“Sweet and Sour” by Ariel E………
This Weeks Torah Portion is Beshalach: “When He Sent”
Haftarah: Judges 5:1-31
Priesthood Readings Acts 19-23
“SWEET AND SOUR?”
Todays Reading Exodus 14:1-13
1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. 3 Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ 4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD .” So the Israelites did this.
5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” 6 So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. 7 He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. 8 The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. 9 The Egyptians-all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops-pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon. 10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD . 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” 13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.
- 1. Sweet and Sour: Trusting God in the face of certain Death
- God Command the Israelites to turn back toward Egypt!
B. They have finally left Slavery and God causes them to turn back toward their oppressors
C. Why Didn’t God take them the Direct Route?
D. God was setting a trap for their enemies, and treating the Israelites as Sons; WE NEED TO STOP ASSUMING EVERYTHING BAD OR DETRIMENTAL THAT APPEARS FROM ONE DAY TO THE NEXT IS PUNISHMENT FOR SOME EVIL DONE. GOD IS NOT PUNISHING YOU—BECAUSE HE ALREADY BORE YOUR PUNISHMENT UPON THE TREE! THE “PUNISHMENT COMPLEX” IS A CATHOLIC CHURCH HANGOVER MINDSET THAT IF WE SUFFER ENOUGH WE JUST MIGHT BE WORTHY OF RECEIVING—WRONG. WE RECEIVE BASED UPON GRACE THROUGH STEADFAST OBEDIENCE TO YHWH’S TEACHING AND INSTRUCTIONS.
2. Read Hebrews 12:7-12
3. Moses Is Instructed To Uplift His Staff over the Water of the Sea
A. The sea is a type of mankind tossed by the waves; Moses Staff represents the Torah that is lifted in Synagogues around the world each Shabbat—it is the TREE OF LIFE—the only way of survival! Even as Moses Staff caused a supernatural reaction—so too will inputting the Torah in our lives cause us to overcome the crashing sea.
B. Moses is commanded to raise his staff in these verses which comes from the Hebrew word Mattah (Strongs 04294) which means “Staff—Rod—Branch—Branch of Vine!” Moses is instructed to hold (TORAH)—or said another way–Yeshua up over the waters.
C. The waters part in two massive walls of water
One for the House of Judah-The Second for the House of Israel (Those coming back from Christianity) –the two brothers Ephraim and Judah whose reunion separated the dead from the living!
D. Pharaoh and His Army represents the worldly system
E. Israel passes through the water on dry ground—for the dry ground was safety for those fleeing the systemic madness of Egypt—just like those who follow Torah today –have answers to all that could never be answered by those who followed the ways of the Roman Harlot and her daughters.
F. Pharaoh’s army pursues in the midst of the waters—just like our old nature wants to follow us as we begin living our new Jewish lifestyles until such time that the water comes back together
G. The coming together of Judah and Israel—like the walls of water—will crush the enemy for all times in your life! When Pharaoh’s Army pursued the Children of Israel it was not until the walls came together—and stopped being separated that the enemy was killed once and for all. The Devil IS defeated—not will be some day whipped and defeated. The Scripture says he was left waste at the foot of the execution tree; once we start living like born again Jews—not messianic Jews—but as full-fledged members of the covenants of Abraham—then and only then will you see the end to the enemy in your lives—even as Moses and all Israel saw the end of the greatest Army the world had ever known.
4. The Three Day Journey
A. Following this great deliverance the Israelites travel for three days
B. Jesus is a Greek name—in Hebrew His name is “YESHUA” which means “Great deliverance”—or Salvation!
C. This three day journey was all it took for a slavery mindset to come back upon the Israelites. The three days also would foreshadow a time when Yeshua would lay in the Tomb which could not hold him. All the Talmidim (Disciples) had known was life and death—not life and death and life again. The three days in the Tomb would cover the three dispensations of Israel from the Time of the first King David– to the time of Herod and the Sanhedrin appointed by Rome—a type and shadow of our time walking in the Roman Church ways–to the time of The Son of David’s Return—which is us today as we follow the Torah which is once again in our lives as our guiding light.
5. The Waters of Marah
A. The three days represents Israel’s being without Torah for 3000 years—it also represents repentance: Torahs Goal in our lives! Many today believe that Jews think that salvation comes by obedience to laws; however this is far from true—or there would be more of a push to rebuild the Temple and restart the sacrifices. No; Jews believe that salvation is the gift of a Torah following lifestyle by gracious obedience—or faith. We should all work hard to dispel this myth told slanderously against our brothers and sisters.
B. When our soul is not fed the Torah—we can become grumblers
C. They couldn’t drink the water they found—because it was bitter-This is Strong’s word 04843 meaning Marah—bitterness
D. Like the Israelites, we cannot enter covenant because of the bitterness of sin in our lives. 1 John 3:4 says that “Sin is the absence of Law—or Sin is Lawlessness.” If you have no Torah in your life –face the fact that you have no Jewish Messiah in your life for they are one in the same….this is why many peoples “Christianese” walks have become “Marah” or bitter and we see things like fornication, homosexuality and rampant divorce in the lives of people who profess to be believers. NO TORAH—NO MESSIAH—KNOW TORAH—KNOW YOUR MESSIAH
6. Moses throws the wood into the bitter water
A. The wood represents the Tree of Life-Torah—When this water representing the Spirit-touches Torah—there is Life!! We can partake of God’s Teaching and Instruction—not the bitterness of Laws
B. God warns the Children of Israel against being a grumbler-Are you a Grumbler?
C. Exodus 15:6 says, “He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD , who heals you.”
7. This was long before the writing at Sinai
A. This teaches us that the principles of Torah have always and still govern the earth
B. This also shows that these principles have been around since before they were in Egypt, before Abraham, before Adam
C. It is ONLY our adherence to them—in all areas of our life—that our lives go from bitter to sweet!
8. Following God leads them to the place called “Elim”—or “the beautiful Oasis.” Is your life a beautiful oasis or is your life a bitter swallow of water that you deal with from day to day? You have been grafted into the natural Olive Tree that IS ISRAEL—NOW—NOT LATER—BUT RIGHT NOW. You –YES YES YOU—are the fulfillment of YHWH’s PROMISE TO OUR FATHER ABRAHAM which was made thousands of years ago. Abraham sees this day and is glad as each of us walk out our life a sand on the seashore of the sweet waters that are provided by YHWH. At Elim—the sweet oasis we find the following;
A. There are 12 Springs and 70 Palm Tree’s—THE 12 SPRINGS REPRESENT THE 12 UNIFIED TRIBES OF ISRAEL REUNITED AFTER THOUSANDS OF YEARS—AND THE 70 PALM TREE REPRESENT THE 70 FORMER GENTILE NATIONS WHICH ARE NOW THE JEWISH PEOPLE WHO HAVE BECOME REFRESHING FOR THOSE WHO WILL ONLY COME OUT OF THEIR EGYPT AND FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS IN THE OASIS OF ELIM—WHO IS MESSIAH YESHUA YHWH.
B. The 12 tribes are to present the living Torah to the 70 Nations of the World—supplying them with LIVING WATER (Yeshua)
C. The Living Water that flowed in the Garden of Eden still flows out to us today—but grumblers and bitter people cannot receive it!
D. We must not forget ALL Gods mighty deliverance in our lives—and be BUSY taking TORAH to ALL NATIONS while there is still time!
Shabbat Shalom and Shavuatov
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