Day 10

 

The Scripture

For you know the grace of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah—that even though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that through His poverty you might become rich.  – 2 Cor 8:9

 

Heart Thoughts

When Israel was in the desert the deliverance out of Egypt was the event that shaped the thinking of every man, woman and child from generation to generation.  When we were asked, “Why do you keep the Shabbat?” We would say that our God delivered us from Egypt and gave us rest (Deut 5:12-15). When asked why we for the poor, widows, orphans and immigrants we would answer that we also were strangers in Egypt (Deut 10:19). When people asked if we were scared we would answer “no, look what our God did to Pharaoh in Egypt” (Deut 7:18). The might deliverance of our people out of Egypt was the event that shaped the motivation core of our being. It was the reason for our courage, compassion, kindness and generosity.

Rabbi Paul says that the total and complete work of the Messiah has now become the new gravitational center of our hearts.  He in essence says that the total work of the Messiah should become the paradigm for how we think about everything. He says that we should consider the wealth he had before he came to earth. Consider that Yeshua was on a throne made of pure precious stone, streets made of gold, walls lined with precious stones and the ability to sale a thousand cattle on a thousand hills. He had the wealth of heaven at his disposal. He gave all that up to become poor. Born to a poor family. Lived in a small, poor town of no real nobility. He was not among the rich and famous in his life. At the end of his life he was so poor that he rode into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey, to eat dinner in a borrowed room, to be betrayed and have roman soldiers gamble over his only garment so he could be buried in a borrowed tomb. The wealthiest ruler in the universe spent his last hours on earth on a borrowed donkey, borrowed room and borrowed tomb.

Rabbi Paul says that Yeshua did this so that you could inherit a salvation you could not earn or buy or work hard enough to obtain.  We were given the wealth of heaven at Messiah’s expense.  If that has touched your heart then Rabbi Paul says that is the motivational fuel for everything including your generosity.  You are already rich with the treasure of Messiah’s salvation, the promise of the future kingdom and participation in His ruler-ship. If that is what you already have then how can you not be generous?

Prayer

May the Heavenly Father reveal to you the depths and riches of Messiah’s value to you. May He show you just how rich Yeshua was, how poor he became so that you might have the wealth of heaven.

For the Feed

Rabbi Paul says that Yeshua did this so that you could inherit a salvation you could not earn or buy or work hard enough to obtain.  We were given the wealth of heaven at Messiah’s expense.  If that has touched your heart then Rabbi Paul says that is the motivational fuel for everything including your generosity.  You are already rich with the treasure of Messiah’s salvation, the promise of the future kingdom and participation in His ruler-ship. If that is what you already have then how can you not be generous?