Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, August 10, 2021 


News Flash:  I’m not sure when you’re reading this.  My intent is to publish every evening at 6pm because the Jewish (biblical) day begins at sundown, so Tuesday begins Monday night at sundown.  Do yourself a favor; don’t click this link before retiring for the night.  It took me 2 hours to calm down after reading it.  Read it in the morning when you’re trying to get the blood flowing.  https://thejewishvoice.com/2021/08/the-squad-targets-jerusalem/ 

Special Prayer Request:  Please pray for our friends in Israel Eitan, Leon, Joel, Cody and Liat and others too numerous to name.  They all have contracted a variant of COVID-19 and need a healing touch from the Lord.  Please agree with me in prayer for their complete and speedy recovery.  Thank you.  Malachi 3:20 “But for you who revere My Name, the sun of righteousness will rise, with healing in its wings. Then you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.

Friendly Reminder:  I just ordered mine, have you ordered yours?  It’s time to preorder one if you want one.  There are 4 species commanded in Scripture.  While detailing the observance of Sukkot, the Bible gives us some instruction.  Leviticus 23:40 On the first day you are to take choice fruit of trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and rejoice before Adonai your God for seven days.  The rabbis have interpreted this into a Lulav (3 branches) and Etrog or Esrog (fruit of a citron).  Here is where I ordered… esrogheadquarters.com  You can do it too.  PS – If you don’t want to order your own, you can borrow mine.  

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

Tue 10 Aug 2021 2nd of Elul, 5781

De 18:1-5Hos 3-42 Ch 1(Jn 15)Phm

“Mamlechet Kohanim” (kingdom of priests) is a Hebrew phrase found in Exodus 19.  Just before the giving of the 10 Commandments in Exodus 20, God is preparing the people for their eternal assignment as a light to the nations.  (This is the same assignment into which we have all been grafted.). Exodus 19:6a So as for you, you will be to Me a kingdom of kohanim and a holy nation.

“Mamlechet” has the Shoresh “Melech” meaning “king.”  Makes sense, right?  What is a kingdom without a king?  Without a king, there is not really a ‘kingdom,” right?  Yeshua is the Messiah, the promised Savior of the world.  In Him, and only in Him, is both the office of King (Melech) and the office of Priest (Kohen), together as One.  And we, as His people, also have that same mantle as both king and priest.

“King” stands for dominion, authority, and government.  “Priest” stands for intercession, righteousness, and worship leader.  Today’s Torah reading is only 5 verses long, but there is a nugget in verse 2 I can’t just pass over (no pun intended) and the reason I started this line of thinking. .  Deuteronomy 18:2b “Adonai is their inheritance.”  This was written originally of the Levites.  Now do you see where I’m going?  Since each of us is grafted in to the heritage of the Levites, Adonai is our inheritance too.  

Romans 8:16 The Ruach Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. 17 And if children, also heirs—heirs of God and joint-heirs with Messiah—if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

Whatever difficulty we go through in this life, it will be redeemed many times over in the resurrection.  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.”

As my friend, Paco Platillero (may he rest in peace) used to say (in his Spanish accent), “Now that’s finger lickin’ good.”

Week 33
Memory Verse: Luke 14:33 So in the same way, whoever does not renounce all that he has, cannot be My disciple.

161   8/9    Monday:       Luke 9:10-62

162   8/10  Tuesday:      Mark 9-10

163   8/11  Wednesday: Luke 12

164   8/12  Thursday:     John 3-4

165   8/13  Friday:          Luke 14