A Journey into Exodus: Part 3; Growing Stronger In Suffering
Hebrews 2;9 But we do see Yeshua-who indeed was made for a little while lower than the angels- now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by God’s grace he might taste death for all humanity. 10 For in bringing many sons to glory, it was only fitting that God, the Creator and Preserver of everything, should bring the Initiator of their deliverance to the goal through sufferings.
–HAPHAK (haw-fak)- to turn about or over; to change, overturn, return, pervert.
YARE (yaw-ray)-to fear; morally, to revere; causatively, to frighten.
M’OD (meh-ode)- vehemence; wholly; speedily.
YATSAB (yaw-tsab)- to place; to station, offer continue.
RA’AH (raw-aw)-to see, literally or figuratively.
LACHAM (law-kham)- to feed on; figuratively to consume; to battle (as destruction.)
CHARASH (khaw-rash)-to scratch i.e. to engrave,plough; to be silent, to let alone; to be deaf.
Exodus 14;5…Pharaoh and his servants became transformed (HAPHAK)regarding the people,…6 He harnessed his chariot and attracted his people with him. 7 He took six hundred elite chariots and all the chariots of Egypt, with officers on them all. 9 Egypt pursued them and overtook them at them, encamped by the sea…10 Egypt was journeying after them, and they were very (M’OD) frightened (YARE); the Children of Israel cried out to HASHEM. 11 They said to Moses, “Were there no graves in Egypt that you took us to die in the Wilderness? 12…-for it is better that we should serve Egypt than that we should die in the Wilderness!” 13 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear (YARE)! Stand fast (YATSAB) and see (RA’AH) the salvation of HASHEM that He will perform for you today; for as you have seen (RA’AH) Egypt today, you shall not see (RA’AH) them ever again! 14 HASHEM shall make war (LACHAM) for you, and you shall remain silent (CHARASH).”
–As we continue our journey we find that God is not finished with Pharaoh yet. He is not finished revealing His power to His people and His eternal Legacy for the world to see, has not yet been expounded to the extent He has intended. The roundabout, indirect route that God has taken the people is so that they will pass through a strait to where they are closed in and the only passage is through the walls of water which He will open for them. He intends to show them that the deliverance they seek will be found when they believe, trust and in faith…walk. The other reason He takes them this direction is so that Pharaoh himself will seek the advantage, not only is his heart hardened once more but he perceives that Israel is lost and wandering and like a predator after cornered prey he pursues them with the entire military strength of Egypt, Pharaoh himself leads the attack. [Exodus 14;1-9] The Children of Israel cry out to God, they cry out to Moses, then they just cry, despair, and we first hear the unthinkable claim : ‘better that we should serve Egypt.’
The midrash explains verses 13-14 is a direct reply to four different ‘groups’ among the Children of Israel as Pharaoh and his armies approached. To the people who consider suicide due to their fright Moses responds “Do not fear!”, to those who were praying and had their focus on their supplication rather than what they were about to witness he says, ‘Stand fast and see the salvation of the Lord….’ that which they cried out in prayer for they are about to behold. To those who suggest the return to Egypt and bondage he admonishes, ‘as you have seen Egypt today you will never see them again!’, there is nothing there to return to and look their remaining strength is about to be drowned. To those who said let us be brave, take arms and fight back Moses reacts with, “HASHEM will make war for you…’
It is clear we are being shown that in the time of terror and despair, when it seemed as if there were no way out…the Lord asks us to remain strong and to fear only Him, He asks us to see (RA’AH is used three times in verse 13) that which He will perform for us and what will become of our enemies (Egypt and all their military might, striking fear in the heart of Israel will shortly be bodies washed upon the shore, plundered by the hands they used to force into hard labor and suffering. Ex 14;30)
There is a time to cry out and a time to remain silent, in this case it seems that this silence is in faithful expectation, if we can be capable of this…to let alone those things we couldn’t possibly control, the situations that we are incompetent to effect…and put it in the Hands of God we will see His salvation for our lives. Additionally, we should be able to discern when, where and how we can speak and stand for what is right. In Esther, Mordechai reminds Hadassah that the deliverance of the Jews will surely come but her continuing to remain silent and not speaking up on behalf of her people just might be the biggest shortcoming of her life. The Psalmist (83;2) calls on God Himself not to be quiet as the enemies of His people enclose them. The Isaiah text tells us the Lord will neither be still nor silent until the righteousness and salvation blazes like a torch. The very pillar of fire we will read about which guards and leads them is in fact their salvation, Yeshua.
