To our 9:00 am Shabbat Ark of Prayer and the Mishpacha within,
This week’s parsha is Ha’azinu: Deuteronomy 32:1-52, 2 Samuel 22:1-51, Romans 10:1-13.
Ha’azinu is Hebrew for "listen" when directed to more than one person.
I wish that when I call on the L-rd for help, my problems would go away by themselves and that I would not have to take any action or change anything about my behavior. But we all know that the Bible teaches that we are to be transformed.
For reasons I do not understand, hardship is a pathway to peace and transformation. Whacking me with G-d’s whoopee stick to instantly remove all my troubles without any struggle on my part does not seem to bring the same refinement, strength and hope that dealing successfully with struggle brings.
Young’s Literal Translation Bible reads Deuteronomy 32:9 as: “For Jehovah’s portion is His people; Jacob is the line of His inheritance.” A line is a rope. Since we Messianics have joined Jacob’s olive tree, we are roped to Him as well.
I love the analogy of a rope. This strong rope binds me to Him; my soul to His holiness.
The rope means that G-d is always with me, even when I fail; even when I lose my struggle with food and use it to medicate. Our Father sits compassionately with me while I am filthy and in pain and expectantly waits for my return to Him; still connected to me.
Just as a rope is comprised of many strands which give it strength, my relationship with G‑d is complex and made of many strands. In the parsha, Moses and King David listed teachability, faith, grateful praise, boldness, mercy, justice, love, integrity, humility, strength, wisdom, loyalty as things that true worshipers have in their relationship with G-d and those around them.
Strands also include my physical self and my physical actions; time with my congregation; time in His presence studying and praying; my internal thought life.
The G-d of the 613 mitzvots cares deeply about my relationship not only to Him but to you and all those around me. Neglecting compassionate, thoughtful, caring action, mitzvots, for others breaks strands in my rope and weakens my connection to G-d.
And I can tug on the rope. This can be a good or bad thing. When I tug in need, G-d comes closer to me and I can more fully experience His wisdom, healing and strength. But when I fall, like a climber on a cliff face, it has an impact on what others see of G-d’s person, like splattering mud on someone so you can not see the true color of their cloths. So what I do has implications for G-d and His kingdom.
To “listen” is to be roped and to be sensitive to the hum of its vibrations.
May you be blessed this week, as you “listen” for G-d amongst the routine of your life for opportunities to share your experience, strength and hope with someone that can use a mitzvot, your light and love.
I hope that if you are able, you will join the9:00 amShabbat Teva Tefillah. We pray for the Temple, for Israel and our government.
Blessings to you and yours. May this week be G-d filled and peaceful within the storm.
Your brother in Yeshua in the TEVA TEFILLAH,
Posted on Thu, September 25, 2014
by Kurt Wilson