Torah Portion DEVARIM – Devarim (Deutoronomy) 1:1-3:22
Throughout all their journeys whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out; but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up. Exodus 40:36,37
Shabbat shalom dearly beloved!
The Covenant Journey of our lives can only be fulfilled if we move with the Cloud of Glory, the manifested Presence of YHVH. The journey started from captivity in Egypt to the freedom of the Land of Promise, the Land of Israel and since its very beginnings the Cloud of His Presence was there to guide them, protect them and accompany them.
YHVH was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. Exodus 13:21
There was a time when the People of Israel enraged the Almighty so much with idolatry and complaining that He decided after Moses pleas of mercy, to send them to the Land of Promise without His Presence. They would be granted a Land that flows with milk and honey, houses to live and all the financial abundance and blessings that their hearts desired but without The Cloud of Glory or the Pillar of Fire, without His manifested Presence. An Angel would lead them there but without YHVH. Moses would not have it,
Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?” Exodus 33:15,16
In order to live the Covenant Life we must learn to cherish His Presence more than His Blessings, His Face more than His Hands, His Glory more than all riches. What distinguishes us as His People is not the amount of money we have in our bank accounts or any possessions we may have but it is the Cloud of Glory, it is His manifested Presence. There are many people that have many riches but they are not DISTINGUISHED by His Presence.
Do not be mistaken to follow the crowd on this, rather follow the Cloud!
There was a time that Yeshua was tempted by the devil in the Wilderness of Judea after He had been fasting for 40 nights and 40 days. Satan offered to Yah’s Jewish Son all the kingdoms of this world and all its riches if He would bow down and worship him, this is what Yeshua answered,
Again, the devil takes Him to a very high mountain and shows Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Then Yeshua says to him, “Go away, satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship Adonai your God, and Him only shall you serve.’” Then the devil leaves Him. And behold, angels came and began to take care of Him. Matthew 4:8-11 TLV
Too many people are missing the Cloud of Glory and have forfeited their Covenant Life because they are running after “the kingdoms of this world”, their own lives, their own careers and “making a living”. They have it all upside down! We are called to Move after the Cloud of Glory, not after the blessings and the riches! This is what the world does!
In due course, when we run after Yah and Move with Him, journeying with Him through the course of our lives, we will have His Blessings RUN AFTER US AND OVERTAKE US!
Now if you listen obediently to the voice of Adonai your God, taking care to do all His mitzvot that I am commanding you today, Adonai your God will set you on high—above all the nations of the earth. Then all these blessings will come upon you and overtake you, if you listen to the voice of Adonai your God: Deuteronomy 28:1,2 TLV
When we make Him to be our Shepherd, we indeed will not want. In this case He will lead us through mountains and valleys, hard times and easy times, but He will be with us, the Cloud of Glory will go before us when needed and behind us to stop our enemies from catching up with us and even to prepare a banquet for us in the presence of our enemies. When we run after Him, goodness and mercy run after us and pursue us until they catch up with us!
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of Adonai forever. Psalm 23:6
And the most important thing is that we will dwell in His House forever! Eternity is very long beloveds! When we Move with The Cloud of Glory, our Eternal Abode is His Presence. And only in His Presence is fullness of joy and pleasures untold!
Sometimes we will have much, sometimes little but all of it will be for the purpose of learning to walk the Covenant Life in obedience to Him and worship Him alone and not the god of mammon and our own self-seeking, self-comforts and self-centered life.
In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. Deuteronomy 8:16
Ask yourself the question
Am I moving with The Cloud of Glory or with my own desires? Am I running after Him in the path of faith and obedience to His Commandments or am I running the rat race of “making a living”, fulfilling my dreams” and “pursuing my own wellbeing”? To this Yeshua said in very clear ways.
He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 10:39
What good does it do to run after your own life and desires only to lose it eternally? We never know when our life will be required from us and it is not a matter of age at all.
Last night I heard about a young husband that stopped for his wife to nurse their two months old baby on the side of the road. A truck smashed into their car, the 28 year old mother and the 2 months old baby were killed on the spot and the husband, may Yah have mercy over him, is still fighting for his life in the hospital. Do you really know when it is your turn? And when that turn comes, what will you take with you?
And I’ll say to myself, ’O my soul, you have plenty of goods saved up for many years! So take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! Tonight your soul is being demanded back from you! And what you have prepared, whose will that be?’ So it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich in God. Luke 12:19-21
The Exodus route of the People of Israel had 22 stops between Sinai and Kadesh Barnea.
The Cloud of Glory had them camp and dismantle camp 22 times!
Are you too comfortable to move when He says move? In that case, you will lose the Cloud of Glory of His manifested Presence and you will remain alone in your own “comfort zone” in the desert. Except without the Cloud of His Presence there is no protection from serpents and scorpions or from the scorching heat.
His Presence does not move or stay with you unless you move after Him.
Whether it was two days or a month or a year that the cloud lingered over the tabernacle, staying above it, the sons of Israel remained camped and did not set out; but when it was lifted, they did set out. At the command of YHVH they camped, and at the command of YHVH they set out; they kept YHVH’s charge, according to the command of YHVH through Moses. Numbers 9:22,23
Are you in any religion?
Do you still want to stay in Christianity “as usual” when for more than 50 years HE has been calling the Church to go back home to the Gospel made in Zion, with Jewish Roots, Shabbat and Biblical Feasts, Holy eating, Holy giving, Holy living, FULL baptism and infilling of the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues, spiritual gifts, signs, wonders and miracles and the name of Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah and Savior?
THE CLOUD OF GLORY HAS MOVED!
Are you moving with the Cloud or are you moving with the crowd?
Pray with me
YES Abba, I surrender all, please forgive me for compromising my walk with You. Thank you for giving me the power to live for you. Come Holy Spirit, fill me and guide me to please the Father and walk under and move with the Cloud of Glory in Yeshua’s name.
The cloud of Adonai was over them by day when they advanced from the camp. Whenever the Ark would set out, Moses would say: “Arise, Adonai! May Your enemies be scattered! May those who hate You flee from before You!” Then whenever it came to rest, he would say: “Return, Adonai, to the myriad thousands of Israel!” Numbers 10:34-36
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