Thursday, 1 November 2018
Deliverence past and future
Question of the Day: We find this phrase at the end of 1 Thessalonians 1:10 "Yeshua, the One delivering us from the coming wrath." Why did Paul choose those words?
Answer: Good question Rabbi. He could have chosen any words to describe or magnify the name of Yeshua. After all, Yeshua is our loving Lord. We are all under His divine command. None of that sounds like wrath. Yes, but ... Yeshua is also our deliverer.
We tend to think in terms of what we have been delivered from (in our past), but Paul is stating here at the end of 1 Thessalonians 1 what we have been delivered from (in our future). Let's not forget that.
We were born into a certain guilty verdict. Don't forget ...
Jacob 2:10 "For whoever keeps the whole Torah but stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all."
Our guilt sets our feet on the path of destruction. Paul refers to that coming destruction as "coming wrath." In the order of the books of the New Testament we have Jacob (James) and immediately preceding Jacob is Hebrews.
Hebrews 10:30-31 "For we know the One who said, 'Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,' and again, 'Adonai will judge His people.' It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God."
Our advocate before the Father is Yeshua, who has called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light (Isaiah 9:2 and Matthew 4:16). We should rejoice daily that we have been delivered from the coming wrath. Point, set, match.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,