Friday, February 3, 2012

When He sent / Let go

Midrash 02-04-2012 - Hebrew: Beshalach - English: When He sent / Let go
Torah: Exodus 13:17-17:16
Haftora: Judges 4:4-5:31
Brit Chadashah John 6:22-40

This commentary is based on Exodus 14 and 15 where we read about the Children of Israel crossing the Red Sea, leaving their slavery and misery behind them, in Egypt.
In this story of the Exodus, the Egyptians are a symbol of your sins that used to keep you in bondage.  Pharaoh is a symbol of hasatan, who does not want to let go of you, much less to worship God.  In fact he comes back at you to attack you full force.

Exodus 15 we read: “The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them”.   This shows his hatred.
In Exodus 14 we read that Pharaoh got ready by preparing his army which included all his chariots, his best men of war, captains, horses, and weapons;  then he went after the children of Israel. But the children of Israel went out with a high hand, a powerful hand, El Gibor, God almighty who conquered the Egyptians. In Isaiah we read. “For when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him”. The word for lift up a standard in Hebrew is “noos”, nun, vav, samech, it means to flit (depart or die), as in to vanish away, to subside, to cause to escape, chase, impel, abate, be displayed, to make to flee away, put to flight, to hide.  Clearly, the LORD of hosts is our defender.

There is a brutal war between light and darkness, and you are in it; and you can only have victory if you understand the greatness of God’s love for you.
The Red Sea is a symbol of the blood of Messiah Yeshua.  The children of Israel were crossing it, this reminds me of the cross of Messiah.  The enemy was drowned in the Red Sea just as our sins were cast into the depths of the sea to be forgotten for ever.  The crossing took place during the night, it was dark.  The angel of God and the pillar of cloud were situated between the Egyptians and the children of Israel.  This meant darkness and trouble to the enemy but light and assistance to Israel.  In Psalm 23 we read “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me”.  By morning they had crossed the sea and the enemy had been conquered.  "for weeping (and chaos), may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”.  Israel rejoiced and danced.

When Yeshua died at the cross it became dark, there was lightning and thundering.  The veil of the temple was torn in two, giving us access to the Holy of Holies. The Red Sea parted in two, to give the children of Israel access to continue their journey to the Promised Land.  For God is pursuing you to have intimacy with Him.  He has loved you with an everlasting love.  He indeed loves us with furious love.  Cry out to Him, He is your helper.

For your light affliction, beloved, is but for a moment, and it works for you a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.  He will sing over you with songs of deliverance and rejoice over you with love.  As Yeshua was glorified, we will also be glorified.  So anguish and tribulation are really opportunities for Adonai to show you his love and delivering power.  Trust Him.  When Yeshua died on the cross, the enemy thought he had conquered, but that was really the moment when the enemy himself was conquered.  Haman was hanged in the very gallows he prepared to hang Mordecai, Pharaoh and his great army were drowned in the same place they thought they had trapped Israel.  The enemy was overtaken, conquered, killed.  All of them.  O beloved, this great victory is ours today, now.  Put your hope in God and cheer up, for you have yet to praise Him.

You have to pass through the darkness to be able to experience the light in its fullness. The Spirit himself took Yeshua to the desert to be tempted of the devil, but Yeshua conquered and so will you.
So, hold on a little while longer.  Be strengthened with the power of the Ruach, (the Wind, the Spirit) for Meshiach lives in your heart; and gives you wisdom and revelation as He anoints you in your desire to get to know Him more and more.  Let your roots grow deep into His love as you stand strong, so that the width, length, depth and height of His great love for you is revealed to you; as you are filled with all of His fullness. He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly beyond your comprehension and experience.  His strong life-giving and resurrection power works in you.  Nothing can separate you from His great love, so give Him glory and honor and praise.  Halleluyah!