Tuesday, 2 February 2021
We have just read the Torah reading called B'Shalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16). Shalach means "he sent." Of course in Exodus 13:17, Pharaoh is sending the children of Israel into the desert, finally, after 10 plagues. But God did not lead the people on a direct route to the promised land.
I want to pause here for a moment to appreciate what God is doing today. We also have a destiny. Our "promised land" is the kingdom of God, both now and when Yeshua returns. But God is not leading us directly there, but through many trials and challenges (just like the children of Israel spent 40 years in the desert). Why God? He has given us the answer in the same verse.
Exodus 13:17b "The people might change their minds if they see war and return to Egypt." Today God is building an army made up of His people who will unshakeably and eternally reflect His character. Ephesians 4:11-13 He "Himself gave some to be emissaries, some as prophets, some as proclaimers of the Good News, and some as shepherds and teachers — to equip the kedoshim for the work of service, for building up the body of Messiah. This will continue until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of Ben-Elohim - to mature adulthood, to the measure of the stature of Messiah’s fullness." An army is built (trained) to follow orders and fight as commanded.
God wants us to stand and fight in the day of battle. Isaiah 54:17 "No weapon formed against you will prosper and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of Adonai's servants — their vindication is from Me." It is a declaration of Adonai. Our heritage is our inheritance and our destiny.
Two years ago the theme of Camp Shom'rim Tze'irim (Young Watchmen) was "Unshakeable." I keep coming back to it as an important word from the Lord for His people today.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,