B’Shallach (After he had let go)
John 6:25-35; 19:31-37
Finally! A Formula!
Have you ever thought that it would be nice if HaShem had given us some formulas in scripture? In this weeks Torah portion, we find one. The Hebrews have left Egypt with wagons full of “stuff” they have been given by their old neighbors, and they now begin the exciting journey to the Land of Promise. What are the chances of it not going the way they all planned it to go? Knowing a bit about The Almighty, well, you know the answer to that one.
The first item in the formula for getting all these people from Egypt to Canaan is not to take them on the easy route, but rather on what, from their view, would be a round about way. Yes, the first lesson to learn is that He is not as concerned about getting our physical being from one place to another, but rather working on our spiritual being, which always takes time and effort.
The second thing He does is take them to a dead end so there would be no direction to look but up. While they are standing with a large body of water in front of them, mountains on each side and a bunch of angry Egyptians beginning to breathe down their collective necks, Yah now says not to fear. No problem! Fear never crosses your mind when you are in a situation like this. Yeah, right!
Third on the list is to stand still. This is a tough one. In the midst of dire circumstances the last thing most of us want to do is stand still and do nothing. Human need of survival tells us someone needs to do something. The key to being able to stand still is in the Hebrew word used here, yatsab. The word means to present oneself and stand with someone. This takes us back to step two in that He does not stand with a person who is presenting themselves before Him in fear instead of faith. So for us to be “still,” we must present ourselves to Him in faith, knowing and being confident that He will deliver us through our trouble.
Step four brings us to a word we considered a few weeks ago, ra’ah, which is translated as “see”. It is not to only see with our eyes, but to perceive with our whole being. What is it Yah desires for us to “see?” The answer is quite simple. He desires us to see Him. The word in 14:13 which is translated as “salvation” is the word Yeshua.
Let’s take a break form the formula and think this through. He has orchestrated all the events of the last year or so of their lives for this one reason, so they could come face to face with Him. If we could all get this point it would have a great impact on our lives. No matter where you or I stand today, the purpose for the journey which brought you there is to see Him face to face.
Now it is time to move on, and this is where it gets fun, for this is where the miracles begin. Angels mess with the lug nuts of the chariot wheels and pillars of fire move with purpose through the sky. Of course we also see that little parting of the waters thing which leaves the guy who once thought he was a god laying dead on the shore waiting for the next seagull feeding time.
At this point it would seem the formula for deliverance is complete, but there is still work to be done before the fullness can be realized. The journey still has many twists and turns before we can get to the destination. There will be bitter waters and opportunities to gripe, complain, and say we can not go on. During the journey, most will forget about the formula which got them where they are. They will exchange faith for fear, forget Who is standing with them and begin to see with only their eyes. Very few will continue and make it to the end.
Today, many of us find ourselves in situations we never dreamed of. At times it can be like the proverbial rock and a hard place. It looks like not only is history repeating itself, but He is repeating Himself. We are people just like they were. The formula which was used for them is once again being used. The question we must ask is will we walk in it and find Him or find ourselves as bones scattered in a wilderness? (Click to Source