Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Victory Over Sin part 39 – Romans, part 100

Romans 8:18  For I consider the sufferings of this present time not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed to us.

Yesterday, we dealt with the concept of being heirs (both Jewish and non-Jewish) together with Messiah Yeshua.  Paul mentioned in Romans 8:17 that we will be heirs if we suffer with Him.  Somehow, I left that out of our discussion yesterday.  But Paul won’t let that stand, as he brings it up again, in verse 18, today.

He’s saying the suffering of this life is “not worthy” when compared to the “coming glory.”  1Corinthians 2:9  But as it is written, “Things no eye has seen and no ear has heard, that have not entered the heart of mankind—these things God has prepared for those who love Him.”  Where is it written?  Isaiah 64:3 comes close.

The term “coming glory” in intriguing to me.  Remember, God’s glory is His oneness.  The “coming glory” is when we are made one with Him.

Rabbi Trail: Oneness with God is pictured in the lulav and the etrog (the four species), waved before the Lord on the Feast of Sukkot.  The lulav itself is made up of 3 species, palm, myrtle and willow, representative of Father (tall and straight palm), Holy Spirit (myrtle with leaves shaped like lips – kisses of God by His Spirit), and Son (humbled, bent willow, planted by rivers of living water).  These are held together with both hands and waved along with the etrog, a citrus fruit chosen because it is close to the size and shape of a human heart.  These 4 species are waved in synagogues and in sukkot (on the feast of Sukkoth) around the world.  They are waved in order, up and down, left and right, forward and backward (the points of the cross, future (forward) and past (backward), to indicate eternity).  This demonstrates our destiny to be one with God through the cross.  End RT.

This “oneness” with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is a deep loving intimacy, like that experienced in marriage between a husband and wife.  There are numerous scriptures that make reference to this.

Matthew 22 – the king is giving a wedding feast for his son.

Matthew 25 – the ten virgins.

John 3:29  The one who has the bride is the bridegroom,… So now my joy is complete!

John 14 – Yeshua promises to prepare a place (like a groom preparing for his bride).

2 Corinthians 11:2  For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy. For I betrothed you to one husband, to present you to Messiah as a pure virgin.

Revelation 3:21 – we will sit on Yeshua’s throne together with Him.

Revelation 19 – is very direct concerning the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Revelation 21:9 – “…I will show you the bride…”

There is an ecstatic oneness coming to the people of God.  Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life. Abundance of joys are in Your presence, eternal pleasures at Your right hand.  And this last word for today, back where we began.  Meditate on the full meaning of this verse… 1 Corinthians 2:9  But as it is written, “Things no eye has seen and no ear has heard, that have not entered the heart of mankind—these things God has prepared for those who love Him.” Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Tue 6 June-2023 17th of Sivan, 5783
Nu 9:1-14 Jer 27-28 Dan 4 1 Co 10 (Mk 11)