You got this far and now what? You wonder how will you get through it? You wonder how you will get what it will take to make it through?
Imagine living through the various trials and challenges. Imagine seeing your freedom realized. Imagine seeing the Red Sea part so you can escape on dry ground. Imagine getting into the wilderness. Now what? What will you eat? How will you survive?
Where do you turn? Will you remember the miracles of the past and trust God for them? Will you pray and praise Him? Will you wine and complain? Will you trust rather than worry? Will you depend on God for today? Will you not worry about tomorrow and just trust Him for your needs today? Today’s reading begins at just such a time, let’s see how faithful God is…
Manna From Heaven
1They journeyed on from Elim, and the entire community of Bnei-Yisrael came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after leaving the land of Egypt. 2But the whole congregation of Bnei-Yisrael murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3Bnei-Yisrael said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of Adonai in the land of Egypt, when we sat by pots of meat, when we ate bread until we were full. But you have brought us into the wilderness, to kill this entire congregation with hunger.” 4Then Adonai said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. The people will go out and gather a day’s portion every day, so that I can test them to find out whether they will walk according to My Torah or not. 5So on the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather day by day.” 6So Moses and Aaron said to all Bnei-Yisrael, “In the evening you will know that Adonai has brought you out from the land of Egypt, 7and in the morning, then you will see the glory of Adonai. For He heard your complaining against Him. What are we? You complain against us?” 8Then Moses said, “Adonai will give you meat to eat in the evening and enough bread to fill you in the morning, since Adonai hears your complaints that you mutter against Him, what are we? Your complaining is not against us, but against Adonai!” 9Moses said to Aaron, “Say to all the congregation of Bnei-Yisrael, ‘Come near before Adonai, because He has heard your complaining.’” 10Then, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of Bnei-Yisrael, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of Adonai appeared in the cloud. 11Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 12“I have heard the complaining of Bnei-Yisrael. Speak to them saying, ‘At dusk you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am Adonai your God.’” 13So when evening fell, quails came up and covered the camp. Moreover, in the morning there was a layer of dew all around the camp. 14When the layer of dew was gone, on the surface of the desert was a thin, flake-like frost, as fine as the frost on the ground. 15When Bnei-Yisrael saw it, they said one to another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Then Moses said to them, “It is the bread that Adonai has given you to eat. 16This is the word that Adonai has commanded. Every man is to gather according to his needs, an omer per person, according to the number of people per household. Each man is to take it for those who are in his tent.” 17Bnei-Yisrael did so, and some gathered more, some less. 18When they measured it with an omer, those who gathered more had nothing left over, and those that gathered less did not lack at all. Every man gathered according to his appetite. 19Also Moses said to them, “Let no one save any of it until the morning.” 20However, they did not listen to Moses. Some of them preserved it until the morning—but it bred worms and rotted. So Moses was angry with them. 21So they gathered it morning by morning, each man according to his needs, and as the sun became hot it melted. 22On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each individual. So all the leaders of the community came and informed Moses. 23But he said to them, “This is what Adonai has said. Tomorrow is a Shabbat rest, a holy Shabbat to Adonai. Bake whatever you would bake, and boil what you would boil. Store up for yourselves everything that remains, to be kept until the morning.” 24So they set it aside until the morning, just as Moses instructed, and it did not rot nor were there any worms. 25Then Moses said, “Eat that today, because today is a Shabbat to Adonai. Today you will not find it in the field. 26You are to gather it for six days, but the seventh day is the Shabbat, and there will be none.” 27Yet on the seventh day, some of the people went out to gather and they found none. 28Adonai said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep My mitzvot and My Torah? 29See, Adonai has given you the Shabbat, so on the sixth day He gives you the bread of two days. Let every man stay in his place, and let no man go out on the seventh day.” 30So the people rested on the seventh day. 31The house of Israel named it manna . It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey. 32Then Moses said, “This is what Adonai has commanded. Let a full omer of it be kept throughout your generations, so that they may see the bread with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out from the land of Egypt.” 33Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put a full omer of manna inside. Store it up before Adonai, to be kept throughout your generations.” 34Just as Adonai commanded Moses, Aaron stored it up in front of the Testimony, to be preserved. 35Bnei-Yisrael ate the manna for 40 years. They ate the manna until they came to an inhabited land, when they came to the borders of the land of Canaan. 36Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.
