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Parashat Bashalach

Updated on January 27, 2018


Today is Shabbat, the 11th of Shevat, 5778 … Saturday, January 27, 2018. This week’s parashat, or Torah portion, is Parashat Beshalach, meaning, “when [he] let go”. The parashat text reading is Shemot (Exodus) 13:17-17:16, and the haftarah text reading is Shophetim (Judges) 4:4-5:31.

The children of Yisra’el have departed the land of Mitzrayim, and as the Yisra’el-ites are encamped at the shore of the Sea of Reeds, the army of the Pharaoh chased after them, once the Pharaoh realized that he just sent away his slaves.

YeHoVaH instructs Mosheh to raise his staff above the waters of the Sea of Reeds, and the water splits, revealing a path of dry ground for the children of Yisra’el to safely walk to the other side. Once the Pharaoh’s army gives pursuit on this same path, the waters of the Sea of Reeds close in on all the Pharaoh’s chariots, horses, and soldiers. Mosheh and all the children of Yisra’el sing a song of praise and thanks to YeHoVah, and Miryam, timbrel in hand, leads many of the women in dancing.

The Yisra’el-ites arrive at Marah, meaning, “bitter”, where YeHoVaH turns the water into sweet water. Next, the Yisra’el-ites arrive at Elim, where they gain a refreshing with 12 fountains and 70 palm trees.

It is in the Wilderness of Sin that the Yisra’el-ites start grumbling about not having anything to eat, specifically meat and bread. YeHoVaH causes manna, meaning, “What is it?”, to rain down from the skies each morning and instructs the Yisra’el-ites in gathering only enough for each day, double on the Sixth Day; quails appear in the evenings- the Yisra’el-ites are provided meat and bread.

The Yisra’el-ites travel through the Wilderness of Sin and next come to Rephidim, where they are attacked by but defeat Amaleq via Mosheh’s prayers and an army raised and commanded by Yehoshua (Joshua).

What does this mean for the follow of Yeshua today?

Shemot (Exodus) 16:16-30 tells of the Yisra’el-ites instructions from YeHoVaH regarding the collection of the manna for each day of the week; collecting an omer for each person of each tent (an omer is a dry measure that equals approximately 2.4 quarts), on the Sixth Day, two omers are to be collected for each person of each tent. The double portion on the Sixth Day was in preparation of Shabbat, the day set aside as a day of rest (Bereshit (Genesis) 2:2-3). The Yisra’el-ites were only to collect what each person needed, no more and no less. Of course, as with most human beings, some collected more, which rotted and stank with maggots the next morning, and some did not collect enough making them hungry before day’s end.

In a nutshell, YeHoVaH is enough … at every moment of my life.

I have had times of plenty and I have been in times of need; but, what I have realized is that YeHoVaH makes it just enough at just the right moment. I have woke up on a Monday morning and fretted and worried about milk and bread for the kids for the duration of the week, and then checked the mailbox and there would be money from someone. I have had to go to town (a 20-minute drive one way for us) and fretted and worried about having gas for the trip home, then to check my bank account to see if some awaited money had come in earlier than what was scheduled … and it did. I have known times of despair and despondency, wondering if someone, anyone might call me and tell me things are okay, and … BAM! … one of my sisters or my mom calls me, not to talk about anything in particular, but just hearing their voices made the difference. Oh, I could continue with so many more examples; but, if I were to do this, we would [quite literally] be here for years to come.

I cannot depend on my own emotions and feelings, these change from one moment to the next, from one situation to the next. I cannot completely depend upon Mark. For as much as I love Mark, and, oh how I love Mark, sometimes, he, like me, cannot keep his word because of changing emotions, feelings, or situations. I cannot depend completely on my children; oh, this is so wrong on so many levels and I will not even get into the many ways this is wrong. Who is left? Who is left that I might completely depend on and trust for my day-to-day surviving and thriving? Only on YeHoVaH can I depend for every moment is enough. Only YeHoVaH.

We will never find true rest until we come to understand that YeHoVaH is enough until we have learned complete dependence on YeHoVaH.

The bottom line is YeHoVaH is enough … at every moment of our lives.


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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting - for sure your bottom line.

      I like your use of the names you chose.


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