Rabbi’s Reflections – Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Upper Room Discourse (part 43 of ???)

John 16:1 “I have spoken these things to you so that you may be kept from stumbling.”

Let’s pray… Oh Lord, open the ears of our hearts.  We want to hear your words in such a profound way, that they have a life changing effect.  May  that transformation benefit us now and for all eternity in Your kingdom.  In Yeshua’s name.  Amen.

Why does Yeshua specifically say, “That you may be kept from stumbling?”  His love for us is His all encompassing motivation.  His desire is that we would walk with Him.  In Hebrew, “walk” is ‘Holech.”  It is euphemistic for how we practice His instructions.  How we obey His commandments is called “Halacha” from the same Shoresh.

Furthermore; the Hebrew for “upright” or “straight” is “Yashir,” Yashar” or “Yosher.”  This word is also translated as “righteous” in many places.  God wants us to walk uprightly and not stumble.  The Lord has spoken wisdom to us so that we will not self destruct nor be led astray by the deception of the adversary.

Psalm 91:11 For He will give His angels charge over you, to guard you in all your ways. 12 Upon their hands they will lift you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

Today, we began John chapter 16.  Yeshua is leading up to His John 17 prayer for unity.  But before He does that, He is offering us a path to prevent self destructive behavior.  Take His words to heart.

Judah 1:20 But you, loved ones, continue building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Ruach ha-Kodesh. 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, eagerly waiting for the mercy of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah that leads to eternal life. 22a And have mercy on those who are wavering.

If we say we love God, we must obey His commandments.  This is consistent with our love for Yeshua Who is God), and designed by God to keep us from stumbling. Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they who love Your Torah, and nothing causes them to stumble. 166 I hope for Your salvation (Yeshua), Adonai, and do Your mitzvot.  Hope for Yeshua Who gives great peace is consistent with our walk with God.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Thu 29-Sep-2022 4th of Tishrei, 5783
De 31:7-9 Hag 1-2 2 Ch 24   (Ac 18) Rev 11

Week 40
Memory Verse: Acts 17:11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, because they received the message with goodwill, searching the Scriptures each day to see whether these things were true.

196   9/28      Monday:       Acts 15-16
197   9/29      Tuesday:      Galatians 1-3
198   9/30      Wednesday: Galatians 4-6
199   10/1      Thursday:     Acts 17-18:17
200   10/2      Friday:          1 Thessalonians 1-2