Shabbat Shalom!

Torah Portion:  Chol HaMoed Sukkot

Torah Reading:  Exodus 33:12-34:26

Prophetic Reading:  Ezekiel 38:18-39:16

Maftir Reading:  Numbers 29:17-22

“Dependence Upon HaShem”

Although there are many aspects to the Feast of Tabernacles, a primary one is to demonstrate dependence upon HaShem. This was the major lesson that G-d wanted to teach the people during the forty years in the wilderness. It was very clear that the faithless generation died in the wilderness and only those who trusted in the redeeming G-d entered into the Promise Land. When Israel did not demonstrate this faith and dependence upon G-d, the people went into exile. Despite what some teach today, exile did not end Israel’s relationship with HaShem; rather it was for the purpose of healing this relationship and maturing Israel to become G-d’s faithful servants.

A very critical chapter in the New Covenant is John 6. This chapter contains some of Yeshua’s most difficult teachings— the type of teachings that require a great amount of faith and dependence upon G-d. It is not a coincidence that in this section Yeshua spoke about Israel’s time in the wilderness. Yeshua taught about the Manna and how without it Israel would not have survived. Yeshua compares Himself to this Manna and that in the same way it was absolutely necessary to partake of the Manna to live, so too must one receive Yeshua to find life in the Kingdom.

It is very significant that in this chapter when Yeshua speaks about receiving Him, He says,

‘Amen Amen I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life in you.” John 6:53

Please notice the emphasis on the word eat. This is not the common Biblical word for eating; rather, it relates more to an animal eating. According to Jewish culture, eating is more in regard to fellowship, while animals eat because of the necessity to survive. Yeshua chose this Biblical word to teach that without receiving Him one will not survive spiritually (or physically).

The Children of Israel observed the Feast of Tabernacles to remember their dependence upon G-d. Why not celebrate this Festival remembering the True Manna, the Bread of Life, Yeshua the Messiah and our absolute need to trust Him and depend upon Him for all things.

5 thoughts on “Shabbat Shalom!”

  1. Thank you for doing the torah portions!
    Explaining eating as an animal for survival, Yes we eat for fellowship but
    Also for survival … also thank you thank you.

  2. Amen! Do not depend on man, his generosity or will but know that Yeshua is our Manna we need to survive and to lead us into His Kingdom! And i am grateful for being blessed with double portions weekly to share with a family! And He protects me and mine from harm and evil! At the closure of this food bank changing to the Shabbat i know the Blessed One will open up a new door for my mission to help others in need. But i will not fall into the trap defiling Shabbat that is holy to my Lord! He provided double portions the day before and so we shall keep it. Thank You my Lord for Your nourishing food and refreshing waters to feed my body and spirit! Amen

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