In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Prov.3;6 ב”ה
“Let’s make the next few minutes last forever….”
בְּשַׁלָּח Beshalach- One Last Look to Truly Move Forward 5778
Last parasha we met a people who are already free…still in Egypt, ready to leave and waiting on the opportune, destined time Hashem has predetermined for them. Waiting on the command of Hashem. This is a people, a unique nation, who have been labeled by their Master: “the Hosts of Hashem!” They have this goal to live up to, to reach toward and they do so with an “upraised arm”… all five fingers of the hand grasping the sword of truth. (Only in service of Hashem is a person truly free). Wielding the weapons (both physical and spiritual) they had been promised they make their move forward. Destined detours will follow as well as the entire remaining might of Egypt, bent on their annihilation.
Sh’mot 13;17 Now when Pharaoh had let the people go בְּשַׁלָּח, God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, “The people might change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” 18 Hence God led the people around by the way of the wilderness to the Red Sea; and the sons of Israel went up in martial array וַחֲמֻשִׁים from the land of Egypt. (וַחֲמֻשִׁים- found only here in this way)
#2567 (v) chamash חָמַשׁ – sharpness, eager, active, brave, ready, prepared, fifth. (only place in Torah:)
- Ber. 41:34 “Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers in charge of the land, and let him exact a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance.
- Yehoshua 4; 1Now when all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying, 2“Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe, 3and command them, saying, ‘Take up for yourselves twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet are standing firm…9Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan at the place where the feet of the priests who carried the ark of the covenant were standing, and they are there to this day. 10For the priests who carried the ark were standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything was completed that the LORD had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. And the people hurried and crossed; 11and when all the people had finished crossing, the ark of the LORD and the priests crossed before the people. 12The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over חָמַשׁ in battle array before the sons of Israel, just as Moses had spoken to them; 13about 40,000 equipped for war, crossed for battle before the LORD to the desert plains of Jericho.14On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; so that they revered him, just as they had revered Moses all the days of his life.
#2568 (m/f noun) chamesh חָמֵשׁ – five
- B’reshit 18:28 “Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the whole city because of five?” And He said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”
- B’reshot 45;11 “There I will also provide for you, for there are still five years of famine to come, and you and your household and all that you have would be impoverished.”’
#2571 (adj) chamash חָמַשׁ – brave, warlike, a host arrayed (for battle)
- Yehoshua 1:13 “Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, ‘The LORD your God gives you rest and will give you this land.’ 14 “Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle shall remain in the land which Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but you shall cross before your brothers in battle array, all your valiant warriors, and shall help them,15 until the LORD gives your brothers rest, as He gives you, and they also possess the land which the LORD your God is giving them.
- Sh’mot 4;20 “So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My miracles which I shall do in the midst of it; and after that he will let you go. 21“I will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed. 22 “But every woman shall ask of her neighbor and the woman who lives in her house, articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and you will put them on your sons and daughters. Thus you will plunder the Egyptians.”
#5337 (v) nasal נָצַל – to take away, strip off; to snatch out of danger; to deliver; to be delivered; to save oneself.
- B’reshit 31:9 “Thus God has taken away your father’s livestock and given them to me.
- Sh’mot 33;6 So the sons of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments, from Mount Horeb.
- Sh’mot 12; 35 Now the sons of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, for they had requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; 36 and the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.
#2580 (masc n) Chen חֵן- grace, favor, goodwill.
- Sh’mot 11:2 “Speak now in the hearing of the people that each man ask from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor for articles of silver and articles of gold.” 3 The LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Furthermore, the man Moses himself was greatly esteemed in the land of Egypt, both in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people.
You might think the Children of Israel would curse the Egyptians or fight or take their revenge at this opportune time. Instead, the people find favor (chen) grace in the sight of the Egyptians. “Now this is a people!” Walking out with pride. Singing to Hashem with joy. When we focus on the redemption we have received, revenge…or repayment for the suffering we have endured, becomes a non issue- for we already know how full our hands are, how rich we have become!
The people didn’t go out because
Phara’oh sent them out.
- Sh’mot 12; 31 Then (Phara’oh) called for Moses and Aaron at night and said, “Rise up, get out from among my people, both you and the sons of Israel; and go
The people leave because
God took them out.
- Sh’mot 12; 22 “You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.
If the people come into Israel there is a known “gate” into the Land. That gate would have taken then by “way of the Philistines” that gate would have taken them to Gaza by the coast. By the coast where the resources are plentiful. God doesn’t take them that way to ensure they know- they’re not ready for war and that HE alone will provide their needs and assurance.
