Rabbi’s Reflections – Thursday, November 5, 2020

Shalom *|FNAME|*,  

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

Thu 5-Nov-2020 18th of Cheshvan, 5781

Ge 21:5-21 Jdg 5 Ps 31 Mt 22 (Ro 2)

Rabbi Trail:  I really like the “every day” reading (Aliyah) of each weekly Torah portion.  It is so manageable.  Thank you Lars for providing the way to change my Bible reading habits. 

What made me think of this is the Hebrew name for Thursday, Yom Chamishi (the fifth day).  Chamesh is the number 5 in Hebrew.  (What other language would I be teaching you?  You never know.)  It is the reason we call a printed volume of the 5 books of Moses a “Chumash.”  End RT.  


Mario Murillo writes every day (similar to yours truly).  Sometimes he rants (similar to yours truly).  Sometimes he makes sense (similar to yours truly).  Sometimes he is prophetic (similar to yours truly).  Today he is a little of everything.  I read his word this morning and thought you would like it.  https://mariomurilloministries.wordpress.com/author/mariomurilloministries/ 


Our Aliyah (accent on the second syllable, Torah reading for today) is the story of Hagar and Ishmael being banished from Abraham and Sarah.  Yet God is faithful and preserves them miraculously.  In Messiah Yeshua we see a family reunion, the restoration of that long ago banishment.  Many of the descendants of Ishmael have believed on the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua.  

As part of the family of faith, they have joined with the children of Ishmael’s half brother, Isaac, and Isaac’s grandchildren, the children of Jacob called Israel, to form a new family, the family of God.  But don’t take my word for it; let’s read what the Bible says about God’s family.

John 1:12 But whoever did receive Him, those trusting in His name, to these He gave the right to become children of God.

Romans 12:5 so we, who are many, are one body in Messiah and everyone parts of one another.

Ephesians 2:14 For He is our shalom, the One who made the two into one and broke down the middle wall of separation. Within His flesh He made powerless the hostility— 15 the law code of mitzvot contained in regulations. He did this in order to create within Himself one new man from the two groups, making shalom,

Week 45
Memory Verse: Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Messiah Yeshua.

221   11/2    Monday:         Romans 7-8

222   11/3    Tuesday:        Romans 9-10

223   11/4    Wednesday:   Romans 11-12     

* 224 11/5    Thursday:       Romans 13-14

225   11/6    Friday:       Romans 15-16

“Not” the “Question” of the day:  Instead, let’s talk about the “subject” of the day.  I bet you thought I was going to write a lesson on Kashrut (kosher food laws).  After all, there is plenty in the reading for today about eating and not eating and how we respond the people who do and people who don’t.  Well I’m not.  I do want to write about a phrase in Yeshua’s teaching from Luke 14, “Count the cost.”

At the conclusion of His teaching on the importance of counting the cost, Yeshua makes the point in Luke 14:33 So in the same way, whoever does not renounce all that he has, cannot be My disciple.  This means we must put Yeshua first in all things.

Someone said to me once, “If you want to be a believer and follow Messiah, I guess that’s okay; but do you have to be such a fanatic about it?”  Actually, yes, I do have to be a fanatic about my relationship with the King of kings.  

In today’s reading, we find this verse… Romans 14:8 For if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.  This means we love our relationship with Yeshua more than our own life.  You can’t buy a relationship with Yeshua, but you can own it.  Because you can’t buy it, it costs us nothing.  It is by grace….   

And at the same time, it cost Yeshua everything everything because nothing has value without this relationship.  And it is a possession that rust will never corrupt, nor can any man, government, or man made thing take it away.  You own it, yet you are not your own.  

1 Corinthians 6:19 Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Ruach ha-Kodesh who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.