Hey!  I’ve got a teaser for the message on Saturday.  The text is Acts 1 (which will be the subject of the class discussion at 9:30 also).  In the resurrection Yeshua taught the disciples the principles of the kingdom of God for 40 days.  Ever wonder what He taught them?  The message will provide the answer from a Jewish perspective, as we examine the Scriptures.

Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, September 9, 2022
(Early) Shabbat Shalom,

The Upper Room Discourse (part 29 of ???)

John 15:9 “Just as the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you. Abide in My love! 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

“Abide” appears 3 times in these two verses.  “Abide in My love!”  “You will abide in My love…” and “Abide in His love.”  Previously to that in verses 4 through 7, “abide” is mentioned 8 more times.  Do you get the sense that Yeshua is on a theme here?  And what is that theme?  We abide together with the Father and the Son and are invited to participate in their love for one another.

What bind us together is “Shema Yisrael!”  The “Shema” is a call to love through obedience.  Typically, the word “Shema” is translated “hear,” but a better translation would be “take heed” or “obey.” Deuteronomy 6:6 These words, which I am commanding you today, are to be on your heart.

This is the thing that “gets me.”  Yeshua obeyed God and calls all of us to the same obedience, and there is no fault in Him, Yet the scribes and pharisees of His day found a great deal of fault, because His Halacha (way of walking) didn’t match their Halacha.  Yeshua described this situation quite well.

Mathew 23:23 “Woe to you, Torah scholars and Pharisees, hypocrites! You tithe mint and dill and cumin, yet you have neglected the weightier matters of Torah—justice and mercy and faithfulness. It is necessary to do these things without neglecting the others. 24 O blind guides, straining out a gnat while swallowing a camel! 25 “Woe to you, Torah scholars and Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and uncontrolled desire.

Here is another conditional statement (we had some yesterday)… John 15:10a If you keep My commandments, (then) you will abide in My love.  As we said, this is not an isolated thought, but a consistent and recurring theme throughout Yeshua’s ministry.  1 John 5:2 We know that we love God’s children by this—when we love God and obey His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God—that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

“His commandments are not burdensome.”  2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Ruach Adonai is, there is freedom. 18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory—just as from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Please pray into this and be willing to be transformed…  Freedom is not lawlessness.  John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!

Rabbi Trail: As Messianics, we sometimes face the label of being Judaizers  or legalists.  Galatians 5:1 For freedom, Messiah set us free—so stand firm, and do not be burdened by a yoke of slavery again. The “yoke of slavery” is working to achieve salvation by doing good.  Grace and works are connected, but should never be confused with each other.  Jacob 2:8 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works….  20b faith without works is dead. End RT.

I have never ended an RR on an RT before, but today I will.  (Early) Shabbat shalom again.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Fri 09-Sep-2022 13th of Elul, 5782
De 24:5-13 Am 8-9 2 Ch 9 (Ac 3) Heb 11:20-40

Week 37
Memory Verse: Matthew 28:18 And Yeshua came up to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh, 20 teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. And remember! I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

181   9/05      Monday:        Mark 16
182   9/06      Tuesday:       Luke 24
183   9/07      Wednesday: John 20-21
184   9/08      Thursday:     Matthew 28
185   9/09      Friday:          Acts 1