These people are “premies”. The wilderness is like unto the incubator. Hashem feeds them, gives them water, clothes them, fights for them. They come out of Egypt, not because they’re ready (as the wilderness complaints and stumbles and outright outrages will prove) but because God made a promise to Avraham. With the first verse of Parasha Beshalach Hashem is telling us what could have been, what should of been, but what wasn’t… because we weren’t ready.
Tehillim 112; 4 Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous. 5It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment. 6For he will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered forever. 7 He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 8His heart is upheld, he will not fear, Until he looks with satisfaction on his adversaries.
“The tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved [charut] on the tablets” (Ex. 32:16). Read not charut, “engraved” but cherut, “freedom,” for the only person who is truly free is one who occupies himself with Torah study.” (Avot 6: 2)
Peh- Mouth Charut- Freedom
פִּי הַחִירֹת Pi-hahiroth= The Mouth of Freedom
Sh’mot 14;1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2“Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and camp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea; you shall camp in front of Baal-zephon, opposite it, by the sea. 3“For Pharaoh will say of the sons of Israel, ‘They are wandering aimlessly in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ 4“Thus I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” And they did so.
Go take a good look at what you really left behind- if you really want “out”. Go take that one last look at evil so that the people would be under no illusions as to what they were leaving.
Too often we take ourselves back into a personal “Egypt”. We know the truth of the grace, mercy and forgiveness which comes from Hashem but through guilt, doubt, pain, desperation we return to a place of personal torment. Like the battered wife coming back to her abuser… “Maybe there’s some good in him, maybe I can change him, maybe this time things will be different…” What Hashem can see is that the people are already feeling, “Was it really all that bad?”
- Sh’mot 16;3 “Would that we had died by the LORD’S hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
- Bemidbar 11;5 “We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, 6 but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.”] God asks, “Do you guys really want to get out of here or not?”
I Am showing you…..Pharaoh saw the destruction of Egypt through the plagues. Pharaoh saw the sea split. He saw it. We don’t want signs! We perhaps, should not be asking God to show us signs. When someone wants to be stubborn, no religion or belief system in the world will move you one bit. Nothing will change you. We want to believe the evil does change…the people forgot who they were dealing with. God says…look one more time. Until we leave Egypt we’re not really in eretz Yisrael.
- Sh’mot 14; 5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” 6 So he made his chariot ready and took his people with him; 7and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. 8The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out (b’yad ramah בְּיָד רָמָה- with raised hand) boldly . 9 Then the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea…
# 7311 (v) ruwm רוּם – to arise, to grow, to be exalted, lifted up, high, lofty, powerful.
- B’reshit 14;22 Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the LORD God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’
- B’reshit 39;15 “When he heard that I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled and went outside.”…18 and as I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled outside.”
“Everything in Eretz Israel should touch you.
Not Paralyze you but touch you”.
Releasing terrorist prisoners to return to their homes with Jewish blood on their hands, how do their leaders recieve them? With accolades, handing out sweets in the streets, celebrating. Murderers receiving a hero’s welcome and acclaim.
While on every Seder night we pour out some of our “joy” and delight to commemorate the demise of humans created in God’s image. This is not political. Get another look, at the enemy…nothing has changed- the Torah is alive. Hashem teaches us: Just be sure who I am trying to separate you from.
Sh’mot 14;9…every horse of Pharaoh’s chariots, his horsemen, and his force beside Pi hahiroth, in front of Ba’al Zephon. 10 Pharaoh drew near, and the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold! the Egyptians were advancing after them. They were very frightened, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11They said to Moses, Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us to die in the desert? What is this that you have done to us to take us out of Egypt?
Tehillim 56;1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man has trampled upon me; Fighting all day long he oppresses me. 2 My foes have trampled upon me all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me. 3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. 4 In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? 5 All day long they distort my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil. 6 They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life. 7 Because of wickedness, cast them forth, In anger put down the peoples, O God! 8 You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? 9 Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call; This I know, that God is for me. 10 In God, whose word I praise, In the LORD, whose word I praise, 11 In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? 12 Your vows are binding upon me, O God; I will render thank offerings to You. 13 For You have delivered my soul from death, Indeed my feet from stumbling, So that I may walk before God In the light of the living.
the people pray…
…behold! the Egyptians were advancing after them. They were very frightened, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord.
the people panic…
They said to Moses, Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us to die…
Moshe Responds (prays)…
But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. “The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.” Sh’mot 14;13-14
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me?
Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. “Sh’mot 14;15
The sages teach there were three “minds”, three groups at the ‘mouth of freedom’ before the sea split. Each corresponding to Moshe’s response above. One group who believed all was lost and said, “lets kill ourselves, throwing ourselves into the sea”; one group who wanted to turn and wage war against the Egyptians, “WE can take them!”; and one group who just fell down and began to pray.
Hashem’s response?- “Now’s not the time to pray…keep them journeying forward…”
In life we become overwhelmed because we become sandwiched between this on one side and that on the other side…and we enter into a state of panic. We consider all kinds of options. The only option to consider is moving toward the goal. If the goal is Mt. Sinai, you move toward Mt. Sinai. What if there’s a sea in front of you? Not a problem, the sea will split. But you enter into the sea with the intent of going to Mt. Sinai not with the intent of chas v’shalom (God forbid) suicide (giving up).
Here Hashem says- just move forward….
Moshe prays, God says, now is not the time. But the Jewish people have troubles! Move forward, forward march! This (and in our lives we could identify in kind) is an exercise all about doing what I say to do.
When all else fails…follow the instructions!
Go to Mt. Sinai!
Sh’mot 14;16 As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.
17“As for Me, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen.
You do what you need to do and I’ll do what I need to do.
All they should do is journey- once they get into the sea they’ll see
the sea is not going to stop them!
So may it be for each one of us. Keep moving forward with His goals for us in mind, nothing to keep us from what He will accomplish- and us…doing our part.
B’reshit 1;2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness (choshek) was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit (ruach) of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness….9 Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so….26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Water and Spirit and Dry Land Appearing…separation between dark and light…
Man being formed….
B’reshit 7;17 Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. 18 The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains [kingdoms] everywhere under the heavens were covered. …8;1 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind (ruach) to pass over the earth, and the water subsided….13 Now it came about in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the surface of the ground was dried up….16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may breed abundantly on the earth,& be fruitful and multiply on the earth.
Water and Spirit and Dry Land Appearing…God remembering the man who found grace in his sight…floodwaters being the element of destruction for the corrupted…new beginnings the first of the first month…waters are dried up…every hoof takes part in this new start…man being “recreated”…
Sh’mot 2; 24 So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them….12; 2“This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. 3 “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household… 10; 9 Moses said, “We shall go with our young and our old; with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we shall go, for we must hold a feast to the LORD….26”Therefore, our livestock too shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind, for we shall take some of them to serve the LORD our God. And until we arrive there, we ourselves do not know with what we shall serve the LORD.” …14;19The angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. 20 So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. … 21Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. 22The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, & the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand & on their left.
God remembering the man (Avraham= the nation of Israel) who found grace in his sight…new beginnings the first of the first month…every hoof takes part in this new start…Water and Spirit and Dry Land Appearing…water being the element of destruction for the Egyptians… “birth” of a nation….
The waters “repented”(returned) and the Egyptians fled נוּס…this is the same word as when Yosef fled נוּס from Potiphar’s wife.
The people crossing and Yosef’s restraint are not natural acts. Both situations require an incredible amount of faith and trust.
Side note bearing in mind the connections with Yeshua and Yosef:
The people knew redemption was at hand when they saw Yosef’s tomb was empty!
B’reshit 50:25 Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.”
Sh’mot 13;19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, “God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones from here with you.”
Sh’mot 15; 22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah. 24 So the people grumbled at Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” 25 Then he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet.
This Am,people, were on a comedown from the overwhelming personal experience of the enormity of being preserved from the plagues and walking on dry ground through the split sea…
This could happen to us spiritually, it can’t always be this “high” we feel.
The key to contentment is remembering He is there with us in the “downtime” too and thus we could do well to remember: This too is from Hashem.
Sh’mot 15;25…There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them. 26 And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer.”
There He tested them- with the Sabbath and Manna commandments.
The first thing Hashem needs a free people learning to attach to His will and their role within it is that He has fixed holiness in our lives all the time. We often forget that as we work and strive and struggle and obtain….
Shabbat is the “meeting” Hashem holds for us to be reminded of that Holiness.
#4985 (v) matak מָתַק- to be or become sweet, to render sweet or pleasant. (Found only here in Torah)
Sh’mot 15:23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah. 24 So the people grumbled at Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”25 Then he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them.
# 7495 (v) rafa רָפָא – to sew together, mend; heal, fix; to pardon, to comfort; to repair.
Sh’mot 15:26 And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer.”
#2790 (v) charash חָרַשׁ – to fabricate, to devise (evil things), to be deaf, to be dumb, to keep silence, to be still, to keep oneself silent, hold one’s peace.
Sh’mot 14:14 “The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.”
#2814 (v) chashah חָשָׁה- to be still, quiet, to rest.
