(Note: I know this is a week late. I will post Parashah Toldot, this week’s reading, later this afternoon. Again, my thanks for your patience.)
Torah: B’resheit (Genesis) 23:1-25:18
Haftarah: M’lekhim Alef (1 Kings) 1:1-31
B’rit Chadashah: 2 Timothy 4:1-22
There is a truth in Scripture that is difficult for the young, but natural for the aged, to accept: None of us are the main character, and each of us must one day pass the torch to the next generation.
Our mother Sara posthumously passed the torch to Rebekah, who with Isaac took up the task of carrying on Abraham’s teachings and Covenant. Likewise, David passed the throne to Solomon, and Paul the trust of the Bosorah, the Good News, to Timothy. Jacob followed Isaac, Joshua followed Moses, Elisha followed Elijah . . . and ultimately Yeshua followed the one who came in the Spirit and power of Elijah.
Who followed Yeshua? One might be tempted to say His disciples, and that is true in one sense. However, in the ultimate sense, nobody followed Him. This is why Matthew does not give us an account of the Ascension: In his view, Yeshua never left, but continued His rule over His Assembly, a rule that Luke describes in his book of Acts.
We must take care never to jealously cling to “our” ministries, “our” talents, or “our” children. A ministry that is not passed to the disciples dies. A talent buried in the earth for fear of letting it out of our hands yields no interest. A child that is not raised up to think for herself and walk with the Holy One in her own unique calling is cheated.
As I noted in yesterday’s entry, I’ve been passed a torch and given a sacred charge. One day, if our King tarries, I will raise up one or more disciples to pass it to in turn–not disciples of my own, but disciples of our great Rabbi, Yeshua the Messiah–and I pray that they will surpass me and be surpassed in turn.