Foreshadow . . . “Pressure and Pesher”

Many notable men in prominent places be it Hollywood, Sacramento, Washington DC or the corporate board room are feeling intense pressure these days.  And rightfully so! It seems every day someone resigns from their position due to past indiscretions involving sexual assault or harassment.  What was secret or conveniently swept under the carpet is now exposed in the light of a new day.  Sadly this behavior has been happening for a very long time and is not something that has taken place because of our current moral climate.  Some may say “back in the good ol’ days” when God was honored in this nation this “stuff” didn’t happen.  Truth be told, it has been happening a very, very, very long time and in my opinion back then, God was honored superficially and not in substance. Pastor Ed spoke of the Jewish concept of Pesher – the present embodiment of past Scripture.  The Jewish prophets of old were tasked with keeping the people’s eyes focused on God.  The million dollar questions were “did they embody it and do it in the future?”  How we treat one another as a result of being rightly related to the Creator of the Universe is not new information.  Respect, restraint and righteous relationship with one another actually carried out would certainly be categorized as Pesher.  Clearly this has not been embodied.

We have all done things we regret and hope never see the light of day.  Fortunately most of us did not commit sexual assault or harassment and fortunately we do not live with the scrutiny of our intense media environment but even then within our circles, not living out Pesher has its consequences and impacts.  Our choices and actions affect all those around us.  The daily barrage of accusations and revelations should serve as a “prophetic” warning to all of us to rethink our relationships especially our relationship with God.  Paul wrote to the Galatians, “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”  Let us not merely bemoan the behavior of our “leaders” let us examine ourselves and resolve to do better.

 Shalom

Alan Adler

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