Even as believers in the messiah Yeshua, we have adversity. How can we inoculate ourselves against doubt? At our most discouraging moments, how can we pull ourselves “out of the ditch?” How can we teach our children to trust in the G-D of our fathers, and persevere through trouble? We must daily lift our eyes, and gaze at Him who has saved our people, and offers redemption through the shed blood of His son, Yeshua haMeshiach (the Messiah). We must sanctify HaShem (the Name) of the L-RD, declaring His sovereignty in our lives, and we MUST declare and proclaim to the next generation His faithfulness. “Proclaim with me the greatness of ADONAI;
Let us exalt his name together.
I sought ADONAI, and He answered me;
He rescued me from everything I feared.”
Psalm 34:4-5 (3-4) “Blessed be ADONAI,
For He heard my voice as I prayed for mercy.
ADONAI is my strength and shield;
In Him my heart trusted, and I have been helped.
Therefore my heart is filled with joy,
And I will sing praises to him.”
Psalm 28:6-7 Daily I must recount and celebrate His mercy and His faithfulness throughout my own life, remembering how often He has provided and protected. It is our responsibility to pass on to our children (and our children’s children) a legacy of trust. In this season, as we prepare for Pesach (Passover), we are reminded that, “Some day your child will ask you, ‘What is the meaning of the instructions, laws and rulings which ADONAI our G-D has laid down for you?’ Then you will tell your child, ‘We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and ADONAI brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand. ADONAI worked great and terrible signs and wonders against Egypt, Pharaoh and all his household, before our very eyes. He brought us out from there in order to bring us to the land he had sworn to our ancestors that He would give us. ADONAI ordered us to observe all these laws, to fear ADONAI our G-D, always for our own good, so that He might keep us alive, as we are today. It will be righteousness for us if we are careful to obey all these mitzvot before ADONAI our G-D, just as He ordered us to do.’”
D’varim (Deuteronomy) 5:20-25 When we keep feasts and fasts commanded by Moshe (Moses), we commemorate G-D’s persistent love, His faithful provision, His protection and His deliverance. Through Moshe, G-D commanded these times of remembrance for our own good because He knows how we are made, and how easily we forget. The Tenakh itself testifies to the short memory of our fathers, and we are no different. Let us keep a corporate memory of G-D’s intervention in our lives and His amazing grace. May we pass on to our children a Legacy of Trust, a heritage of belief in Elohei Avraham, Yitzchak, veh Ya’akov (the G-D of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). ADONAI brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand. It will be righteousness for us to remember and declare that the L-RD is our shield and our defender.
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