Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, July 11, 2023

One In Messiah part 13 – Romans, part 124

Romans 9:22 Now what if God, willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath designed for destruction? 23 And what if He did so to make known the riches of His glory on vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory? 24 Even us He called—not only from the Jewish people, but also from the Gentiles—  

Today we have two “what if” statements from Paul.  Of course, he is asking rhetorically.  The answers to both statements is, “Yes, He did!”  Don’t miss this… there are only two classes of people in the world, the righteous and the wicked, and God has a plan for both.  There are “saints” who are reformed sinners, transformed by grace.  There are also sinners, those who have refused grace, are unrepentant, and still love the darkness.  How will this all end?

Paul already (earlier in this chapter) referred to the example of Pharaoh, who was unrepentant so that God’s glory would be shown.  We also have Yeshua’s parable of wheat and tares (Matthew 13:24-30).  At the end Yeshua says, “Let both grow together until the harvest.”  That is what is happening today.  Evil is getting “ripe.”  Can you feel it?

But, so is righteousness (or it is supposed to be).  Since most of this audience is righteous, I’m talking to you.  Are you maturing in righteousness?  “Better get ready, Jesus is coming,” says the song lyrics… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb2uffloGFA (Better Get Ready – Misty Edwards).

Yeshua warns us in another place of the coming destruction.  Luke 17:25  As it was in the days of Noah, so will it also be in the days of the Son of Man.  Two verses later He reminds us how nobody was expecting the flood until it started to rain, and then it was too late.  Don’t wait!

2 Corinthians 6:2b Behold, now is the favorable time. Behold, now is the day of salvation.  And this from Psalm 95… Psalm 95:6 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before Adonai our Maker. 7  For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, the flock of His hand. Today, if you hear His voice: 8a  “Do not harden your heart.”

You can be Jewish or you can be non-Jewish.  From both groups, God has appointed (what He calls) “vessels of mercy… prepared… for glory.”  Choose to be chosen, and say yes to His call.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Tue 11 July 2023 22nd of Tamuz, 5783
Nu 32:1-19 Ez 16:32-63 Neh 11 Eph 4 (Lk 16)