2 Kings 2; 2 Elijah said to Elisha, “ שֵׁב נָא פֹה Stay here * please, for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. 3Then the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?” And he said, “Yes, I know; be still.”… 5 The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho approached Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be still.” 6 Then Elijah said to him, “Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” And he said, “As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the וַיֵּלְכוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם two of them went on* …. 7 Now fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood opposite them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan. 8 Elijah took his mantle and folded it together and struck the waters, and they were divided here and there, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground. 9When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” 10 He said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” 11As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. 12 Elisha saw it and cried out, “ אָבִי אָבִי My father, my father * , the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw Elijah no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. 13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and returned and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed over….16They said to him, “Behold now, there are with your servants fifty strong men, please let them go and search for your master; perhaps the Spirit of the LORD has taken him up and cast him on some mountain or into some valley.” And he said, “You shall not send.”… and they searched שְׁלֹשָׁה יָמִים three days * but did not find him. …19Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Behold now, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad and the land is unfruitful.” 20 He said, “Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21He went out to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘I have (rafa- heal) purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer.’” 22 So the waters have been (rafa- heal) purified to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.
[* B’reshit 22; 4 On the third day בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁלִישִׁי Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance. 5 Abraham said to his young men, “ שְׁבוּ לָכֶם פֹּה Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” 6 Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on וַיֵּלְכוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם together. 7 Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “אָבִי My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” ]
This being still, being silent, holding one’s peace…or allowing Hashem to do the making of ultimate peace- has to do in both contexts with the understanding that Hashem has the situation under control. He knows precisely what He is doing and all what is to come is in accord with His will and plan. One only needs to step up to the role that has been ordained the one play and allow Hashem to do what He has to do.
The similar elements in both passages are inescapable. The chariot of fire between them (pillar of fire between Phara’oh’s army and Israel), the “where is the Lord?” statement (which the Hebrews seem to ask after the Reed sea crossing when there was ‘bitter’ water and they thirsted). The chariots and horsemen of Israel (the chariots and horsemen of Egypt).
The crossing of the Reed sea on dry ground (the crossing of the Jordan on dry ground), the salt which “heals” the bitter water (the tree which “sweeten’s the bitter water). The ‘random’ connections to the Akeidah text cause me to wonder at the significance. Here, again, we find a situation that is seemingly unbearable or impossible and yet the key players involved are walking in faith and trust and believing in Hashem’s provision for their greater good in the end.
James 3;9 With the tongue we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, this should not be! 11Can both fresh water and bitter water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers, can a fig tree grow olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. 13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good conduct, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
The Reed Sea crossing, the defeat of Phara’oh’s army, the final lesson taught by the waters (measure for measure which were used to hide and bury the blood of the Hebrew children) obeying the behest of their Creator… all came to teach us that we cannot make it happen on our own strength. Hashem is going to be the ultimate provider, redeemer and victor. We need only be quiet (for then we can truly HEAR), and witness as to what Hashem is doing in our lives.
Moshe threw the etz (the tree) into the bitter water and the people were able to drink and live.
The Torah is known as the Tree of Life (Mishlei 3:18; 11:30; 13:12; 15:4). From the Millennial Temple the Messiah Yeshua will teach the Torah (Isaiah 2;3 Micah 4;2). From the Temple there is water which flows bringing HEALING and life to all who live by it.
Yechezkiel 47; 1 Then he brought me back to the door of the house; and behold, water was flowing from under the threshold of the house toward the east, for the house faced east. And the water was flowing down from under, from the right side of the house, from south of the altar… 5 Again he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not ford, for the water had risen, enough water to swim in, a river that could not be forded. 6 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me back to the bank of the river. 7 Now when I had returned, behold, on the bank of the river there were very many trees on the one side and on the other. 8 Then he said to me, “These waters go out toward the eastern region and go down into the Arabah; then they go toward the sea, being made to flow into the sea, and the waters of the sea become רָפָא fresh. 9 It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live. And there will be very many fish, for these waters go there and the others become רָפָא fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.
Resources: Much of this entry was learned from Rabbi Gordon of Chabad.org, Bill Cloud- billcloud.org, Rabbi Richman- templeinstitute.org, Rabbi Kahn – rabbiarikahn.com, and more. See homepage on this blog and My Resources entry for a complete list of sources.
Our physical learning and these entries are in memory of Mirjam. I miss you most on weeks like this, when you always lent an ear. I miss your support and compassion, I wonder what you’d say today. I love you always. AND for the complete and total healing of Lilly, all our prayers are for your refuah selemah. So may it be.