Food For Thought
Unless otherwise indicated, the collection of scriptures found in Food for Thought are quoted from the Tanakh, The Holy Scriptures (The Old Testament) pub. by, the Jewish Publication Society, New York, 1988; and the Jewish New Testament, translated by David H. Stern, pub. by Jewish New Testament Publications, Clarksville, MD, 1994.
~ Meditations ~
~ From the Word of God ~
(Meditations are meant to be
~ Living At Peace ~
~ Amid Strife ~
"Dear friends, dont regard as strange the fiery ordeal
occurring among you to test you, as if something extraordinary
were happening to you. Rather, to the extent that you share the
fellowship of the Messiahs sufferings, rejoice; so that you
will rejoice even more when his Shkhinah (the manifest
glorious presence of God) is revealed. If you are being insulted
because you bear the name of the Messiah, how blessed you are!
For the Spirit of the Shkhinah, that is, the Spirit of God,
is resting on you! Let none of you suffer for being a murderer or
a thief or an evildoer or a meddler in other peoples
affairs. But if anyone suffers for being Messianic, let him not
be ashamed; but let him bring glory to God by the way he bears
this name. For the time has come for the judgment to begin. It
begins with the household of God; and if it starts with us, what
will the outcome be for those who are disobeying Gods Good
If the righteous is barely delivered,
where will the ungodly and sinful end up? *
"So let those who are suffering according to Gods will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator by continuing to do what is good.
(I Peter 4:12-19, *Prov 11:31)
"Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residents
not to give in to the desires of your old nature, which keep
warring against you; but to live such good lives among the pagans
that even though they now speak against you as evil-doers, they
will, as a result of seeing your good actions, give glory to God
on the Day of his coming. For the sake of the Lord, submit
yourselves to every human authority -- whether to the emperor as
being supreme, or to governors as being sent by him to punish
wrongdoers and praise those who do what is good. For it is
Gods will that your doing good should silence the ignorant
talk of foolish people. Submit as people who are free, but not
letting your freedom serve as an excuse for evil; rather, submit
as Gods slaves. Be respectful to all -- keep loving the
brotherhood, fearing God and honoring the emperor.
"Household servants, submit yourselves to your masters, showing them full respect--and not only those who are kind and considerate, but also those who are harsh. For it is a grace when someone, because he is mindful of God, bears up under the pain of undeserved punishment. For what credit is there in bearing up under a beating you deserve for doing something wrong? But if you bear up under punishment, even though you have done what is right, God looks on it with favor. Indeed, this is what you were called to; because the Messiah too suffered, on your behalf, leaving an example so that you should follow in his steps.
He committed no sin,
nor was any deceit found on his *
"When he was insulted, he didnt retaliate with insults; when he suffered he didnt threaten, but handed them over to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the stake, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness -- by his wounds you were healed. For you used to be like sheep gone astray, but now you have turned to the Shepherd who watches over you."
(I Peter 2:11-25, *Isa 53:9)
Yeshua said: "You are light for the world. A town
built on a hill cannot be hidden. Likewise, when people light a
lamp, they dont cover it with a bowl, but put it on a
lampstand, so that it shines for everyone in the house. In the
same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may
see the good things you do and praise your Father in
(Mt. 5:14-1 6)
"How blessed you are when people insult you and
persecute you and tell all kinds of vicious lies about you
because you follow me! Rejoice, be glad, because your reward in
heaven is great -- they persecuted the prophets before you in the
"Do not fear those who kill the body but are powerless
to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and
body in Gey-Hinnom. Arent sparrows sold for next to
nothing, two for an assarion? Yet not one of them will fall to
the ground without your Fathers consent. As for you, every
hair on your head has been counted. So do not be afraid, you are
worth more than many sparrows.
It is written:
"Do not be vexed by evil men;
do not be incensed by wrongdoers;
"Give up anger, abandon fury,
do not be vexed;
it can only do harm.
For evil men will be cut off,
but those who look to the LORD --
they shall inherit the land.
A little longer and there will be no wicked man;
you will look at where he was --
he will be gone.
Therefore, "Leave all to the LORD;
trust in Him; He will do it.
He will cause your vindication to shine forth like the light,
the justice of your case, like the noonday sun.
(Ps. 37:1a, 8-10, 5-6)
Yeshua said: "Pray for those who persecute you! Then
you will become children of your Father in heaven. For he makes
his sun shine on good and bad people alike, and he sends rain to
the righteous and the unrighteous alike. What reward do you get
if you love only those who love you? Why, even tax-collectors do
that! And if you are friendly only to your friends, are you doing
anything out of the ordinary? Even the Goyim (pagans) do that!
Therefore, be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is
"For the Messiah himself died for sins, once and for all, a
righteous person on behalf of unrighteous people, so that he
might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but
brought to life by the Spirit; and in this form he went and made
a proclamation to the imprisoned spirits, to those who were
disobedient long ago, in the days of Noach, when God waited
patiently during the building of the ark, in which a few people
-- to be specific, eight --were delivered by means of water. This
also prefigures what delivers us now, the water of immersion,
which is not the removal of dirt from the body, but ones
pledge to keep a good conscience toward God, through the
resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah. He has gone into heaven and
is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities and powers
subject to him.
"Therefore, since the Messiah suffered physically, you too are to arm yourselves with the same attitude. For whoever has suffered physically is finished with sin, with the result that he lives the rest of his earthly life no longer controlled by human desires, but by Gods will. For you have spent enough time already living the way the pagans want you to live -- in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, wild parties and forbidden idol-worship. They think it strange that you dont plunge with them into the same flood of dissoluteness, and so they heap insults on you. But they will have to give an account to him who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. This is why he was proclaimed to those who have died; it was so that, although physically they would receive the judgment common to all humanity, they might live by the Spirit in the way that God has provided."
(I Peter 3:18-4:6)
"For none of us lives only in relation to himself, and none
of us dies only in relation to himself; for if we live, we live
in relation to the Lord; and if we die, we die in relation to the
Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord -- indeed,
it was for this very reason that the Messiah died and came back
to life, so that he might he Lord of both the dead and the
"The accomplishing of the goal of all things is close at
hand. Therefore keep alert and self-controlled, so that you can
pray. More than anything, keep loving each other actively;
because love covers many sins. Welcome one another into your
homes without grumbling. As each one has received some spiritual
gift, he should use it to serve others, like good managers of
Gods many-sided grace -- if someone speaks, et him speak God's
words; if someone serves, let him do so out of strength that God
supplies; so that in everything God may be glorified through
Yeshua the Messiah -- to him be glory and power forever and ever.
"Greet each other with a kiss of love.
Shalom aleikhem! to all who belong to the Messiah.
(I Peter 4:7-11, 5:14)
~ Excerpts from
Psalm 119 ~