I have been reminded this morning of Miriam, and the song and dance she lead after the song of Moses in Exodus 15. It is amazing to think of the other Miriam we see in Luke and the parallel and link between Moshe and Yeshua ... the song of Moses is also found in Revelation! My heart whispers, "He is the same yesterday, today and forever!"
Come ... dance with me ...
Can we see His footprints all the way back from the beginning - "B'reisheet" - travelling all the way through to the end - "Revelation?" My heart cries ... "Yes, yes, and yes again!" So let us look again ... what do we see ...
What is it that struck me the most about these two women and the parallels we see? Both women sang a song of praise to their G-D ... but they actually sang it BEFORE they received the fullness of the promise He had given them. WOW!
For Miriam in Exodus, she was seeing the fulfilment of prophecy in all that had taken place through Moses - the promised son who would deliver G-D's people. They were about to enter the wilderness ... they had not yet entered the land ... BUT THEY SANG!!! AND THEY DANCED!!! WOW!!! "Abba, that we would have hearts like Miriam ... to look up and know our redemption is near even when we don't actually know just how far away that may be!" When G-D makes a promise, He keeps it ... He speaks and He acts! The time in between the two may not be according to our time frame, however, this one thing I know ... the One who tells us "our frame was not hidden when we were made in the secret place" is the very same One whose timing is always PERFECT! From beginning to end.
And for Miriam in Luke ... she also had been given the promise of a son whose name IS Salvation! Interesting to see that there would be a fore-runner in John the Baptist who came to prepare the way of the L-RD, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 40:3 ~ "
"The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the L-RD; make straight in the desert a highway for our G-D."
"Moshe also travelled the desert, leading G-D's people all the way. I look and I see how Moshe was preparing the way of the L-RD just as John the Baptist would later in history. Interesting to think that neither got to actually walk in the fullness of the promise, BUT they both SAW what G-D had promised coming to pass! Prophecy being fulfilled before their very eyes! WOW!
Are we seeing the same today? Are we seeing prophesy playing out before our very eyes? And while we know not when redemption may come, we look up with the promise of "IT IS NEAR!" Will we sing and dance and give praise to our G-D, PROCLAIMING HIS NAME!!! even in the midst of our hardships, hanging fast to the words He has whispered to our hearts even when our hearts feel utterly broken, even when we feel lost and our eyes cannot yet see the fullness of that promise? "Please Abba, Father ... give us eyes to see beyond what is right before us ... and ears to hear the whisper of Your heart for us as Your children. Help us to stand strong in the Truth of Your word, in the power of Your love and within the safe boundaries of your instruction (Torah) ... even when haSatan does his utmost to drown out Your voice and cause us to doubt ... help us to discern, to HEAR Your voice AND OBEY ...
"Sh'ma O Israel, the L-RD our G-D, the L-RD is One!"
And one final thought before I finish ... there are many I could share, but I just couldn't not mention this one ...
In Exodus 15:22, it tells us that Moshe caused Israel to set out from the Sea of Reeds. They went on into the wilderness of Shur; they travelled for three days and found no water ... until they came to Marah which means bitter. Because of the bitterness, they were unable to drink. The people grumbled and Moshe cried out to the L-RD who then showed him a piece of wood; Moshe threw it into the water and the water became sweet. So ... bear with me because there is a thread of thought He lead me to follow ...
He got my attention with the wood which also caused me to think of 3 days and bitterness ... my eyes turned to the wood Yeshua would carry ... the wood to which He would be nailed and on which he would hang ... the wood from where He would cry out to His Father ... the wood where He would become a curse for all mankind that we could walk free into the promises of all He has for us as children and heirs. The wood that would defeat hell and death once and for all as He rose again 3 days later ... the wood from where Yeshua made it possible to turn all that was once bitter into sweet waters for those who drink of His cup ...
Yeshua HaMashiach - The Fountain of Living Waters!
Interesting to see that the very next words that came from Moshe after the waters turned sweet were: "If you will heed the L-RD your G-D diligently, doing what is upright in His sight, giving ear to His commandments and keeping all His laws, then I will not bring upon you any of the diseases that I brought upon the Egyptians, for I the L-RD am your healer. Which calls to mind that the 1st Miriam was found in the time of the Exodus - DELIVERANCE - and the 2nd Miriam was found in Luke, the physician ... HEALING. They go hand in hand as we walk with our Messiah who is both healer & deliverer - SAVIOUR of all mankind!
Yeshua HaMashiach - The Living Torah!
All that we need is found in Him and His word of Truth, but we must learn how to appropriate all that He did on that wood so that we can be set free from the curse of sin and sickness. Yeshua holds the keys to every circumstance in our lives; in Matthew 16:19, He tells us He will give us the Keys of the Kingdom, and in Revelation He proclaims to have the keys of Hades and of death. KEYS OPEN AND CLOSE DOORS.
So much there, but you get the idea ... I encourage you to "follow the trail" and see where He might lead you ...
So ... finishing where I started, with Miriam's song, the question is ...
"Shall We Dance?"
This life is a journey ... one continual dance. We may find that there are many twists and turns, ups and downs ... sorrow and disappointment. There will be times we are breathless with the beauty of the dance, and there will be times when we are disappointed by a fall; there may be thrills and spills, spins and sins ... not one of us are perfect ... BUT there is ALWAYS THE HOPE OF HIS PROMISE and there is NOTHING THAT CANNOT BE REDEEMED when we place our hand in the safety of His strong right arm - Psalm 89:13. We may trip over from time to time, or feel like we have lost our way ... BUT He knows exactly where we are because He never sleeps, never slumbers! His eye is ever watchful over His precious children. There can be so much uncertainty that can cause us to fear, so much rejection that can cause us not to hear ... but this one thing I know ... if we will take His hand and follow Him in this dance, He will NEVER let us go even when we feel like we are hanging by a thread. If we will fix our gaze on Him in the times we feel we have slipped from His grasp, we will suddenly turn to find His gaze has never left ours and His hand has been there all along. He will lead us and guide us even when we may feel completely lost. And consider this ... surely it is better to step onto the dancefloor of the unknown to find the most beautiful dance of all, than to never have stepped out and find ourselves left-out of the Great Ball.
The L-RD bless you and keep you as you "keeeeeeeeep dancing" ; )
Song of Moses by Paul Wilbur
Miriam's Song (Exceeding Joy sung by Rose)
Stay tuned and we'll see you on the next dance floor ... Shalom Shalom!
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