Parable #8. Servants be watchful:
- Today is Day #8
- The Eighth Mashal of Messiah
- A question joins the eighth and ninth meshalim of Messiah together
- Prophetic Teaching
- Harsh Criticism from the Messiah for the Religious Leaders
- Eight Woes directed at the Unfaithful Rabbinate
- Lament over Jerusalem
Today is Day#8:
1. Today is “Day #8” in the forty-nine day Countdown to Shavuot.
2. Today is eight days which are one week and one day of the Omer.
.היום שמונה ימים, שהם שבוע אחד ויום אחד בעומר
Haiyom shmonah yamim, shehaym shavuah echad ba’omer.
“You shall count for yourselves — from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving — seven Shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days.” (Leviticus). “You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks. Then you will observe the Festival of Shavu’ot for Adonai Eloheinu.” (Deuteronomy).
“Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.”
ברוך אתה, אדוני אלוהינו, מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וצוונו על ספירת העומר.פ
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sefirat ha’omer.
The Eighth Mashal of Messiah:
מָתְנֵיכֶם יִהְיוּ חֲגוּרִים וְהַנֵּרוֹת דֹּלְקִים׃ וְאַתֶּם הֱיוּ דֹמִים לָאֲנָשִׁים הַמְחַכִּים לָאֲדֹנֵיהֶם מָתַי יָשׁוּב מִן־הַחֲתֻנָּה וְכַאֲשֶׁר יָבוֹא וְדָפַק יִפְתְּחוּ־לוֹ כְּרָגַע׃ אַשְׁרֵי הָעֲבָדִים הָהֵם אֲשֶׁר הָאָדוֹן בְּבוֹאוֹ יִמְצָאֵם שֹׁקְדִים אָמֵן אֹמֵר אֲנִי לָכֶם כִּי יִתְאַזֵּר וְיוֹשִׁיבֵם וְהָלַךְ וְשֵׁרֵת אוֹתָם׃ וְאִם־יָבוֹא בָּאַשְׁמֻרָה הַשֵּׁנִית אוֹ בָּאַשְׁמֻרָה הַשְּׁלִישִׁית וְיִמְצָא כֵן אַשְׁרֵי הָעֲבָדִים הָהֵם׃ וְזֹאת דְּעוּ כִּי אִלּוּ יָדַע בַּעַל הַבַּיִת בְּאֵי־זוֹ שָׁעָה יָבוֹא הַגַּנָּב כִּי־עַתָּה שָׁקַד וְלֹא־נָתַן לַחְתֹּר אֶת־בֵּיתוֹ׃ לָכֵן גַּם־אַתֶּם הֱיוּ נְכוֹנִים כִּי בְשָׁעָה אֲשֶׁר לֹא פִלַּלְתֶּם יָבוֹא בֶּן־הָאָדָם׃
“Have a belt on your waist and let your lamps be lit. As for yourselves, be like men who are waiting for the time that their master returns from the wedding. When he comes and knocks, they open for him instantly. O, the gladness of those servants whom the master finds watching when he enters! Amen, I say to you that he will gird himself and seat them and go in. And if he comes at the second watch or at the third watch and finds it to be so—O, the gladness of those servants! And know this: if the owner of the house knew what hour the thief would come, at that time he would watch and not let him break into his house. Therefore, you also be ready, because the Son of Man will come in the hour that you do not expect.”
A question joins the eighth and ninth meshalim together:
The eighth and ninth meshalim (משלים) of the Messiah are joined together by a question, Who is Messiah’s teaching of these two parables directed at? Just Messiah’s talmidim? or Everybody in Israel?” The answer is neither. Rabbi Yeshua is specifically directing the teaching of the 8th and 9th parables at all of the religious rulers of Israel (yesterday, today and tomorrow). Like the Rich Fool described in the previous parable (the 7th Parable of Messiah), the privileged religious leaders of Rabbi Yeshua’s day were unfaithful in their stewardship to Adonai. The faithful Individual Servant of the family of Israel is letting the unfaithful National Servant(s) of Israel know (in the 8th and 9th meshalim) that there will one day be an accounting to Adonai for their conduct as His trusted servants.
