Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, June 7, 2021
Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Mon 7 June-2021 27th of Sivan, 5781
Nu 16:14-19 Jer 36 Da 11:21-45 (Lk 1:39-80) 2 Co 1
This week’s Torah reading is titled “Korach.” (Numbers 16:1-18:32) It is named after the leader of the rebellion against Moses. Our friend, Jonathan Allen, writes from England every week (which he has done for many years) concerning the current Torah portion. Here is a link to what he wrote this week… www.messianictrust.org.uk/parashiyot/korah-18.php
I mention Jonathan’s writing here because he inspired me in writing what follows…. There is a contrast between Moses and Korach. See if you can spot it.
Numbers 16:1a Now Korah,… 2a rose up against Moses.
Numbers 16:4 When Moses heard this, he fell on his face.
Moses wrote the Torah, so that everything written in the Torah about Moses was actually written by Moses. Strange then, that Moses wrote this (in the Torah reading 2 weeks ago)… Numbers 12:3 Now the man Moses was very humble, more so than anyone on the face of the earth.
The strange thing is that Moses allows his humility to even be greater than His desire to obey God. In our reading for this coming Wednesday (day after tomorrow), Moses receives a command from God… Numbers 16:45 “Get away from among this assembly so that I may immediately consume them!” So they fell on their faces.
In the Hebrew, what is translated as “get away” is actually “rise up from inside (or among) these people.” Moses is told to rise up, but instead he falls down. Moses showed his heart to God and was not afraid to do so. He humbled himself (repeatedly for 40 years).
There is another Son of Jacob, and Son of David (one in the same) Who would come 3300 years after Moses. Yeshua HaMashiach would also humble Himself beyond expectation. While being falsely accused and then beaten without a cause, Yeshua said…. Matthew 26:53 Or do you suppose that I cannot call on My Father, and at once He will place at My side twelve legions of angels?
Yes, Yeshua humbled Himself, and so should we also… Philippians 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves, which also was in Messiah Yeshua, 6 Who, though existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be grasped. 7 But He emptied Himself— taking on the form of a slave, becoming the likeness of men and being found in appearance as a man. 8 He humbled Himself— becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
But God has not destined Yeshua for eternal humility. Philippians 2:9 For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue profess that Yeshua the Messiah is Lord— to the glory of God the Father.
At His crucifixion there was a sign in 3 languages, “King of the Jews.” The Jewish rulers wanted the sign changed, but Pilot wouldn’t hear of it. The day is coming when He alone will be exalted. And those of us who love and serve Him will be exalted along with Him.
Revelation 5:11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders—their number was myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands.12 They were chanting with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea and everything in them, responding, “To the One seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and power forever and ever!” 14 And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.
Memory Verse: Jeremiah 1:15 Behold! I am calling all the families of the kingdoms of the north.” It is a declaration of Adonai. “So they will come and each will set up his throne at the entry of the gates of Jerusalem, against all her surrounding walls and against all the cities of Judah.
* 116 6/10 Monday: 2 Kings 17-18
117 6/11 Tuesday: 2 Kings 19-21
118 6/12 Wednesday: 2 Kings 22-23
119 6/13 Thursday: Jeremiah 1-3:5
120 6/14 Friday: Jeremiah 25; 29
Question of the day: This one is for you. You ask the question, and I’ll do my best to answer.