Sunday, March 9, 2014

Not ashamed

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the Besorah: it is the power of hwhy for salvation to -everyone who has /ma a’men, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness of hwhy is revealed through /ma a’men for /ma a’men; as it is written,
"He who through /ma a’men is righteous shall live." (Habakkuk 2:4)

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (Letter to the Romans, 1:16-17)

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Why would Paul even bring up "not being ashamed"?
Apparently there was an attitude in the age following the Hasmoneans (Maccabees) to do public mitzvoth (works of Torah/Law). To be pious in the eyes of your community was a matter of pride and diligent work. To not make an effort to do the "things" that proclaim we are righteous seems to open a person up to scorn. 

To "rest" in what Y'shua (Jesus) did for you is a game changer in the religious world. My focus changes to pleasing YHVH instead of "minding my public witness" FREEDOM. Why am I not ashamed of the Besorah (Gospel)? Because my devotion is to Abba (my heavenly father) who sees in secret. And what does he see when he looks my way? The covenant blood of Y'shua, my Salvation, who set me free from the burden of sin and the need to prove I am who I say I am. He proved it, I rest in it.

Note: learning the heritage of Abraham the Hebrew, I use the phrases I am learning instead of the Greek-English when I can. Please do not be frustrated, ask questions if you have them. Deb

Originally posted on FaceBook by Mrs. Hagerty, January 16, 2014