part 115

Romans 9:3b —my own flesh and blood, 4 who are Israelites. To them belong the adoption and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Torah and the Temple service and the promises. 5 To them belong the patriarchs—and from them, according to the flesh, the Messiah, who is over all, God, blessed forever. Amen.

Does it matter?  A better question might be, “Does what matter and to whom?”  The reason I’m asking is, “Does Israel matter?”  And yes, let’s complete the thought, “Does Israel matter to God?”  If the answer is “yes,” then Israel should matter to us too, both as a matter for prayer (spiritually) and as a recipient of our love (physically).

Another way to ask the same question is, “Is there a future for Israel?”  We should all agree Israel has a past (notwithstanding the deniers out there).  We should also agree that modern Jews are the physical descendants of those ancient Hebrews who received the promises (notwithstanding more deniers out there).

Rabbi Trail: Speaking of “deniers,” Barry Horner has written two books on the subject, Future Israel (2004) https://books.google.com/books/about/Future_Israel.html?id=w3dXiCv07csC and Eternal Israel (his new book) https://books.google.com/books?id=HM5QDwAAQBAJ&source=gbs_similarbooks .  In both books he presents compelling evidence that God has a glorious eternal destiny for Israel by taking apart every false argument.  I highly recommend both books.  End RT.

God chose Israel for a purpose.  Paul even calls it the “irrevocable calling” in Romans 11, which is to be a light to the nations.  The nations also have a calling, to provoke Israel to jealousy.  Now let’s  continue our analysis of Paul’s list of the benefits (evidence) that his own flesh and blood, Jewish people, are really God’s chosen people.

COVENANTS:  The Abrahamic Covenant, Mosaic Covenant and Davidic Covenant were all made with for and to Hebrew/Jewish/Israelite people.  These covenants are intended to be shared with the whole world.

Abrahamic Covenant: Genesis 12:2 “My heart’s desire is to make you into a great nation, to bless you, to make your name great so that you may be a blessing. 3 My desire is to bless those who bless you, but whoever curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Mosaic Covenant: Exodus 19:5 “Now then, if you listen closely to My voice, and keep My covenant, then you will be My own treasure from among all people, for all the earth is Mine.”

Davidic Covenant: Genesis 49:10 The scepter will not pass from Judah (David’s tribe), nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs will come. To him will be the obedience of the peoples.

These covenants all converge in Messiah Yeshua (He to Whom it belongs).  Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, days are coming”—it is a declaration of Adonai—“when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—…33  “But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days”—it is a declaration of Adonai—“I will put My Torah within them. Yes, I will write it on their heart. I will be their God and they will be My people.  This leads us to the next great benefit of being part of Israel.

GIVING OF THE TORAH: How do you know right from wrong?  The way in which a person answers that question will tell you much about his/her spiritual condition.  By the category, we should all know the Torah is essentially instruction on right and wrong, and by it we know the difference.  Near the end of Leviticus we read this confirmation…. Leviticus 26:46  These are the statutes, ordinances and laws, which Adonai made between Himself and Bnei-Yisrael at Mount Sinai by Moses.

Rabbi Trail:  The Torah was never given for salvation.  It was given so that we would know we need the Savior.  It doesn’t matter how hard we try to obey God, without Yeshua we are exercising futility.  The Rabbis have always known this, and now you know it too. End RT.

Everything finds its fulfillment in Messiah Yeshua.  This is especially true with the giving of the Torah.  John 1:14  And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. We looked upon His glory, the glory of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth.  Did you catch that at the end, “full of grace and truth?”  Truth (God’s commandments) needs grace to be attainable.  Likewise, grace (God’s unmerited favor, through Messiah Yeshua) needs truth to be meaningful.  (Without truth we don’t even know why we need grace.)

Jewish people are naturally “truth” oriented, while non-Jewish followers of Messiah are naturally “grace” oriented people.  Are you getting a sense that God is the master builder Who puts us both together for mutual blessing?  We definitely do need each other.  That’s God’s divine order.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Wed 28 Jun-2023 9th of Tamuz, 5783
Nu 21:21-22:12 Jer 51 Ezr 10 2 Co 12 (Lk 8:26-56)