"Say, therefore, to the Israelite people:
'I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. ‘I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. ‘And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the LORD.’
Do you ever find it absolutely incredible that Moses, having been brought up in the way of the Egyptians became the very shepherd under G-D's hand that would lead His people out of Egypt? It has always struck a chord within me! A song begins to play in my spirit that I can't quite explain ...no words to express ... so do I dare simply say ...
"Shall We Dance?"
Moshe [Moses] is a foreshadow of Yeshua (Jesus) who is THE Good Shepherd who willingly laid down His life for the sheep! What is it that stood out to me about him today as we are walking through this Passover week? It was a journey for Moshe to go from the place of "Egyptian Prince" to "good shepherd." I guess we could say in one sense that Moshe had to go through his own "passover experience" before he could then lead others out from the same place which he had come. So let us briefly look at that journey and a few points that came to my heart ...
The words of Ezekiel 34 come flooding in ...
"And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying: 2‘Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, even to the shepherds: Thus saith the Lord GOD: Woe unto the shepherds of Israel that have fed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the sheep? 3Ye did eat the fat, and ye clothed you with the wool, ye killed the fatlings; but ye fed not the sheep. 4The weak have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought back that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force have ye ruled over them and with rigour. 5So were they scattered, because there was no shepherd ..." (interesting to read the entire chapter).
Moshe was being prepared for the call of G-D on his life ...
Through all that he learned about Egypt IN Egypt, through all the difficult trials that lead him to the wilderness, it was in this very place I believe he learned the most valuable lessons that would prove to be absolutely key and most valuable in leading G-D's people out from the very wilderness Moses had already walked! WOW!!! Awesome G-D!!!
Only He can turn the wilderness of our lives into
the most beautiful landscape we have ever known ...
... "our Promised land" if you will, whatever that looks like for each of us. And this is exactly what HaShem is doing in me and for me ... not for me alone, but for all those who have ears to hear the story He is longing for us to hear ...
...the greatest love story ever told!
For me ... Passover last year was very different to where I stand today in this year's Passover: He called me to the walk through the wilderness with Him ... I took His hand with as much trust as I was able and gave Him permission to lead the way ... I knew not of where we were heading when I suddenly found myself in the thick of the darkest hours of my soul! I was suddenly dealing with the reality of dissociation ... almost like I was meeting "4 year old me" for the first time. "She" had run away from life and her "job role" became - if you like - the "keeper of the memory box" where early years trauma left me "frozen in time and space" ... until "such a time as this!" I was battling with all the post-traumatic stress symptoms that came with each of the hidden memories - rising to the surface like waves crashing onto the shores of my heart ... leaving me overwhelmed at times, sweeping me off my feet, knocking me off balance to find myself on my knees and breathless!!! And as they broke over me, I often felt broken all over again, leaving me wondering at times how I would ever continue in this life that I knew would NEVER EVER be the same!! Would I ever find "normal" life again ... and if I did, what would it look like? How would things be? WHO would I be? I walked through a darkness that I had never experienced before ... and I was being IRREVOCABLY and forever changed!! And in my brokenness, as hard it was so many times ... I can honestly say that I somehow knew that I was being broken for a purpose ... "FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!" AND I GIVE HIM THANKS AND GLORY FOR IT ALL!!! My heart extols my G-D and my King!!! Let His praises ring ... as my soul sings ...
A Praise of David.
I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
For I TELL YOU TODAY ...
...in the midst of that darkness was
THE BRIGHTEST LIGHT I have EVER seen!!!
And His name - LIGHT OF THE WORLD WHO STEPPED DOWN INTO DARKNESS - is Yeshua HaMashiach! There were times I felt the intense reality of what I only know how to explain now as being a small taste of being separated from G-D ... AND IT WAS AWFUL!!! It may sound crazy, but I do not lie when I tell you it was like a "small taste of hell" ... as if I had suddenly found myself sitting around a table in a very dark place and I was being served the most disgusting meal I have EVER had ... and I NEVER wanted to re-visit! So just as it is in Jewish custom ... I symbolically folded my napkin as I stood and left that table forever! Just as Yeshua's folded napkin found in the tomb where He once laid (John 20:6-7)
I stand today with a deeper knowing in my heart that NOTHING ... NOTHING!!! Can separate us from the love of G-D which is in Yeshua the Christ (Romans 8:38-39) ... no power of hell, not even death itself!! And I tell you ... I know the reality of the One who had already conquered fear and death, won the victory over the grave and hell!!! Yeshua had my hand the entire time and not once did He let me go!!! Even when I feared I would fall ... even when I felt I was hanging by the weakest of threads ... even when I could see NO light at the end of the tunnel and felt that darkness would totally consume me ... HE WAS THERE!!! He held me ... and He kept me safe ... and He has brought me to a place of safety where I stand today ... Just as He promised He would the day He took me by the hand and asked me to dance with the whisper of
"May I ..."
I tell you ... HE KEEPS HIS PROMISES!! AND HE PROMISED TO RETURN FOR HIS PEOPLE - HIS BRIDE! AND A PROMISE IS A PROMISE ... A GIFT IS A GIFT ... AND IT CANNOT BE REVOKED! Yeshua HaMashiach came as a gift unto the world that man would be saved and reconciled back to G-D as Father. So if you do not know the gift He has given - the gift of salvation given through the Sacrificed Lamb who is without blemish, His blood shed at Calvary - NOW is the time ... THIS is the time ... THIS is the HOUR ... I urge you, do not delay, for time is short! And what a day it will be - that "great and terrible day" ... a bitter-sweet encounter - much like the charoset and maror we partake of during this Passover Feast! Bitter and sweet both together all in one!! Sweet for those who are found safe in Him, but also with GREAT sorrow as we stand and look on at those we love so dearly who have missed the opportunity ... HOW my heart weeps!!! If it is so with me who is a mere woman, HOW MUCH GREATER it will be with our G-D who is also our Father ...
For I proclaim the name of the LORD:
Ascribe greatness to our God.
He is the Rock, His work is perfect;
For all His ways are justice,
A God of truth and without injustice;
Righteous and upright is He.
Some might ask ... "why would a loving G-D allow us to walk through what so many of us walk through?" We don't always understand, and there can be many factors that contribute to some of the things we face in life, but this one thing I know ...
G-D is love! He is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy (Psalm 103:8) HIS GREAT LOVE IS FOR US!!! He gives us free will choice but always with a heart that longs for us to choose the path He knows will lead us to life and not death (Deut. 30:19).
WHAT GREATER LOVE COULD WE EVER HOPE TO FIND?
Passover ... to me personally ... is the most beautiful Love Story I have EVER experienced! The G-D of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ... The One who sent His only begotten Son that we would have life in abundance!
The Good Shepherd ...
"Behold! Lamb of G-D who takes away the sins of the world!"
GREAT I AM ... THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD!!!
CHAG PESACH SAMEACH!!! HAPPY PASSOVER!!
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