Esther 4;13 Then Mordechai said to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine in your soul that you will be able to escape in the king’s palace any more than the rest of the Jews. 14 For if you persist in keeping silent (CHARASH) at a time like this, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another place, while you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether it was just for such a time as this that you attained the royal position!”
Psalm 83;2 O God, do not hold Yourself silent; be not deaf and be not still, O God. 3 For behold, Your foes are in uproar and those who hate You have raised their head. 4 Against Your people they plot deviously, they take counsel against those sheltered by You. 5 They say, “Come, let us cut them off from nationhood, so Israel’s name will not be remembered any longer!”
Isaiah 62;1 For Zion’s sake, I will not be silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be still, until her righteousness emanates like bright light, and her salvation blazes like a torch.
PANIYM (paw-neem)- the face (as the part that turns); before.
NACHAH (naw-khaw)-to guide; to transport.
OWR (ore)- to be luminous (literally and metaphorically)
BEYN (bane)-a distinction; between; within.
CHOSHEK (kho-shek)- the dark; misery; destruction; death; ignorance; sorrow; wickedness.
Exodus 13;21 HASHEM went before (PANIYM) them during the day will a pillar of cloud, to lead (NACHAH) them along the way, and during the night with a pillar of fire, to give light (OWR) to them to travel during the day and during the night. 22 The pillar of cloud during the day and also the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before (PANIYM) the people.
Exodus 14; 19 The angel of the Lord, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them. The pillar of cloud moved from in front (PANIYM) of them and settled behind them. 20 It came between (BEYN) the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus there was the cloud and darkness (CHOSHEK) for the Egyptians. But for Israel it was light (OWR) the entire night.
–This is amazing, the Lord dispatches this manifestation of Himself in pillar of fire and cloud…this is the type of expressed image of the invisible God we are taught Yeshua was (and is) in the flesh. Israel’s leader and protector goes forth before their faces, they can see Him and they follow. When danger pursues them He moves to their rear guard. To the Egyptian camp He was seen as utter darkness, destruction, sorrow…for His children He lit up the sky the entire night! Just as in Egypt during the plague of darkness, Egypt suffered while there was light in Goshen [Exodus 10;232 No man could see his brother nor could anyone rise from his place for a three day period; but for all the Children of Israel there was light (OWR) in their dwellings.]…the Lord is differentiating, and setting His chosen people apart from the death and wickedness attached to the darkness. Incredibly we read in the first verse of bible, three of the very same elements…light, darkness a distinction and this is all done as the Divine Presence basks over the FACES of the WATERS.
Genesis 1;1 In the beginning of God’s creating the heavens and the earth-2 when the earth was astonishingly empty, with darkness upon the surface of the deep, and the Diving Presence hovered upon the surface (PANIYM) of the waters- 3 God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (OWR). 4 God saw that the light (OWR) was good, and God separated between the light (OWR) and the darkness (CHOSHEK).
Mark 4;36 So, leaving the crowds behind, they took him just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. 37 A furious windstorm arose, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was close to being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern on a cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, “Rabbi, doesn’t it matter to you that we’re about to be killed?” 39 He awoke, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind subsided, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no trust even now?” 41 But they were terrified and asked each other, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the waves obey him?”
–Our King and Lord is Master over all the elements He created. [ John 1; 3 All things came to be through him, and without him nothing had being. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 5 The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not suppressed it.] We might look at the Children of Israel in the Wilderness and wonder, “Why didn’t they just trust? Why couldn’t they believe? Why didn’t they get it?” These questions surely could be asked of ourselves, furthermore couldn’t we ask the same of the very men who walked with Yeshua, his own disciples? How is it that they could ask themselves after Yeshua rebukes the raging waves, ‘Who is this?’ It is a wondrous thing, the Master tells them the very thing told to the Children of Israel at the Sea of Reeds, “Quiet! Be still!” For the disciples, their Salvation, Yeshua was on the very boat with them, but they were frightened just as Israel was. But how could the people have been frightened after seeing the power of God displayed in the plagues of Egypt? Yeshua asks, “Why are you afraid? Have you no trust even now?” Look at the Torah text: Exodus 14;15 HASHEM said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to Me? Speak to the Children of Israel and let them journey forth!” It is the wind and the waves that obey Yeshua’s rebuke as at the Sea of Reeds the waves obey the command of HASHEM, and wind separates the water…[Exodus 14;21 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and HASHEM moved the sea with a strong east wind all the night, and He turned the sea into damp land and the water split. ]
When our Master returns for us it will be like nothing we can imagine, do not be fooled by even wondrous things that the one contrary to the Torah will perform. [II Thessalonians 2;3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For the Day will not come until after the Apostasy has come and the man who separates himself from the Torah is revealed.] Until all creation is changed and upraised, until that which is designed bows to its constructor and obeys His every breath…we should be waiting, searching and digging into ALL the scriptures, for they are all connected and all speak of our coming King. Psalm 107 completes this picture of our Master rebuking and quieting the storm.
