Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, July 26, 2019 


Here is an announcement to start the new week.  We are opening up our Sukkot week (September 20 thru 27) camp at Camp Galilee on Norris Lake.  Until now, only Shomair members could register.  But as of now, friends of Shomair (like you, our RR subscribers) can register to attend.  Everything is explained on our website www.syknox.org .  There is limited tent camping (central facilities), and there may be some RV hookups and some cabins (the cabins have heat and air-conditioning but rely on central facilities for restrooms and showers) still available.  There are nearby hotel rooms also available (the Hampton Inn Caryville is available at $90/night).  We will have a full ministry schedule with special ministry time with Jerry and Jo Miller.  Please reserve your space while space is available.     

Psalm 81 – part 7: This is the last part in a series on Psalm 81.  You may recall, we began this series a week ago Thursday after noting Psalm 81 is the “Psalm of the day” for Thursday.  Here is a rundown of all the “Psalms of the day.”

Sunday: Psalm 24

Monday: Psalm 48

Tuesday: Psalm 82

Wednesday: Psalm 94, followed (in many communities) by the first three verses of Psalm 95.

Thursday: Psalm 81

Friday: Psalm 93

Saturday: Psalm 92

Today we will study the last 4 verses of Psalm 81…

Psalm 81:14 Oh that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! 15 I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn My hand against their foes. 16 Those who hate Adonai would cringe before Him— their time of doom would be forever. 17 But you would be fed with the finest wheat, with honey out of a rock would I satisfy you.”

God is calling His people to “Shema” Him.  That is listening or hearing, but in no way is biblical listening ever passive.  God expects a response to what we hear.  

Rabbi Trail:  I’ve told you before about the common greeting in Israel, “Ma Nishma.”  Literally, it means “What do we hear?”  But idiomatically, it means “What’s going on” or “What’s happening?”  Let me tell you what we hear.  End RT.

We hear God (as we read His Word) instructing us on how to live a long, happy, healthy and prosperous life.  God says that it is His desire to doom our (and His) enemies and to bless us, His people.  “But you would be fed….”  And not just fed with scraps, but with the finest wheat and with honey that God will deliver from a rock.  

That phrase “honey from a rock” is symbolic of God’s desire and ability to miraculously deliver the sweetest and most nutritious food to both sustain us and to delight us.  Let’s purpose to follow His instructions and allow Him to bless us richly.   

Week 31
Memory Verse: 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.

151   7/26  Monday:       Luke 1

152   7/27  Tuesday:      Luke 2

153   7/28  Wednesday: Matthew 1-2

154   7/29  Thursday:     Mark 1

155   7/30  Friday:          John 1

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)

Mon 26 July 2021 17th of Av, 5781

De 8:11-9:3Ez 381 Ch 17(Jn 6:1-36)1 Ti 1