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October 26, 2005


Wow... what a reading.

Yeshua amazes me. I have a few things that really popped out at me today from the scriptures- most of them from John 5.

John 5:27 (NIV) says "And he (God) has given him (Yeshua) authority to judge because he (Yeshua) is the Son of Man."

This scripture makes me think of something Rabbi David said at the Torah service last Saturday morning. To paraphrase what David said (correct me if I'm wrong, David)... the Lord convicted him of judging another person because David was being an "unjust judge". The Lord told David that the reason he was an unjust judge was because David was comparing his "best" to the other person's "worst". To be fair, David would need to compare his "worst" to the other person's "worst"... this kind of put things into perspective for David and cause him to repent. (If I messed this up David, please correct me). This scripture tells us that God gave the authority to judge men to Yeshua "because He is the Son of Man". God understood that it would be unjust for Him (as a holy and flawless God) to judge men unless He, Himself were a man. So, he delegates the authority to judge men to the "Man" of the trinity- Yeshua. Yeshua, then judges us as a man judging men. ("men/women" used interchangeably, of course). Yes, Yeshua was holy and flawless, just as God the Father is, but the point I'm making is that God's holy justice made sure that men were judged by a Man- someone who is familiar with our trials and temptations and weaknesses. Someone who has gone through the fire of rejection, persecution, and temptation- and come out victorious.

What tremendous mercy.

The second "eye-popper" is found in John 5:45-47 (NIV) Yeshua says to those who are condemning him for healing on the Sabbath- "But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"

I think this statement by Yeshua stung more than His whip in the temple courtyard when he was chasing the merchants out. I can't imagine what must have been going through the Jewish authorities heads when they heard someone say that Moses is their accuser!

What do you think Yeshua meant by that?

I look forward to hearing your responses.


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