Messiah, who is the trusted and faithful (נאמן ויאשאר-ne’eman v’yashar) assigned witness (האד הנאמן-Ha’ed Ha-Ne’eman) and Head of the Assembly (ראש העדה-Rosh Ha’edah), is openly warning these (first century) religious leaders that even though He will be leaving the earthly scene for a long-time He will return later at a time that they (and their rabbinic successors) will not know. Then there will be a supernatural accounting for all of the assigned leaders’ conduct during His long-time of physical absence (here on earth).
First, the teaching of Messiah is prophetic. At the time this teaching was delivered the Messiah had not yet explicitly revealed that He would have to die on the accursed tree, be resurrected, and ascend into heaven. And yet He is already supernaturally talking about what will occur long after He dies, is raised from the dead, and ascends up into heaven.
Second, the Messiah is actually describing what it will be like—over two millennia after He taught the two prophetic parables—when in our 21st Century He is going to gloriously return to Israel from heaven.
Third, this time, however, the Mashiach is warning Adonai’s religious leaders that He (Yeshua Ha-Mashiach) will not return as the meek, lowly Suffering Servant (Messiah Ben Joseph). He will return as the Conquering King, the Messiah Ben David. He will return as the Faithful firstborn Rich & Powerful Son of Israel who is the Divinely appointed ruler over all of the heavenly and earthly treasures of the G-d of Heaven (Elah Shemaiya).
Fourth, as the Image of the Invisible G-d (צלם של האלהים הבלתי נראה) His is appointed Heir of all things and Head of all things, the Messiah is putting all of the religious leaders of Israel on notice that going forward there will come a day when He will return. Then there will be an accounting:
There will be an accounting to the Master of the House.
All the religious leaders will account for their conduct. This will not be a natural accounting. In this supernatural accounting every word and deed that has been said and done in secret will be brought out into the open to be examined by the light of Messiah’s all-knowing goodness, righteousness and truth (His seven eyes). He will remove the iniquity of the Land of Israel in one day (Zechariah 3:9): “For behold, the Stone that I have set before Joshua (Yeshua, the Salvation of Adonai); on one Stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave an inscription on it, declares the Adonai Tzevaot, and I will remove the iniquity of that land (of Israel) in one day.”
Fifth, upon the Messiah’s triumphant return to Israel every religious leader of Israel from the past to the present will give an account to the Master of the works they did (both in secret and in public). The warning of the Master is true: The Household servants will all be judged. Some will be resurrected from the dead and allowed to enter into the glorious Golden Age of the messianic kingdom when the Messiah returns to Israel a second time. Others will not!
Sixth, the Messiah of Israel, who is the Ruler over all the House of Adonai, is warning anyone who has ears to hear (to hear, understand, and obey) people get ready because the Son of Man will come at a time when you will not be expecting Him. Although this warning is mainly directed at the religious leaders it also (secondarily) applies to the political and business leaders of the nation. Most of this far-seeing prophetic warning is directed at the Prushim rabbinate and its successive orthodox rabbinates who are still (unlawfully) attempting to rule over all of the House of Israel. The word Rabbi is very much akin in meaning to the word “Teacher.” Therefore, it is a true saying:
אַחַי, אַל יִהְיוּ רַבִּים מִכֶּם לְמוֹרִים, שֶׁהֲרֵי יְדַעְתֶּם כִּי עָלֵינוּ יִהְיֶה הַדִּין חָמוּר יוֹתֵר.פ
“Let not many of you become teachers (רַבִּים-rabbis), my brethren [in the epi-synagogue: the assembling of ourselves together for teaching, reproof, correction, training in righteousness] knowing that as such we (they) will incur a greater condemnation (a stricter judgment).
Seventh, this (eighth) mashal of the Messiah describes a scene where several of His servants are waiting for Him to return from a wedding banquet. The servants were left with specific instructions to remain constantly vigilant so that the Master could come into His House at whatever time He might arrive.
Eighth, “Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third (watch), and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.” If the servants are faithfully “watching” and “ready” for His return their Master will “bless” them. The second watch was from 9 P.M. to midnight and the third watch was from midnight to 3 A.M.