–from Exodus 16
Don’t forget how much you can trust God! Don’t forget how He has and will meet your needs! Don’t forget what He’s done in you and through you and for you! Trust Him because He is trustworthy and faithful! Don’t worry about it – lean into and onto God! Will you stand by the leader God has given you? Will you come alongside and hold up their arms to ensure that victory is achieved? Don’t be a whiner! Don’t be a complainer! Trust God! Don’t allow trials and tests to trip you up!
Test and Quarreling
1All the congregation of Bnei-Yisrael journeyed from the wilderness of Sin in stages, according to the command of Adonai, and camped in Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2So the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test Adonai?” 3But the people thirsted for water there, and they complained against Moses and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt? To kill us with thirst, along with our children and cattle?” 4So Moses cried out to Adonai saying, “What am I to do for these people? They are about ready to stone me.” 5Adonai said to Moses, “Walk before the people, and take of the elders of Israel with you, along with your staff with which you struck the river. Take it in your hand and go. 6Behold, I will stand before you, there upon the rock in Horeb. You are to strike the rock, and water will come out of it so that the people can drink.” Then Moses did just so in the eyes of the elders of Israel. 7The name of the place was called Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of Bnei-Yisrael, and because they tested Adonai saying, “Is Adonai among us, or not?”
War Against Amalek
8Then the Amalekites came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. 9Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men, go out, and fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10So Joshua did as Moses said, and fought the Amalekites, while Moses, Aaron and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11When Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed. But when he let down his hand, the Amalekites prevailed. 12Moses’ hands grew heavy, so they took a stone, put it under him, and he sat down. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side. So his hands were steady until the sun went down. 13So Joshua overpowered the Amalekites and his army with the edge of the sword. 14Adonai said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book, and rehearse it in the hearing of Joshua, for I will utterly blot out the memory of the Amalekites from under heaven.” 15Then Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Adonai-Nissi. 16Then he said, “By the hand upon the throne of Adonai, Adonai will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”
You realize that everything is God’s? The earth and everything in it and on it! You realize He made it all and know how it all works and can use it for His glory! Will you allow Jesus to work in and through you to prepare you to be able to meet with God?
The King of Glory
1A psalm of David. The earth is Adonai’s and all that fills it— the world, and those dwelling on it. 2For He founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers. 3Who may go up on the mountain of Adonai? `Who may stand in His holy place? 4One with clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted his soul in vain, nor sworn deceitfully. 5He will receive a blessing from Adonai, righteousness from God his salvation. 6Such is the generation seeking Him, seeking Your face, even Jacob! Selah 7Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, you everlasting doors: that the King of glory may come in. 8“Who is this King of glory?” Adonai strong and mighty, Adonai mighty in battle! 9Lift up your heads, O gates, and lift them up, you everlasting doors: that the King of glory may come in. 10“Who is this King of glory?” Adonai-Tzva’ot—He is the King of glory! Selah
–from Psalms 24
Do you realize what it will take? Faith! Not works, just faith! Will you have and show your trust and confidence in God? Will you believe in the things unseen and hoped for? Will you trust God with it all? Believing credited Abraham with righteousness and to be called a friend of God!
Abraham Set Right by Faith
1What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2For if Abraham was set right by works, he has something to boast about—but not before God. 3For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4Now to the one who works, the pay is not credited as a gift, but as what is due. 5But to the one who does not work, but trusts in Him who justifies the ungodly, his trust is credited as righteousness— 6just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 7“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven and whose sins are covered. 8Blessed is the man whose sin Adonai will never count against him.” 9Is this blessing then only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? For we say, “trust was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” 10In what state then was it credited? While circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised! 11And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness of the trust he had while he was uncircumcised, so he might be the father of all who are trusting while uncircumcised—that righteousness might be credited to them as well. 12Also he is the father of the circumcised, to those not only circumcised but also walking in the footsteps of the trust of our father Abraham before his circumcision.
