Rabbi Yehudah “Tochukwu” ben Shomeyr
Gen. 6:9, 7:6,11, 9:1,8,9,11,28
Society is geared toward the youth. Marketing’s targets group is the young, the next generation. We’ve been programmed to believe that the newest and the latest is the best and a must have.
Society seems to forget all too easily that the vast majority of dumb mistakes and regrets made in one’s lifetime happen in our ignorant sophomoric youth. We have such short memories that the bugs, glitches and crashes of the “latest” and “newest” gadget is forgotten, all we know is that we have to be the first to get our hands on the latest technology regardless of the bugs and glitches.
The simple, old and antique gets labelled as quaint and obsolete. But that stuff will be in vogue, in high demand and the latest “must have” when the power goes out and the batteries die.
The latest synthetic flavor fad can never replace what age and maturity can bring to one’s pallet; consider wine and cheese, the older the better.
The elderly are looked over, ignored, neglected, shoved in a corner and are seen as an inconvenience and so many of them are put away in a home from the public eye, out of sight, out of mind. After all, the world belongs to the youth! Our society seems to forget that with age comes experience and wisdom.
Have you ever noticed that the vast majority of Scripture shows us that it was the aged and the elderly who did the most poignant, world changing things? Sure, David the shepherd boy slayed the giant, but the older, battle worn, adult King David established the Kingdom of Israel as a major power in the region and began the Messianic dynasty that would culminate in the coming of Yeshua the Messiah!
Abraham didn’t have Isaac until he was 100 year old (Gen.17:17)!
Moses was 80 years old when he led the Children of Israel out of Egypt in the Exodus (Exd. 7:7)!
Much of God’s people did the greatest work for Him after the age of retirement! If your still young and you’ve done some pretty amazing stuff already, you have seen nothing yet! The best is yet to come! If you are old and have done it all, just wait, the best is yet to come, you haven’t seen nothing yet! God’s not finishes with you until your six feet underground!
In this weeks Torah Portion, we learn that Noah was 600 years old when he and his sons built the Ark and saved man and animal kind form obliteration!
Don’t believe the devil’s lies that you’re too old, what does God need or what use does he have with an old bag like you? The best is behind you, your washed up, out of date and out of touch! You’re a has-been!
My friend, the best is yet to come! You have yet to compose your Magnum Opus, you have yet to do your greatest work for God!
If you are considered “old”, the Kingdom needs your wisdom, experience, expertise and your vast practical knowledge. God needs such Generals in His Army. Few remember the individual, the foots soldiers and grunts, the ground pounders who won the battle unless they did something out of the ordinary. It’s the Commander and Generals who are usually remembered for battles won, men such a Grant, Patton, MacArthur, Swartzkoff, etc.
Have you screwed up royally? Sinned big time? Fallen in public view? Failed and let down everyone around you? Lost your street cred and reputation? Think it’s all over and you’re unredeemable?
FORGET ABOUT IT!
Don’t believe satan’s lie! As long as you truly and genuinely repented, it’s not over, you have been forgiven and can be restored!
Abraham and Isaac lied to a King out of fear, Moses killed an Egyptian taskmaster, David was a murderer and an adulterer, Jonah was a bigot and ran from God, Nebuchadnezzar went insane, Job lost it all, Samson couldn’t keep his vows, Paul had believers killed, Peter betrayed Messiah, but it wasn’t over for any of them! Abraham and Isaac fathered the Tribes of Israel, Moses led Israel of of Egypt, David finished his reign restored and his son Solomon succeeded and secured the Kingdom, Jonah ended up being a catalyst to bring a whole nation to repentance, Nebuchadnezzar got his Kingdom back, Job got all he lost back double, Samson defeated the Philistines, Paul became the greatest Apostle the Gentiles had ever seen and Peter repented and was restored! Again, it’s not over till your six feet under and pushing up daisies!
Many of our Heroes of the Faith did their greatest work for God AFTER their greatest fall! God’s not finished with you yet!
How do I know God’s not finished with you yet?
Well, your reading this, so you’re not dead and Messiah hasn’t returned yet.
So “Noah”, Messiah’s returning, how does He want you to prepare for His return? What’s your “Ark”? I can’t answer that for you, that’s between you and God. All I know is the time is short and there is a lot of work left to be done.
“Abba YHWH Elohim, Thank You that You’re a merciful and forgiving God; waiting to restore the fallen. You are not finished with us yet. You are the God of 2nd chances. You have a work for us to do, what is it LORD? Show each and every one of us Abba! In Yeshua’s Name, Amen!”
Memory Verses: Gen. 6:9-10, Isa. 55:5, Matt. 24:46-47