Parsha Nitzavim-Vayelech: Deuteronomy 29:9-3:30, Isaiah 61:10-63:9, Romans 10:1-13

To our 9:00 am Shabbat Ark of Prayer and the Mishpacha within,

This week’s parsha is Nitzavim-Vayelech: Deuteronomy 29:9-3:30, Isaiah 61:10-63:9, Romans 10:1-13.  

Because G-d created “everything” and “It was good”, I believe we possess in our Divine soul an inherent, deep-seated love for G-d. I believe we therefore do not have to force ourselves against our nature to love G-d. We already have a hidden ability to love Him even though we are evil and corrupt at a fundamental level; all we have to do is open ourselves up to this love, allowing it to manifest itself.

But feeling this love, where my feelings come and go, is one thing; making it permeate my life and the overflow pour out to others, is another.

When G-d sealed the covenant between Him and the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, by pronouncing the curses and threats given there in this weeks parsha, He made every Jew mutually responsible for the behavior of all other Jews with whom he or she had contact.

While I would never presume to know the mind of G-d, I do believe that this responsibility calls us to action in our relationships with those around us ... to not shrink away from engagement. Love for those around us, even strangers because they are the most sacred things this side of Heaven, makes this engagement possible.

Vayelech is Hebrew for "then he went out". Nitzavim means, ”You are standing” or “to stand firmly”.

To stand or to stand firmly means consistency to me. As a Messianic, I believe I must be consistent and dependable and firm.

But standing firmly does not mean standing still. Together with Nitzavim comes Vayeilech, which means “then he went out.” A Messianic can never remain standing in one place, immobile.

My goal then, for me and I hope for you, is to entrench this love in my/our daily lives so that it becomes a permanent fixture of my/our being. The indication of whether my hidden love has permeated my life is if this love has affected my behavior—my/our way of thinking, talking, and acting.

I find gladness and feel a closer presence with G-d when I have had an opportunity to do good to others to make their lives better and the lives I touch better. In my recovery program, this is called, acts of service. I need to be vigilant, available and willing to be of service to G-d and those around me. This needs to be a priority because G-d makes it a priority.

But imagine in today’s world being held accountable for the actions and beliefs of Obama, your neighbors, your boss, your subordinates, even your adult children and your parents, or just the people at TAJ. To me, since it is impossible to control the beliefs and feelings of others, this is a very scary prospect when I am held accountable to the G-d that created everything.

So while I believe I have an obligation to provide support as well as correction as part of my everyday life, I do so very imperfectly. Fortunately I also know that G-d is not only just, he is merciful and provides forgiveness to all that repent and seek reconciliation. This knowledge prevents me from hyperventilating about my accountability for others without eliminating my responsibility.

As Messianic believers we should feel strongly and confidently about being believers and stand proudly. We have every right, and even an obligation, to be bold and fearless. Nothing in the world should be able to budge us, today, tomorrow, next week, and next year. 

May you be blessed this week, “when you go out” to the routine of your life, with the opportunity to share your experience, strength and hope with someone that can use your light and love.

I hope that if you are able, you will join the 9:00 am Shabbat 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,

Kurt

 


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