“A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” (Proverbs 12:10)
The bride is revealed through her compassion and kindness, especially towards animals, the weak and defenseless in life and by diligence and willingness to ‘go the extra mile.’
Rivkah’s outward physical beauty reflects her inner beauty and character. It’s this gentle and quiet spirit that is precious in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:4).
Rivkah also reveals that she is the one by her willingness to follow Abraham’s servant out of Babylon into unknown territory in order to marry Isaac.
She is asked, “Will you go with this man?” She answers, “I will go.”
Rivkah doesn’t shrink back in fear, but she is bold and courageous. She strives to bring comfort to others by her love and good character.
Each disciple of Yeshua must decide within his or her own heart whether they are willing to follow the Messiah and submit to going where the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) leads them on a daily basis.
Sometimes the Holy Spirit will take us out of our comfort zone, our familiar home, and ask us to follow Him to a place that He will show us.
We don’t always see the whole plan or the big picture, and that can be scary.
But remember, we don’t travel alone. God promises to be with us wherever we go; He upholds us and He will never leave or forsake us.
We must strive to embody Rivkah’s diligence, servant heart, beauty, purity, willingness, kindness, courage and faith, in order to be the Bride of Messiah that the Lord is waiting for.
Lives That Count
“The end of a matter is better than its beginning.” (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
For the Jewish People, the day of one’s death is more significant than the day of one’s birth.
We remember the anniversary of a loved one’s death with a candle being lit and special prayers recited about the holiness of God called Kaddish.
While Kaddish is commonly called the “mourners prayer,” the words are not actually about death or mourning. Instead, they are a public proclamation of God’s greatness. Even in the anguish of the loss of a loved one, we can rise above our circumstances by offering praise to God for who He is.
When we are born, our whole life lies ahead of us like blank pages in a book. But when we die, the story of our lives has been written and comes to a conclusion.
At death, we see whether or not our lives counted for anything.
It’s interesting to realize that while we know the time of Yeshua’s death (Pesach/ Passover), we cannot be sure of the time of His birth. This issue has been the source of some controversy.
While most Christians celebrate Yeshua’s (Jesus) birthday as December 25th, many Biblical scholars place the time of Yeshua’s birth in the fall, probably at Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles).
Leaving a Legacy
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:5–16)
Abraham and Sarah’s lives exemplified love and devotion to God, for one another and for their neighbor.
King David’s life exemplified the love of God, submitted ambition, and so much more.
The stories of the passing of Sarah, Abraham and David should cause us to carefully consider our own lives.
What will we leave as a legacy? Each of us wants to know that we’ve made a difference in some way, and that our life has counted for something positive and good.
Nevertheless, all too often, we get so caught up in the myriad cares and concerns of everyday life that we fail to ponder whether we are fulfilling our God-given destiny. Are we living intentionally and with purpose?
Life is not a dress rehearsal. We should make the most of the gift of life every single day.
But we mustn’t fail to have balance, either. Some of us live empty, unsatisfying lives without direction or focus, and completely miss fulfilling our God-given destiny.
Others are so goal and achievement-oriented that they miss that which is truly most important–loving God and loving people.
Whatever we do during our lifetime, may it bring honor and glory to God and His Kingdom.
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