To our 9:00 am Shabbat Ark of Prayer and the Mishpacha within,
This week’s parsha is Metzora, Leviticus 14:1-15:33, 2 Kings 7:3-20, Matthew 7:3:20
In 2 Kings we see a city in Samaria under siege by the Arameans and famine is everywhere. Four lepers outside at the city gates are without hope of survival because they know that either inside or outside the city they will starve to death.
So they decide to surrender to the Arameans, who they know have lots of food, in the hope that the Arameans will feed them. They also know that there is a risk that they will be executed, but even if that turns out to be the case, they know that they will be no worse off than their current situation.
Recovery from our compulsions and character defects as well as our relationship to G-d is like that.
When combating serious compulsions and character defects, my observation and experience, is that few will choose the risk and pain of change unless they acknowledge that their life is unmanageable and they are without hope of effecting a change using their own resources. This was the state that the lepers were in BEFORE they decided to surrender to the Arameans.
But the lepers observed a solution; the Arameans had the resources to sustain life. So now they had hope which they put in the Arameans by making a decision to surrender to them.
This is like seeing someone who had a life that was unmanageable and was without hope, but now obviously has not only hope but a life full of grace, peace and the fruits of the Spirit. Observing such a life, one can become willing to take a chance that perhaps here, there is a possibility of help.
When they found the Arameans were gone, due to G-d’s agency, they eat and take some of the plunder for themselves. Then they realize, once they are sated, that it is important to share the good news with their fellows without delay.
Do you remember when you first got your G-d sized hole filled by Yeshua and you were so excited about it that you wanted to tell everyone you knew about what you discovered? We see this reaction with the lepers, outcasts from the community who certainly could have been bitter towards their fellows, as well as with people who have progressed towards wholeness.
Notice that G-d is working in the background un-noticed by most but in fact the point of the story seems to be to show the power and grace of G-d.
Many who stand on the brink of recovery never progress, because as much as they desire victory, they believe it is impossible. The officer of Israel tragically missed his opportunity for victory and freedom because of his unbelief.
The obstacles to recovery and healing are never too great for G-d, But if we fail to believe this, we may be destroyed by the obstacles that G-d could have easily removed. Imagine if the lepers had never decided to surrender to the Arameans; they would never have known what G-d had already done and would never have been able to help their fellows.
By looking to G-d for help, and placing our life in his hands, we can enjoy victorious blessings beyond our wildest dreams, in our marriages, our work and in all things.
Perhaps I am crazy, but, although I would rather not have trials and tribulations in my life, if I had to choose, I would rather have the “Peace that surpasses all understanding” during trials than not to have trials. I’d rather have the sharpness and character that comes from passing through difficult times and my G-d connectedness that is developed during those times.
I hope you find my musings this week thought provoking and helpful on your own spiritual journey and in dealing with any hurts, habits and hang-ups you may have.
Blessings to you and yours.
I hope to see you at our Shabbat prayer session this weekend.
Your brother in Yeshua in the TEVA TEFILAH,
Posted on Thu, April 3, 2014