Voice of the Lord
Devotional: 19th of Tammuz
ADONAI forbid that I should do such a thing to my lord, ADONAI'S anointed (1 Samuel 24:7).
Zol Gott op-hiten! ("May God prevent it!") is a Yiddish phrase often heard among older Jewish people. It expresses the desire for good and not evil and implies an awareness that God must, at times, intervene to save us from ourselves.
In his book Eichmann in My Hands, Peter Z. Malign (who played a key role in the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann) writes, "Evil does not exist in isolation. It is a product of amorality by consensus. Could it happen again?" Our reply, of course, is zol Gott op-hiten! But we can't just say it; we have a responsibility to do something about it.
In the above Scripture, David knew something. He knew that God was going to hold him to the highest standard of personal holiness and to the truth. No amount of clever argument can cover up what is true.
Yeshua continually challenges the motives of people's hearts. His standard is uncompromising. With him, there is no such thing as a little white lie, no such thing as a little sin, just because everyone is doing it.
The rabbis of old noted that the Hebrew alphabet starts with the letter alef(t). In the middle of the alphabet is the letter mem (n), and the last letter is tav (,). Together, the three letters form the Hebrew word emet (truth). Truth is always the essence of the Jewish faith.
...refuse to compromise Yeshua's standard of truth and righteousness.
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