This Sabbath’s video Torah study at 4pm Central Time with the staff and friends of Sabbath Keepers Fellowship.
Here is the Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/4731209848
(If you can’t access that link, you may be able to join in a voice-only connection by calling 1-346-248-7799 and use the group code 473-120-9848.)
Here is your weekly commentary from Ovadyah Ben Yisrael:
B’shallach – פרשת בשלח “When he sent”
Torah reading: Sh’moth 13:17 – 17:16
Haftarah reading: Shophetym 4:4 – 5:31
Ketuvim Hatamidym reading: Alef Qorintiyim 10:1-13
Shalom aleykhem, achym, b’shem YHWH Tzavaoth~ Peace unto you, my brothers, in the name of YHWH of Hosts.
I hope you all have been faithfully reading your weekly Torah portions, which teach you the express will of YHWH for your lives. If you haven’t been, then I or anyone could teach you just about anything and you would believe it. I also hope you have been praying continually in the Ruach Haqadesh, which is the tool he has given you to discern His will and accomplish it according to His purposes. If you haven’t, then I, or anyone, might persuade you to act in ways contrary to the will of YHWH. Of course, neither I, nor anyone else would ever do such things to mislead you, right?
YHWH yilachem lakhem v’atem tacharishun ~ “YHWH shall fight for you – and you shall be still.”
Sometimes we don’t trust YHWH. Sometimes our faith dims in the face of adversity. When this happens, we usually get angry or become afraid. Whichever it is, it also usually causes us to do one thing in response – take matters into our own hands.
YHWH says we should be still in trying times and not react (or overreact) in the way Satan and the world wants us to. I have found that when I react immediately and try to fix things myself and in my own way, the result is usually worse than it would otherwise be. Conversely, I find that when I keep still and trust in YHWH to handle bad things or bad people, the result is always best. When trials come, turn automatically to the Word of YHWH and pray for your help, instead of to your own fleshly reactions. If you study faithfully and pray often enough, this can become almost second nature. YHWH promises He will fight for you. He is faithful and will do as He says. He certainly has for me. But then, how do we reconcile those ideas with the subsequent pesuk,
“And YHWH said unto Moshe: Why do you cry unto me? Speak to the children of Yisrael that they go forward. Lift thou up thy rod and stretch out thy hand over the sea and divide it; and the children of Yisrael shall go into the midst of the sea on dry ground.”
It sounds here as if YHWH is telling Moshe he shouldn’t be asking for help, that he is perfectly capable of doing things himself. In a way, He is telling him just that. However, YHWH had already given Moshe both the tools he needed to do the job, and a command to do so. The difference, then, is that once YHWH has given you the commands, and tools to do a thing, don’t stand still. Don’t quail and wait for Him to do more. Go forth in faith, and act. Only make sure, with much prayer and forethought, that you are acting with His tools and according to His will, not your own. If you have not been given sanction by YHWH to act, it is wise not to do so. Stand back and be still in those times, and YHWH will fight for you.
“I look to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from YHWH, maker of heaven and earth.”
B’Shalom, Ovadyah Ben Yisrael