Insight and commentary on the Torah and Gospels every week, adapted from Torah Club resources.
The rabbis anticipate a future time of testing and tribulation just before the advent of the Messiah. Rabbi Yochanon said, "In the generation of the coming of the Son of David, disciples of the sages will be few in number, and as for the others, they will see sorrow and grief."
Sleep represents death. Just as Jacob slept at Bethel, Messiah slept the sleep of death and rested upon the stone. Through the “slumber” of the Messiah, the LORD revealed the ladder to heaven, which is Messiah’s atoning suffering and death (the descent) and His triumphant resurrection (the ascent).
Just as Abraham’s wife, Sarah, was barren, Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, was also unable to bear children. For twenty years she and Isaac tried to have a child. It is written that "Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren…"
The disciple of Yeshua should have no hesitation about reaching out to the godless, the wicked, the secular, or the idolater. The transforming power of the gospel is not limited by ethnic or sociological boundaries.