Today YHVH spoke so clearly from His amazing Word during our daily Torah, Haftarah and Brit Chadashah reading. We started two fresh cycles of reading on Simchat Torah (Oct. 25th this year): A YEARLY cycle of the traditional Jewish Parashah Table, where Jews read a specific portion of scripture each week on Shabbat: and a daily reading schedule, where we read each portion sequentially each day (except Shabbat which is devoted to the Parashah Table), so today we are on #36 (since we’re on the 36th day of reading following the new cycle’s beginning on Oct 25th, 2016).
In today’s Torah portion (#36) we read in Numbers chapter 9 how Moses was asked by two men concerning what they should do regarding Passover observance (Numbers 9:6-7). They had been in contact with a dead person, and so were not ceremonially clean to observe the Passover. It was a question that had never come up before. Moses didn’t just haphazardly issue a response from his head, but rather said unto them, “Stand still, and I will hear what the LORD will command concerning you.” (Numb 9:8) And the next verse says, “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying….” (Numb. 9:9) God gave Moses the answer to the question. We too need to learn to do this. It’s easy to sometimes just speak from our minds, but it’s far more important that we always take time to inquire of the LORD. And don’t feel pressured to give an answer. Sometimes I get asked, “Please come on such and such a date to our big event.” I will respond, “Just wait, I’ll ask YHVH His will on the matter.” I’m not afraid to tell someone, “Stand still, and I will hear what YHVH will command concerning you.” And I don’t let the fact that they are standing there make me feel rushed to give them an answer. God always will respond, when we seek Him earnestly.
We also read a chapter each day from the Gospels, today was Mark 8. Beginning at verse 31 we read: “And Yeshua began to teach [His disciples] that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And He spake that saying openly. And Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him. But when Yeshua had turned about and looked on His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get thee behind me, Satan: for you are not mindful of the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.” It might have been a noble thought on the part of Peter, to say, “No way Jesus, you’re not going to die!” But WHO was saying this? Truthfully, in a moment Peter had gone from being someone enlightened concerning the true identity of Yeshua being the Messiah, the Christ, to now being an agent of Satan through his man-centered thinking! We too need to always be aware, just because we might feel a certain way in our flesh, we must always be sensitive to GOD’S WILL! Otherwise we too can be unwittingly used by Satan to try to thwart God’s purposes! (What a sobering thought!)
We also read one chapter from Acts each day, so today we read from Acts 4. Peter and John had gone to the temple (Acts 3:1-11) and through them God healed a 40-year old man who had been lame from birth. “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Yeshuah the Messiah of Nazareth rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. and he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praise God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the gate called Beautiful of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.” (Acts 3:6-10). Peter then declared, “Yeshuah’s name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong. . . . Yes the faith which comes through Yeshua has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” Everybody in Jerusalem knew the lame man, for he had been begging for alms at the temple for many years, and as a result of this mighty miracle five thousand people believed (Acts 4:4) when Peter preached who Yeshua was.
But the priests, temple captain, and the Sadducees were upset with what happened, and put Peter and John in prison overnight, and the next day brought them before the high priest Annas, his family, and leader Caiaphas to give account. No one could deny that what had happened was indeed a mighty miracle from God. “The leaders said among themselves, ‘What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a remarkable miracle has been done by them known to all that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.’ And they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Yeshua.” (Acts 4:16-18)
“But Peter and John answered and said unto them, “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:21)
So there are definitely times in our lives when we must follow the voice of God, rather than just follow our heart, our head or our feelings, or even the words that leaders may tell us! We truly need to LISTEN to what God says concerning the matter!
Have you had such a time in your life? I have. And it’s not been easy. But always, when we will listen to what YHVH, Yeshua and the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) have to say concerning a matter, we will be emboldened to obey the voice of God, rather than our own thoughts, or the voice of man.
I have much more to share and will do so shortly. This is just the beginning of some of what YHVH has spoken to me today through His wonderful word! How I love to read and hear from Him! May God bless you all!