Simcha Torah Meditation– Joy of Torah: For Adonai will carry out His word upon the earth

romans-94Romans 9 Tree of Life Version (TLV) The Role of Israel
I tell the truth in Messiah—I do not lie, my conscience assuring me in the Ruach ha-Kodesh— 2 that my sorrow is great and the anguish in my heart unending. 3 For I would pray that I myself were cursed, banished from Messiah for the sake of my people—my own flesh and blood, [a] 4 who are Israelites. To them belong the adoption[b] and the glory[c] and the covenants and the giving of the Torah[d] and the Temple service[e] and the promises. 5 To them belong the patriarchs—and from them, according to the flesh, the Messiah, who is over all, God, blessed forever. Amen.

6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all those who are descended from Israel are Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s seed; rather, “Your seed shall be called through Isaac.” [f] 8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God; rather, the children of the promise are counted as seed. 9 For the word of promise is this: “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.” [g] 10 And not only this, but also Rebecca having twins, from one act with our father Isaac. 11 Yet before the sons were even born and had not done anything good or bad—so that God’s purpose and choice might stand not because of works but because of Him who calls— 12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” [h] 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”[i]

14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15 For to Moses He says, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”[j]

16 So then it does not depend on the one who wills or the one who strives, but on God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up—to demonstrate My power in you, so My name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” [k] 18 So then He has mercy on whom He wills, and He hardens whom He wills.

19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 But who in the world are you, O man, who talks back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” [l] 21 Does the potter have no right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honor and another for common use? 22 Now what if God, willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath designed for destruction? 23 And what if He did so to make known the riches of His glory on vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory?

24 Even us He called—not only from the Jewish people, but also from the Gentiles— 25 as He says also in Hosea, “I will call those who were not My people,
‘My people,’
and her who was not loved,
‘Beloved.’
26 And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them,
‘You are not My people,’
there they shall be called sons of the living God.”[m]
27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel,

“Though the number of B’nei-Israel be as the sand of the sea,
only the remnant shall be saved.
28 For Adonai will carry out His word upon the earth,
bringing it to an end and finishing quickly.”[n]
29 And just as Isaiah foretold, “Unless Adonai-Tzva’ot had left us seed,
we would have become like Sodom and
resembled Gomorrah.”[o]
30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness—that is, a righteousness of faith. 31 But Israel, who pursued a Torah of righteousness, did not reach the Torah. 32 Why? Because they pursued it not by faith, but as if it were from works. They stumbled over the stone of stumbling, 33 just as it is written,

“Behold, I lay in Zion
a stone of stumbling
and a rock of offense,
and whoever believes in Him
shall not be put to shame.”[p]

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 9:4 Lit. my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.
  2. Romans 9:4 cf. Exod. 4:22; Hos 11:1.
  3. Romans 9:4 cf. Exod. 40:34; 1 Kin. 8:11; Ezek. 1:28.
  4. Romans 9:4 cf. Deut. 4:13-14.
  5. Romans 9:4 Heb. avodah; cf. Deut. 7:6; Josh. 22:27; 1 Chr. 28:13.
  6. Romans 9:8 Gen. 21:12(LXX).
  7. Romans 9:10 Gen. 18:10, 14.
  8. Romans 9:13 Gen. 25:23.
  9. Romans 9:13 Mal. 1:2-3.
  10. Romans 9:15 Exod. 33:19.
  11. Romans 9:18 Exod. 9:16.
  12. Romans 9:21 Isa. 29:16(LXX); 45:9.
  13. Romans 9:26 Hos. 2:23; 1:10(2:1 LXX).
  14. Romans 9:28 cf. Isa. 10:22-23.
  15. Romans 9:29 Isa. 1:9.
  16. Romans 9:33 Isa. 28:16.

John 9 Tree of Life Version (TLV) Bringing Light to the Blind
As Yeshua was passing by, He saw a man who had been blind since birth. 2 His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?”

3 Yeshua answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. This happened so that the works of God might be brought to light in him. 4 We must do the work of the One who sent Me, so long as it is day! Night is coming when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

6 Having said these things, He spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud on the blind man’s eyes. 7 He told him, “Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam” (which is translated Sent). So he went away, washed, and came back seeing.

8 Therefore his neighbors and those who had seen him as a beggar kept saying, “Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?”

9 “This is the one!” some said.

“No, but it looks like him,” said others.

But the man himself kept saying, “I am!”

10 So they asked him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”

11 He answered, “The Man who is called Yeshua made mud, rubbed it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went away and washed, and then I received my sight!”

12 “Where is He?” they asked him.

“I don’t know,” he said.

13 They bring to the Pharisees the man who once was blind. 14 Now the day was Shabbat when Yeshua made the mud and opened the man’s eyes. 15 So again the Pharisees were asking him how he received his sight. He responded, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see!”

16 So some of the Pharisees began saying, “This man isn’t from God, because He doesn’t keep Shabbat!” But others were saying, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So there was a split among them.

17 Again they say to the blind man, “What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?”

And he said, “He’s a prophet.”

18 So the Judean leaders didn’t believe that he had been blind and received his sight until they called his parents. 19 They questioned them, “Is this your son, whom you say was born blind? Then how does he see now?”

20 Then his parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 We don’t know how he now sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him—he’s old enough. He will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Judean leaders. For the Judean leaders had already agreed that anyone who professed Yeshua to be Messiah would be thrown out of the synagogue. 23 That’s why his parents said, “He’s old enough—ask him.”

24 So a second time they called the man who had been blind and said, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner!”

25 The man replied, “I don’t know whether He’s a sinner. One thing I do know is that I was blind, but now I see!”

26 So they asked him, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”

27 “I told you already and you didn’t listen!” the man responded. “What, do you want to hear it again? You don’t want to become His disciples too, do you?”

28 They railed at him and said, “You’re a disciple of that One, but we’re disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses; but as for this fellow, we don’t know where He is from.”

30 The man replied to them, “That’s amazing! You don’t know where He is from, yet He opened my eyes! 31 We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners; but if anyone fears Him and does His will, He hears this one. 32 Since the beginning of the world, no one has ever heard that anyone has opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, He couldn’t do anything.”

34 They replied to him, “You were born completely in sin, and you’re teaching us?” And they threw him out.

Is Seeing Believing?
35 Yeshua heard that they had thrown him out. Finding him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”[a]

36 The man answered, “Who is He, Sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in Him!”

37 Yeshua said, “You have seen Him—He is the One speaking with you.”

38 He said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.

39 Yeshua said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who don’t see may see, and the ones who do see may become blind.”

40 Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard Him say this and asked, “We’re not blind too, are we?”

41 Yeshua said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin. But now you say, ‘We see.’ So your sin remains.”

Footnotes:

  1. John 9:35 Some mss. say the Son of God (Ben-Elohim).
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