Parasha With Passion – Weekly Torah Reading Cycle – Week #42-43
In this week’s Parshah, Moses recounts the children of Israel’s journey through the wilderness, remembering the miracles that Israel experienced in the desert. Parashat Matot (tribes) and Parashat-Masei (journey) are often read together as a combined Torah reading.
Parashat Matot-Masei reads like the same kind of retelling that anyone might do following a family trip. The children of Israel’s journey in the desert evolved as they went along. They did not know what they would encounter between Egypt and the Promised Land. Likewise, our lives are an evolving journey. We too do not know what we will encounter between promise and fulfillment.
We can glean a lot from Parashat Matot-Masei. However, what ministered to me the most is that when we reflect we can see the hand of God in our journeys. When we make a step toward the future, we often remember the past; how we got to this place, what we learned, the people we met, the experiences we gained, the good times we had, and the people we lost along the way.
Moses noted the miracles along his journey and shared them with us through this recounting. We must do the same. As we experience the miracles of everyday living, we should share them with others and acknowledge that God is the source of all miracles.
I have always enjoyed reading the Tanakh. I can relate to the stories. The people are flawed – just like we are. They often find themselves in impossible situations – just like we do. We are just like our forefathers, who journeyed through the wilderness and struggled with rebellion, sin, unbelief, stubbornness, and other spiritual battles.
Like the children of Israel, we are each on our journey of emunah (faith). As we walk with God, we are being changed from glory to glory. Just as God led the children of Israel through the wilderness, grooming them, shaping them, until one day they were ready to obtain their earthly inheritance. God will do the same with us; we too shall obtain all that God has promised.
“I am sure of this very thing—that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the Day of Messiah Yeshua.”
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