Psalm 107;23 Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do their work in great waters. 24 They have seen the deeds of HASHEM, and His wonders in the watery deep. 25 He spoke and raised the stormy wind and lifted its waves. 26 They rise heavenward, they descend to the depths, their soul melts with trouble. 27 They reel, they stagger like a drunkard, and all their wisdom is swallowed up. 28 Then they cried out to HASHEM in their distress, and He would take them out of their straits. 29 He would halt the storm to restore calmness, and their waves were stilled. 30 And they rejoiced because they were quiet., and He guided them to their desired boundary.
Mark 6;46 After he had left them, he went into the hills to pray. 47 When night came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was by himself on land. 48 He saw that they were having difficulty rowing, because the wind was against them; so at around four o’clock in the morning he came toward them, walking on the lake! He meant to come alongside them; but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and let out a shriek; 50 for they had all seen him and were terrified. However , he spoke to them, “Courage,” he said, “it is I. Stop being afraid!” 51 He got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. They were completely astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves; on the contrary their hearts had been made stonelike.
Job 9;6 Who shakes the earth from its place, and its pillars tremble; 7 Who gives the command to the sun, and it does not shine; and seals up the stars; 8 Who alone stretches out the heavens, and treads upon the crests of the sea; 9 Who made Ursa Minor, Orion, Pleiades, and the southern constellations; 10 Who performs great deeds that are beyond comprehension, and wonders beyond number. 11 If He would pass before me, I would not see [Him]; He would move across and I would not perceive Him.
–Job speaks of the Master, walking…basking over the surface of the water. Just as the disciples were unable to see him for who he was, Job speaks of a power unperceivable. The Lord wants us to have the desire to know Him more and more. In the process of drawing near to the Lord we will learn many wondrous and astounding things. As we search the whole of the scriptures by the power of our Teacher the Holy Spirit and begin to walk more and more in the ways that He has designed for us it is easy to let the tide of information and excitement allow us to get carried away. Its times like this that we might start assigning our own roles in our communities and fellowships, names like leader or elder or even prophet might arise. As inspired as all these assignments may seem to be I submit that we not allow our friendships and connections to suffer for the sake of “knowing” something greater or having a “higher understanding” of any certain thing. The text from the Book of Hebrews this blog entry began with, speaks of a Messiah who humbled himself even to the grasp of death in order that man might learn how to fall on his face in reverence. Our Messiah brought about our deliverance through suffering. If we can not reach out to touch the sense of humility that our King tasted for our sakes, if we continue to ignore the hearts and souls we might be alienating with our pride, arrogance and yes even passion…then we will be as blind as those in the boat, and as faithless as some of those who stood at the Sea’s shore. The Lord did not die for us so that we could surpass each other, He died so that we would understand the extent of the love He desired us to have for one another.
Exodus 15;24 The people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” 25 He cried out to HASHEM, and HASHEM showed him a tree; he threw it into the water and the water became sweet. There He established for [ the nation] a decree and an ordinance, and there He tested it.26 He said, “If you hearken diligently to the voice of HASHEM, your God, and do what is just in His eyes, give ear to His commandments and observe all His decrees, then any of the diseases that I placed in Egypt, I will not bring upon you, for I am HASHEM, your Healer.”
Revelation 22;1 Next the angel showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 Between the main street and the river was the Tree of Life producing twelve kinds of fruit, a different kind every month; and the leaves of the tree were for healing the nations- 3 no longer will there be any curses.
