Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Psalm 2:1-12
2:1) Why do the nations rage, And the peoples plot a vain thing?
2:2) The kings of the eretz take a stand, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD, and against his Messiah, saying,
2:3) “Let’s break their bonds apart, And cast away their cords from us.”
2:4) He who sits in the heavens will laugh. The Lord will have them in derision.
2:5) Then he will speak to them in his anger, And terrify them in his wrath:
2:6) “Yet I have set my king on my holy hill of Tziyon.”
2:7) I will tell of the decree. The LORD said to me, “You are my son. Today I have become your father.
2:8) Ask of me, and I will give the nations for your inheritance, The uttermost parts of the eretz for your possession.
2:9) You shall break them with a rod of iron. You shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
2:10) Now therefore be wise, you kings. Be instructed, you judges of the eretz.
2:11) Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling.
2:12) Kiss the son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, For his wrath will soon be kindled. Blessed are all those who take refuge in him.
The Word:Ai??Sink or Swin
I was nineteen when I experienced my first hurricane at sea. I was an Engineer Cadet on the M.V. Orbita out of Liverpool, UK, bound for Bermuda. Since that storm, I have been in many a ai???blowai??i?? around the world. Yet, one of the worse storms was when I was at anchor in Naples Bay in the Mediterranean Sea. The weather forecast predicted strong winds, so the Captain had put out two anchors instead of the usual one anchor. However, we were not expecting such extreme weather. The wind and seas got up rapidly and we started to drag our anchors towards the shore. It took all the skill of the Captain and Navigation Officers to raise the anchors and head us back out to sea. However, it was not before the anchor capstan was all but destroyed. Looking back at the episode, it was a series of events that conspired to cause us harm; the wind from a particular angle, force and the shape of the bay. It made us appreciate the ai???Old Timersai??i?? who relied upon weather ai???eyesai??i??.
Read: Acts 27:1-44
In this accout, Rav. Shaai??i??ul (Paul) was on a grain ship on his way to Rome when he predicted that a storm was due. The shipai??i??s crew thought that they knew better and sailed on rather than seek a safe haven. They tried everything that their combined experience had taught them. Shaai??i??ul told all the passengers and crew that no one would be lost. Eventually, the ship was driven upon shoals and the ship started to break up.
ai???But the centurion, desiring to save Sha’ul, stopped them from their purpose, and commanded that those who could swim should throw themselves overboard first to go toward the land; and the rest should follow, some on planks, and some on other things from the ship. So it happened that they all escaped safely to the land.ai??? (Acts 27:43, 44). These two verses tell of two types of people; those who could swim and those who could not. In v34, Shaai??i??ul told all on board that no one was to be lost, but to those who could not swim, that seemed highly unlikely. This can be likened to how Believers (those who have accepted and acknowledged Messiah Yahshua as their personal Saviour) handle times of trouble.
Those who could swim, jumped in and headed for the shore, confident in their ability to make the beach. This confidence was a result in all the hard work they had put into learning how to swim. They had probably never experienced such violent surf, but all those hours swimming in lakes and rivers meant that they were prepared.
Those who could not swim had to rely on any piece of flotsam or jetsam. It seems that the ship had been run aground well and stuck before it broke its back. It is not unusual for a ship to be pulled off the shoal by the back surge of the surf. If that had have happened in another case, the non-swimmers may well have been lost.
Life is not all plain sailing. In fact we have been warned through the Master (Matt. 13:21) and Shaai??i??ul (2 Tim. 3:12) that persecution will certainly be a part of our lives. It is not so much as if the storm breaks, but when. The storm may be family, friends, finances or health this time but next time it may be due to something else.
Are you prepared to be shipwrecked?
If someone warned you that sometime in the future you would end up in deep water, would you not try to learn how to swim? At the very least, it would give you a chance of survival.
In the account above, with Shaai??i??ul saying that none would be lost and all get to shore can be likened to all on board being Believers and the shore being the Kingdom of Father.
Those who could swim can be likened to those Believers who have spent time studying Scripture, praying, listening to preachers and serving and spending time in Fatherai??i??s presence. When trouble strikes they are confident to dive straight in and head for safety. There is no short-cut to learning how to swim. It takes a good Teacher (Fatherai??i??s Spirit) and many hours of practice. In this case, practice does make perfect in the Biblical sense of becoming complete.
Those who could not swim can be likened to those Believers who are satisfied only to go to ai???churchai??i?? and rely on others in times of trouble. They have to latch on to any scrap of wood that happens to float by. They cannot lose their Salvation but when trouble strikes they are tossed to and fro and barely make it to safety.
However, unlike the above account when all are saved, when a ship crashes ashore there are usually three types of people on board; those who can swim, those who cling on to debris, and those who cannot swim nor catch hold of anything that floats. This third type of people drown; they are lost.
If you are not a Believer that has studied Scripture etc. (swimmers) nor a nominal Believer (floater), then you must be one destined to be lost for all eternity. The Bible clear warns that a storm is about to strike. This may even be the loosing of your physical life, but your soul lives on in punishment if you have not acknowledged that everyone is a sinner and this leads to eternal punishment. However, this punishment has been taken upon Himself by Messiah Yahshua, if only a person repents of their sins and seeks the forgiveness offered by Father through His Son, Yahshua, acknowledging that He and He alone can take away our sins. This is called ai???being born againai??i?? or ai???being savedai??i??.
ai???For the Son of Man came to save that which was lost.ai??? (Matt. 18:11).
The next time you see a storm or people swimming, take heed of this warning and please learn how to ai???swimai??i??.
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.