Trusting in the Promise
13For the promise to Abraham or to his seed—to become heir of the world—was not through law, but through the righteousness based on trust. 14For if those who are of the Torah are heirs, trust has become empty and the promise is made ineffective. 15For the Torah brings about wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there a violation. 16For this reason it depends on trust, so that the promise according to grace might be guaranteed to all the offspring—not only to those of the Torah but also to those of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all 17(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”). He is our father in the sight of God in whom he trusted, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence that which does not exist. 18In hope beyond hope, he trusted that he would become the father of many nations according to what was spoken—“So shall your descendants be.” 19And without becoming weak in faith, he considered his own body—as good as dead, since he was already a hundred years old—and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20Yet he did not waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God. Rather, he was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. 21He was fully convinced that what God has promised, He also is able to do. 22That is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23Now not only for his sake was it written that it was credited to him, 24but for our sake as well. It is credited to us as those who trust in Him who raised Yeshua our Lord from the dead. 25He was handed over for our transgressions and raised up for the sake of setting us right.
–from Romans 4
So will you believe it? Will you live it? Will you?
Will you choose before it is to late? Will you be prepared before it is too late? We all have a chance to choose! Some will choose to believe and be saved! Some will choose to not believe! Some will choose to wait on making any decision. Choose wisely and before it is too late! Watch for the signs! Don’t be fooled! Let’s be faithful that we may spend eternity with God!
1Now when Yeshua went out and was going away from the Temple, His disciples came up to point out to Him the Temple buildings. 2“Don’t you see all these?” He responded to them. “Amen, I tell you, not one stone will be left here on top of another—every one will be torn down!”
Signs of the End of Time
3As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen? What will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” 4Yeshua answered them, “Be careful that no one leads you astray! 5For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will lead many astray. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must happen but it is not yet the end. 7For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8But all these things are only the beginning of birth pains. 9“Then they will hand you over to persecution and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations because of My name. 10And then many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one other. 11Many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. 13But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14This Good News of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. 15“So when you see ‘the abomination of desolation,’ which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the Holy Place (let the reader understand), 16then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. 17The one on the roof must not go down to take what is in his house, 18and the one in the field must not turn back to get his coat. 19Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20Pray that your escape will not happen in winter, or on Shabbat. 21For then there will be great trouble, such as has not happened since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22And unless those days were cut short, no one would be delivered. But for the sake of the chosen, those days will be cut short. 23“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here’s the Messiah,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe it. 24For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and show great signs and wonders so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen. 25See, I have told you beforehand. 26“So if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. Or, ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27For just as lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28For wherever the carcass is, there the vultures will gather. 29“But immediately after the trouble of those days, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light and the stars will fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’ 30Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the land will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory. 31He will send out His angels with a great shofar, and they will gather together His chosen from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Watching for Messiah’s Return
32“Now learn the parable from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33So also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the door. 34Amen, I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things happen. 35Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. 36But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven nor the Son, except the Father alone. 37“For just as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. 39And they did not understand until the flood came and swept them all away. So shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two men will be in the field, one taken and one left. 41Two women will be grinding at the mill, one taken and one left. 42Therefore stay alert; for you do not know what day your Lord is coming. 43But know this, that if the master of the house had known what time the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and not let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
The Faithful Servant
45“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master put in charge of his household to give them food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that servant whose master finds him so doing when he comes. 47Amen, I tell you, his master will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48But if that wicked servant says in his heart, ‘My master is taking a long time,’ 49and he begins to beat his fellow servants, and he eats and drinks with drunkards, 50the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know. 51And he will cut him in two and assign his place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
–from Matthew 24