–The parallels in the Revelation and Exodus texts are vibrant. The rivers of water and the tree of life, God as the healer and the promise of the annulment of curses. Could we consider that the bitterness might have been from the people itself? Having been far from any real lasting comfort for so long…uprooted from a life they had become accustomed to, to blindly with little preparation follow a God some had a slight connection to…they knew from the days of their fathers, but the intimacy in Knowing Him was yet to come. And to where were they following Him? They really didn’t know. [ Jeremiah 2;2 Thus said HASHEM: I recall for you the kindness of your youth, the love of your nuptials, your following Me into the Wilderness, into an unsown land.] There is one cure for this bitterness and the tree Moshe sweetens the water with is likened to this antidote…the Torah, also known as the Tree of Life [Proverbs 3;18 It is a tree of life to those who grasp it, and its supporters are praiseworthy. 19 HASHEM founded the earth with wisdom; He established the heavens with understanding; 20 through His knowledge, the depths were cleaved, and the heavens dripped dew. 21 My child, do not let them stray from your eyes; safeguard the eternal Torah.] .
It is from this moment the Lord makes a promise, and He does test and try His people…having tasted the sweetness of the life giving water will we not only follow Him into every desert experience with trust, but rely on His provision for all our needs and in the walking will we mind the way that we walk considering His commandments, decrees and ordinances as the establishment of all livelihood? Primary to our very existence.
Psalm 107;1 Give thanks to HASHEM, for He is good, for His kindness endures forever! 2 Those redeemed by HASHEM will sat [it], those whom He redeemed from the hand of distress, 3 and whom He gathered from the lands: from east and from west, from north and from the sea. 4 They wandered in the wilderness, in the desolation of the path; they found no inhabited city. 5 Hungry as well as thirsty, their soul grew faint within them. 6 Then they cried out to HASHEM in their distress, He would rescue them from their straits. 7 And He led them upon a straight path, to go to an inhabited city. 8 Let them give thanks to HASHEM for His kindness, and His wonders to the children of man. 9 For He sated the yearning soul, and filled the hungry soul with good.
Philippians 2; 14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure children of God, without defect in the midst of a twisted and perverted generation, among whom you will shine like stars in the sky, 16 as you hold on to the Word of Life.
Exodus 16;2 The entire assembly of the Children of Israel complained (TLUWNAH) against Moses and Aaron in the Wilderness. 3 The Children of Israel said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of HASHEM in the land of Egypt, as we sat by the pot of meat, when we ate bread to satiety, for you have taken us out to this Wilderness to kill this entire congregation by famine.” 4 HASHEM said to Moses, “Behold!- I shall rain down for you food from heaven; let the people go out and pick each day’s portion on its day, so that I can test them, whether they will follow My teaching or not. 6 Moses and Aaron said to all the Children of Israel,…7 in the morning you will see the glory of HASHEM, that He has heard your complaints (TLUWNAH) against HASHEM- for what are we that you should incite a complaint (TLUWNAH) against us?”- 8 and Moses said, “When, in the evening, HASHEM gives you meat to eat and bread to satiety in the morning, as HASHEM hears your complaints (TLUWNAH) that you complain (TLUWNAH) against Him- for what are we?- not against us are your complaints (TLUWNAH), but against HASHEM!” 9 Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the entire assembly of the Children of Israel, ‘Approach the presence of HASHEM, for He has heard your complaints (TLUWNAH).'” 10 When Aaron spoke to the entire assembly of the Children of Israel, they turned to the Wilderness and behold!- the glory of HASHEM appeared in a cloud. 11 HASHEM spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “I have heard the complaints (TLUWNAH) of the Children of Israel. ”
–TLUWNAH (tel-oo-naw)-in the sense of obstinacy; a grumbling.
The people complained against Moses and Aaron that they were hungry, bearing in mind that they had livestock. There was no ill response or sentiment in the previous complaint about the bitter water, neither from God or Moshe, because its obvious that we need water to survive…thus Moshe cried to God and God answered. This complaint is different and the Torah repeatedly points this out with the recurrence of the word complaint (TLUWNAH). At one point it seems the leader of the people, Moshe, is so disgusted that he can’t even address them any longer…telling Aaron to speak to them. He twice points out to the people that he is only a man, that they should be crying out to God for help. Have you ever complained to a family member in order to vent? Have you ever repeatedly murmured to this person of confidence? I submit that although we are to support each other and to be help mates for our fellows, friends and spouses… it is a good idea to take into account that we just might be drawing them into a negativity that they perhaps would prefer to avoid. We are human and we need counsel, good counsel, God knows this…I suggest that the less we complain even to a confidant, even to vent…the better. The Lord knows our pains, our needs and our concerns and when we make Him our number One, taking our troubles to Him first the outcome will fill us all the more and won’t drain any one else around us.
