Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Question of the day: I see a pattern forming. I'm sure it's not intentional. And I haven't yet said if it is a good thing or not. I'm not sure how, but it's neither good nor bad, it just is. Alright, what is it already? Thank you for asking. I'll tell you now.
It seems like the last verse (or nearly the last verse) of every Bible reading at the moment makes the greatest impact within me, so that it becomes my question of the day. Here is Luke 9:62.
Luke 10:62 "But Yeshua said to him, "No one who has put his hand to the plow and looked back is fit for the kingdom of God.""
The question of the day then is, "Can we drive by looking in the rear view mirror?"
Answer: This would fall into the category of "risky behavior". When we drive (don't miss the metaphor here) our lives, we've got to have eyes 360. We must obviously look forward, but at no time can we ignore what is going on all around us.
Yeshua's analogy of "plowing forward" is in response to His simple command, "Follow me." Two young men had answers that sounded like, "Yes ... but." Any answer other than "Yes and amen" is evil.
Matthew 5:37 "But let your word 'Yes' be 'Yes' and your 'No,' 'No' - anything more than this is from the evil one."
Let nothing come between you and your Lord.
Rabbi Trail: Please pause here ... no, really pause. Ask yourself this question from the Bible. Romans 8:35a "Who shall separate us from the love of Messiah?" Inspect your life. Is there anything or anyone separating you from the love of Yeshua?
This question in Romans 8:35 immediately follows another question in Romans 8:34a "Who is the one who condemns?" Satan places obstacles before us in an effort to discredit God. Sometimes Satan even uses our own attitudes against us. Of those, being offended is chief. Don't become offended, that's prideful. Thinking to yourself, "I deserve better than that" is a classic definition of pride. And we know what happens to the prideful.
Let's go back to Yeshua's two word command. "Follow me." Let's make this personal commitment, "Nothing will stand in my way."
Rabbi Michael Weiner,