Know this: if the Head of the House had known what hour the thief was coming, he would not allow his House to be broken into.
Tenth, in the future there will be a third Temple built in Jerusalem. When there are priests and Levites serving in this future Temple they will be insulting the Spirit of Grace (רוח החסד) by their disregarding the once-in-eternity sacrifice of the Messiah. Messiah’s prophecy here is specifically directed at the surprise of these past and future priests and Levites when—the Judge of the Living and the Dead (השופט החיים והמתים-Shofet haChayim v’hametim) returns from heaven and visits judgment upon all His people (past and present; living and dead).
Eleventh, the main point of Messiah’s words about the thief is that the servants of the Master must be ready for His return because the coming of the Son of Man will be unexpected. The incredible span of time between Messiah’s first and second appearance on earth will definitely cause the contemporary rabbinates of Israel to continue in their belief that Rabbi Yeshua is not the Deliverer (HaPalat) Moses had promised would come to Israel as the new and final Lawgiver.
Twelfth, in addition to the past and future spiritual ignorance of the priests and Levites, the rabbis (teachers) of Israel past and present will believe of a certainty that their rejection of the Messiah was just and right. Yet, to these men’s great surprise, the Messiah will return. Judgment will come to these thieves who have taken over the House of Israel whose valid institutions are limited to the three offices of prophet, priest and King. The Bramble Bush is a thief and a robber.
The Bramble Bush rabbis have usurped the authority of the Messiah our King and has substituted the prophets and the priests with their own ever-growing (like cancer) phony oral Law (the traditions of men). Judgment has already come to the priesthood. Messiah knew when He taught these His 8th and 9th meshalim that the holy city of Jerusalem would (Nisan14-15, 70 CE) forty years from the day of His atoning death (Nisan 14-15, 30 CE) be put under siege and the Temple would be destroyed.
Our Messiah knew in advance He would be rejected by our people. Then we (Am Israel) would be scattered to the four winds. But He also knew that one day, far into the future from our perspective (not His) that the nation and people of Israel would begin to be restored. The Messiah clearly and accurately prophesied of all of these things before His death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. The Messiah also knew in advance what the extreme resistance of the Prushim rabbinate and and their successors would be. Therefore, He knew this lack of belief among the rabbis and resistance to His messiahship would continue right up to the time of His Return!
“The scribes and the Prushim Separated Ones (the elitist ultra-orthodox movement) have seated themselves in the chair (throne) of Moses (הסופרים והפרושים יושבים על כסא משה). Do not do according to their deeds: for they say things and do not do them:”
Judgment #1. The rabbis tie up heavy loads and lay them on men’s shoulders, yet they are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.
Judgment #2. They do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments.
Judgment #3. They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the Synagogues, and respectful greetings.
Judgment #4. But no one should (love to) be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher (the Spirit of Adonai) and you are all brothers.
Judgment #5. Do not call anyone on earth your Father (in the ultimate sense); for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.
Judgment #6. Do not (love to) be called leaders; for one is your leader, that is, the Mashiach.
Judgment #7. But the greatest among you shall be your servant.
Judgment #8. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
The Messiah is saying the authority of the Jewish religious leaders is to be recognized. The rabbis do legitimately sit in the Seat of Moses. They are chosen to teach the Law and they are being “tested.” However, their hypocritical practices should never be followed. Lawlessness (pride) can turn these servants into thieves.
The ultra-orthodox rabbis have historically placed heavy burdens on our people but they have not been righteous themselves. Chief among the many failures of the past has been their complete disrespect and rebellion against the leadership of the Messiah; and thereby their rebellion against Adonai. Messiah had said that all that they have done, they have done for show. All that they have done is to (secretly) feed their personal vanity. There is no true humility of the heart. There is only the practice of the ‘hidden pride’ of Self. Their phylacteries, small leather pouches containing strips of parchment with Torah verses (cf. Exodus 13:9,16; Deuteronomy 6:8; 11:18) that are tied to our left arms and foreheads, are made wide and the tassels of their prayer shawls are lengthened (made conspicuously long). Our elite religious leaders do these things to be seen, admired, and respected by others (they steal G-d’s glory).