Psalm 119;169 May my prayerful song approach Your Presence, HASHEM, that You grant me understanding in accordance with Your word. 170 May my supplication come before You, rescue me in accordance with Your word. 171 My lips will speak praise when You teach me Your statutes. 172 My tongue shall proclaim Your word, because all Your commandments are righteous. 173 Let Your hand be ready to assist me, for I have chosen Your precepts. 174 I crave Your salvation, I HASHEM, and Your Torah is my preoccupation. 175 Let my soul live and it shall praise You, and Your ordinances will assist me. 176 I have strayed like lost sheep; seek out Your servant, for I have not forgotten Your commandments.
James 1;12 How blessed is the man who perseveres through temptation (PEIRASMOS). For after he has passed the test (DOKIMOS)! , he will receive as his crown the Life which God has promised to those who love Him. 13 No one being tempted (PEIRAZO) should say, “I am being tempted (PEIRAZO) by God.” For God cannot be tempted (APEIRASTOS) by evil, and God himself tempts (PEIRAZO) no one. 14 Rather each person is being tempted (PEIRAZO) whenever he is being dragged off and enticed by the bait of his own desire. 15 Then, having conceived, the desire gives birth to sin; and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.
–DOKIMOS (dok-ee-mos)- properly; acceptable; approved; kjv- tried
PEIRASMOS (pi-ras-mos)-a putting to proof (by experiment (of good), experience (of evil), solicitation, discipline or provocation; by implication, adversity.
PEIRAZO (pi-rad-zo)-to test; endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline.
APEIRASTOS (ap-i-ras-tos)- untried; not temptable.
Lets consider the idea of God trying His own people versus man testing God. We are told that God tests us but we are forbidden to test Him.
The II Corinthians texts paints the picture of the way in which God instructed Paul to share, with the believers in Corinth, how we are to pass the test in our dealings with each other :
II Corinthians 2;5 Now if someone has been a cause of pain, it is not I whom he has pained, but in some measure- I don’t want to overstate it- all of you. 6 For such a person the punishment already imposed on him by the majority is sufficient, 7 so that now you should do the opposite-forgive him, encourage him, comfort him. Otherwise such a person might be swallowed up in overwhelming depression. 8 So I urge you to show that you really do love him. 9 The reason I wrote you was to see if you would pass the test, to see if you would fully obey me.
–God tried Joseph and he experienced slavery, sexual temptation, imprisonment and more.
Psalm 105; 17 He sent a man before them, Joseph was sold as a slave. 18 They afflicted his leg with fetters; his soul came into irons. 19 Until the time that his word came to pass, the decree of HASHEM purified (TSARAPH) him.
TSARAPH-(tsaw-raf)-to fuse; refine.
–God tests Hezekiah to know his heart.
II Chronicles 32;31…God left him alone, to test him (NACAH), to know all that was in his heart.
NACAH (naw-saw)-to test; to attempt.
–Man’s testing ground is when he is given glory and praise, will he in righteousness give the true glory and honor to God or take it for himself…
Proverbs 27;21 A refining pot is for silver and a crucible is for gold, and a man according to his praises.
–Moses asks the people why they are testing God, some of the people clearly have not come to grow into understanding the provision of the Lord. They are haughty and greedy (again, they hunger yet they have livestock, they can’t part with their own wealth). While in Egypt toward the end of the plagues they had to understand that there was going to be a major life change taking place. With all major changes there has to be a death to the ego, there must be preparation for inner and external turmoil, in Egypt their loins were girded…now they are free, free to choose to do the right thing. This is precisely why God tests us, He wants to see what is in our hearts, He wants us to call upon and rely upon Him alone for provision, He wants to see if we will really obey Him and keep His commands or not.
God tells Moses to strike the Rock and that He ‘shall stand before you by the Rock’. Amazing!
While the people contend with Moses and test God says He will stand before him. That means between Moshe and the people, stones in their hands. God will test us but it is only to make us stronger, it is to prepare us for the droughts and famines ahead…perhaps for even a time where He seems to have “left” us.
[James 1;2 Regard it all as joy, my brothers, when you face various kinds of temptations; 3 for you know that the testing of your trust produces perseverance. 4 But let perseverance do its complete work; so that you may be made complete and whole, lacking nothing.]
