Parasha With Passion – Weekly Torah Reading Cycle – Week #45
Parashat Va’etchanan (and I pleaded) begins with Moses pleading with God to allow him to enter the Promised Land. God, refused Moses’ request, but allowed Moses to view the Promised Land from Mount Pisgah also known as Mount Nebo.
After forty years, of leading the children of Israel through the wilderness, entering the Promised Land was Moses’ dream. However, due to Moses’ display of pride and rebellion at Meribah, God disqualified Moses and prohibited him from entering the land of promise.
I struggled with Moses’ fate for quite some time. I always felt that Moses’ punishment was quite severe in light of all that Moses had to put up with for forty years. However, through the children of Israel God would build a nation and His people. Therefore, no matter how great Moses was, God could not build a nation on rebellion.
Moses, Gods’ trusted servant, failed when he struck the rock (rather than speaking to the rock) at Meribah, bringing attention to himself rather than God. Yet, God in His mercy did not destroy Moses. God was not finished with Moses. God wanted to do something in Moses and through Moses.
In Luke 9:28-36, we see Moses again, on another mountain-top, the Mountain of Transfiguration where Moses (who represents the Law) and Yeshua (the fulfillment of the Law) came together.
Run To The Rock
As Messiah Yeshua prepared to fulfill His destiny and go up yet another Mt. called Calvary, the Bible says that Moses appeared in glorified form to speak to Yeshua concerning His departure, which Messiah would soon accomplish eight days later in Jerusalem.
Suffering and death is no small pill to swallow. Messiah would experience both suffering and death as He offered Himself as a ransom redeeming humankind from sin.
The Bible tell us that throughout Yeshua’s ministry He often went to a solitary place to commune with the Father. At times, the Father spoke audible words of affirmation to Yeshua, and sent angels to bring Him comfort.
The Bible is silent about the details of Moses’ conversation with Yeshua on Mt. Transfiguration. However, what we do see clearly is that Moses received a second chance to speak to the rock. The ROCK of salvation – Yeshua Messiah!
1 Corinthians 1:4:
“…and all drank the same spiritual drink—for they were drinking from a spiritual rock that followed them, and the Rock was Messiah.”
This time, as Moses stood before the ROCK, he was obedient and he spoke to the ROCK whatever Father God instructed him to say. Although Moses had failed in obedience at the rock at Meribah, Moses would experience redemption by the ROCK of Ages. Moses did not get to see the Promised Land. However, Moses did get to see the promised One. Which is our ultimate goal as well.
Like Moses, our mistakes often keep us from experiencing God’s best. However, when we blow it, God never leaves us at failure. God’s ultimate goal is redemption.
When we experience God’s discipline and shaping, we must always remember that God is a good Father. God loves us even when we struggle. He understands us so well. God loves teaching us how to walk with Him. God is so confident in His ability to redeem us that even our mistakes often become the very tools that He will use to transform us. Run to the ROCK.
“When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the ROCK that is higher than I.”
Weekly Scripture Reading:
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26
Next Torah Reading: Eikev