Even to this day the modern successors of the ancient Prushim rabbinate love their places of honor; rather than loving the honor of serving others. Fortunately, there is forgiveness for all of these sins today; otherwise all of us would be judged (G-d forgive me a sinner, saved only by your chesed; faithful, loving-kindness). If only these men too will do Teshuvah and humbly return to the Spirit of the Holy One who is Avi Yeshua Hamashiach Adoneinu. Therefore, it is written: “Blessed (Ashrei) are those slaves whom the Master (Ha-Mashiach) will find on the alert when he comes [to Israel a second time]; Amen I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.” If only these rich, influential and powerful Yehudim would turn away from their self-importance and become faithful servants of the Mashiach while He is (physically) away from His Household. Then when He returns He will reward them with His Service.
אַ֭שְׁרֵי יוֹשְׁבֵ֣י בֵיתֶ֑ךָ בע֝֗וֹד יְֽהַלְל֥וּךָ סֶּֽלָה׃
Ashrei yoshvei veitecha, v’od y’hallelucha! selah.
The “service” of the Messiah to His faithful servants is the blessedness of our one day being transformed into His exact likeness and as sons of glory our triumphantly returning to Eretz Israel with the resurrected Patriarchs and other holy ones to serve the children of Israel and to give hospitality to all of the Gentile nations and peoples of the world during the Golden Age of the Messiah. His future supernatural rule over all the nations, peoples and families of the earth. In that day the Ashrei (promised state of blessedness) will truly be fulfilled (cf. Psalms 1, 2, 84; 115; 144 & 145).
Happy are they who dwell in Your House; they will praise You, always! (pause and really think about this):
Eight Woes directed by Messiah at the Unfaithful Rabbinate:
“Woe to you, scribes and Separated Ones (Prushim), hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”
“Woe to you, scribes and Separated Ones (Prushim), hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.”
“Woe to you, scribes and Separated Ones (Prushim), hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.”
“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.’ You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold? And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the offering on it, he is obligated.’ You blind men, which is more important, the offering, or the altar that sanctifies the offering? Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it. And whoever swears by the temple, swears both by the temple and by Him who dwells within it. And whoever swears by heaven, swears both by the throne of Adonai and by Him who sits upon it.
“Woe to you, scribes and Separated Ones (Prushim), hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
“Woe to you, scribes and Separated Ones (Prushim), hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. You blind Separated One, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.
“Woe to you, scribes and Separated Ones (Prushim), hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
“Woe to you, scribes and Separated Ones (Prushim), hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers. You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?
“Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city, so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Amen I say to you:
All of these things will come upon this generation!
Lament over Jerusalem:
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way an eagle gathers together her brood under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your House is being [temporarily, for a time] left to you desolate! For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until [in the future, when the nation is restored to you] you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF ADONAI!'” The Messiah is speaking here of His Return to the earth to establish His promised messianic kingdom. Fortunately for us, our Father in heaven and our resurrected-glorified Messiah, who presently sits at the right side of the Majesty in glory, are not finished with us. They are only finished with our sin! The King of Glory will return to deliver us from the evil that is growing in our world and that hates us with a passion. I believe Messiah will be returning to us soon, sometime during the lifetime of someone born in the year I was born, in the Hebrew year 5708 (1948). When He is seen again at His glorious return He will be accepted, not rejected (cf. Zechariah 12:10). In that day the nation of Israel will say (Psalm 118:25-26):
אָנָּא יְהוָה הֹושִׁיעָה נָּא אָֽנָּא יְהוָה הַצְלִיחָה נָּֽא׃ בָּרוּךְ הַבָּא בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה בֵּרַֽכְנוּכֶם מִבֵּית יְהוָֽה׃
Ana Adonai hoshi’ah na a’na Adonai hatzli’cha. Baruch haba beShem Adonai berachnuchem mibeyt Adonai!
Please, Adonai save now!
Please, Adonai send us (Your) prosperity!
Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of Adonai;
We bless you from the House of Adonai!