Rabbi’s Reflections – Thursday, August 10, 2023

One In Messiah part 35 – Romans, part 146

Romans 10:21 But about Israel He says, “All day long I stretched forth My hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”

The quote here is from Isaiah 65:2.  It continues the quote from Romans 10:20 which comes from Isaiah 65:1.  Here, he offers a partial quote (only the first part of Isaiah 65:2), although we’re going to study the entire verse.

Isaiah 65:2 I have stretched out My hands all day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own thoughts.

Rebellious people are immature people.  In following “their own thoughts,” they make it impossible for them to follow God’s thoughts.  Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.” It is a declaration of Adonai. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

For the most part, ancient Israel lacked maturity.  Maturity is the ability to walk in high levels of character, which Paul connects to fruit bearing.  Dissension and factions are mentioned among deeds of the flesh, but fruit of the spirit are described as… Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Ruach is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control—against such things there is no law. 

It took God 40 years to mature the next generation of Israelites.  It was them (and not their fathers) who would have the character necessary to follow God into battle and thus conquer the land.  God is calling each of us to join Him in this.  1Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who keeps giving us the victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah! Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Thu 10 Aug 2023 23rd of Av, 5783
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