Exodus 17;1 They encamped at Rephidim and there was no water for the people to drink. 2 The people contended with Moses and they said, “Give us water that we may drink!” Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you test (NACAH) HASHEM?” 3 The people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and it said, “Why is it that you have brought us from Egypt to kill me and my children and my livestock through thirst?” 4 Moses cried out to HASHEM, saying, “What shall I do for this people? A bit more and they will stone me!” 5 HASHEM said to Moses, “Pass before the people and take with you some of the elders of Israel; and in your hand take your staff with which you struck the River, and go. 6 Behold!- I shall stand before you by the rock in Horeb; you shall strike the rock and water will come forth from it and the people will drink.” Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
I Corinthians 10;1 For, brothers, I don’t want you to miss the significance of what happened to our fathers. All of them were guided by the pillar of cloud, and they all passed through the sea, 2 and in connection with the cloud and with the sea they all immersed themselves into Moshe, 3 also they all ate the same food from the Spirit, 4 and they all drank the same drink from the Spirit- for they drank from a Spirit-sent Rock which followed them, and that Rock was the Messiah.
–These chapters of the Torah are just the beginning of the Wilderness experience, yet so much has already transpired. The overwhelming theme this cycle for me is one of growing from a type of haughty immature faith to a humbled and obedient one. It is a theme of reliance on God and trust in His design as expressed by the Living Word. It is a theme of present, visceral, and actual suffering…which leads to Life, growth, maturation in Yeshua. If He himself learned obedience through suffering who are we to think we will escape it all? Why would we then question our trials and persecutions when they come? We should ourselves test the spirits, anything contrary to His nature, which we discover from the Word by the Power of the Spirit…is not of God. [I John 4;1 Dear friends do not trust every spirit. On the contrary, test (DOKIMAZO) the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.]
Hebrews 5;7 During Yeshua’s life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions, crying aloud and shedding tears, to the One who had the power to deliver him from death; and he was heard because of his godliness. 8 Even though he was the Son, he learned obedience through his sufferings. 9 And after he had been brought to the goal, he became the source of eternal deliverance to all who obey him…..
–This Sabbath is called Shabbat Shirah….the Sabbath of the Song, this is the portion (Beshalach, Exodus 13;17-17;15; Haftarah Judges 5;1-31) where the texts including the Prophetic Song at the Sea is sung (by all the people who not only knew the words and the ‘tune’ but sang of many things that had not yet come to pass.) and is accompanied with the reading of the Song of Deborah the prophetess. When our Eternal Redeemer entered His Holy City, his followers sang at the top of their voices a song that proclaimed Him then as Messiah! We await the triumphant return of Yeshua and join all creation in anticipation of the Day we can sing the Song of Moses, the Song of the Lamb.
Luke 19;36 As he went along, people carpeted the road with their clothing; 37 and as he came near Yerushalayim, where the road descends to the Mount of Olives, the entire band of talmidim began to sing and praise God at the top of their voices for all the powerful works they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the King who is coming in the name of ADONAI!” “Shalom in heaven!” and “Glory in the highest places!” 39 Some of the P’rushim in the crowd said to him, “Rabbi! Reprimand your talmidim!” 40 But he answered, “I tell you that if they keep quiet, the stones will shout!” 41 When Yeshua had come closer and could see the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “If you only knew today what is needed for shalom! But for now it is hidden from your sight. 43 For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will set up a barricade all around you, encircle you, hem you in on every side, 44 and dash you to the ground, you and your children within your walls, leaving not one stone standing on another- and all because you did not recognize your opportunity when God offered it!”
Baruch attah ADONAI Eloheinu Melech haOlam
Blessed are You Lord our God King of the universe
You alone have planted Eternal Life among us,
within us, Blessed are You Lord our God
Gracious Giver of the Torah,
B’shem Yeshua HaMashiac, amein.
–Lord You have blessed us with the extension, the revelation, the picture of Your Nature and Your heart…Your design for us in Your Living Word, thank You for choosing us. May in these days there be more and more ears that come to hear, more and more hearts that long to know You. Please open the hearts of our loved ones and relatives to find You, seek You, and return to You. Please give us humility as we share with them and sensitivity when we relate to each other. Please allow us to truly be strengthened in our trials and sorrows. Please help us to fall in line to Your assignment of our roles and to walk wherever you will take us. Where You do not lead us there, we shall not go…but illuminate our path please with the Light in Yeshua and in His word. Clear the way for us and allow us to have the strength to serve You with energy, enthusiasm and devotion. Be with us and may all this, all the handiwork You have established for me be a blessing to Yours, and glory, honor and praise to my King! In his name I ask this, according to Your will alone, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amein.
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