Parasha With Passion – Weekly Torah Reading Cycle – Week #21
In Parashat Ki Tisa (when you take), God instructs Moses to take a census and an offering. Also, God instructs Moses on how the basin for washing should be used, how to formulate the anointing oil, and appoint skilled craftsman to construct the tabernacle furnishings.
Also, in Parashat Ki Tisa, the Sabbath is given as a perpetual sign as a covenant for God’s people, Moses experiences God’s glory, and the people make a golden calf. Wow, what a power packed Torah reading! However, I believe that all that the children of Israel experienced in this Torah reading can be summed up in one word: PURPOSE!
Tikkun Olam – Restoration To The World
God has a PURPOSE for everything He does. From the beginning, God had a purpose when He called Abraham the father of many nations. God had a purpose when He called Moses to lead His people. God had a purpose when He brought the children of Israel out of Egypt. God has a purpose for you and for me.
Tikkun Olam is God’s redemptive purposeto restore a fallen world and fallen humanity back to the perfect order that He intended at creation. God’s plan for humanity is laid out in His Word like a road map to destiny. The story of humanity began in a paradise. The story of humanity will ultimately culminate in an everlasting paradise. From Genesis to Revelation, God has laid out His plan of redemption through Messiah Yeshua. God’s redemptive plan begins with Israel and spreads to the nations.
“Those who come, He shall cause to take root in Jacob; Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.”
God’s word says that when we “take root” in Israel, we will bear fruit that will fill the entire world. God wants to bring hope to humanity and restoration to the nations – repairing one life at a time.
Tikkun Olam – Discipleship
We make Tikkun Olam possible when we become God’s instruments of restoration by taking an interest in others. The word Tikkun Olam causes me to reflect on how from childhood God shaped my life through strengthening relationships with Jewish people. My destiny was shaped long before I walk in its realities.
I am reminded of Ms. Abrams, my 6th grade science teacher, a Jewish woman who took interest in me and tutored me after school. In 1983, Ms. Abrams arranged a field trip for her science club to attend the Israeli Embassy.
I can remember vividly wearing my best dress and black patent-leather Mary-Jane shoes. We were a group of about a dozen African-American children that didn’t even know what a Jewish person was.
On our field trip, we learned about life on a kibbutz and enjoyed an Israeli lunch. We learned about the history of Israel and learned the steps to an Israeli folk dance. I was exposed to the world in which I was to belong. I fell in love with Jewish people that day.
What I love about Messianic Judaism and the Jewish world in general is that you will find those who will invest their interest in you. Let me tell you beloveds, people don’t invest in that which they do not believe.
I am also reminded of my dear friend Janice. Janice was a secular Jewish college student and a volunteer from the National Capitol Region Big Sisters program. Janice poured herself into my life and took me on outings every weekend from the time I was fifteen years old until I graduated High School. Janice and I remain good friends to this day.
Janice didn’t just expose me to Jewish culture, Janice made me feel like I belonged to the Jewish culture. Janice taught me that friendship and love can conquer all racial, ethnic, and cultural barriers.
Janice had a phenomenal impact on my life as a High School student; so much so, that I asked my History & World Culture teacher, if I could invite my Jewish friend to conduct a Passover Seder for our class. My teacher agreed.
So, during Passover, in the spring of 1990, thirty plus High-School students, participated in their first Passover Seder at Cardozo Sr. High School. Since I was a child, Jewish people have been pouring into me, and I have been pouring into others; inspiring others to embrace a deeper level of intimacy with God. I have always been zealous to see people connect with God. That’s my passion. That’s my purpose. That’s tikkun olam for me!
Beloveds, God wants to use you to bring tikkun to wounded souls and broken lives. Let me tell you beloveds, the enemy will do everything he can to thwart your destiny and to keep you from walking in your purpose – but HANG IN THERE. All the disappointment, the struggles, and trials will be worth it when the glory of Messiah Yeshua is revealed and He reigns from Zion!
“And give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.”
How Can We Bring Tikkun Olam?
I believe that we bring tikkun olam to others when we walk in our purpose. God will often allow us to go through situations that will cause us to stretch, mature, and transform into the people He wants us to be. If we feel unable to do what God asks, we are in good company. Just ask Moses how he felt when he stretched his rod over the Red Sea.
God has a plan for our lives. That plan is to walk in relationship with Him and bring glory and honor to His name. When we live our lives with purpose, and invest in others, we bring tikkun to the lives of those around us.
Beloveds, take the time to invest in someone. You don’t know the reach that you will have in the lives you touch. In 1983 Ms. Abrams lit a spark in me. Janice came along to fan the flames. Today, God is using Rabbi Aaron and Rabbi Michael to refine and develop me.
In January 2019, I began TheGodBlog.Org as a place to pour out God’s inspiration and motivation. Within one month, God has used this tool to bring hope and restoration to viewers from all over the world! That’s Tikkun Olam! To God Be The Glory!
Tikkun Olam is the heart of God for His people. Beloveds, I believe that we are going HIGHER in 2019! I pray, that God’s purpose for your life will become CLEAR. I pray that you will begin to PRODUCE THE OIL that will fuel your PURPOSE so that you will be an instrument of RESTORATION in the lives of those around you! I believe that God has increased our capacity to carry His Word with BOLDNESS, so that HIS NAME is GLORIFIED on the earth! Amen.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Weekly Scripture Readings:
Torah: Exodus 30:11-34:35
Haftarah: 1 Kings 18:20-39
Next Torah Reading: Vayakhel