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Parashah 16:  B’shallach
After he had let go")

by Michael Bugg

Torah:  Sh’mot (Exodus) 13:17-17:16

Haftarah:  Shof’tim (Judges) 5:1-31 (Sephardic), 4:4-5:31 (Ashkenazi)

B’rit Chadasha:  Mattityahu (Matthew) 10:1-42

The Theme

While we often marvel at the lack of faith demonstrated by those the Holy One had freed with such incredible miracles from bondage to Egypt, it is all too easy for we who have been saved from bondage to sin and the world to become equally discouraged when we see the odds set against us.  Whether we are called to build a new ministry from scratch or just to raise our children to love and fear the Lord, we often face the temptation to throw up our hands in surrender and walk away.  But we have to remember that ultimately it is not we who are fighting, but Adonai who fights for us. 

When Pharaoh came against Israel at the Red Sea, he who had drowned their sons found himself drowned with his army.  When Amalek came to war against Israel’s untrained men, they could not be beaten for as long as Moses held aloft his hands—the sign of God’s favor.  When Barak fought and won against Sisera, it was because, as the prophetess Deborah had promised, the God of Abraham was on his side.  And when Yeshua sent out twelve ordinary men and told them to cast out demons, it was not by their own power that they did so, but by His Authority.

The Eternal One has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us (Deu. 31:6; Heb 13:5), even when our own loved ones turn against us.  Just as He stood with Moses when the whole camp of Israel stood against him, supported him, and rescued him, he will do the same for us—we have only to trust Him, and walk in that trust through the times of testing.




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