Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 01/27/2018

TWO MIGHTY MIRACLES!!

MI-KAMOCHA ADONAI!! Who is like you Lord!

In Judaism each week a portion of the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy) are the focus for believers. This past week the portion was called B’SHALACH – WHEN (HE) LET (THEM) GO Genesis 13:17 – 17:16. It is the section where Moshe (Moses) led the Israelites out of 430 years of captivity in Egypt, when Pharaoh finally let them go after multiple plagues and the first Passover. Here is a portion of the portion, from the song of Moses:

Exodus 15: 11 Who is like you (Mi-Kamocha), Lord, among the mighty?
Who is like you, sublime in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders?
12 You reached out with your right hand: the earth swallowed them.
13 In your love, you led the people you redeemed; in your strength, you guided them to your holy abode.

BIRTH OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL – THE PEOPLE

The descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had ended up in Egypt due to Jacob’s son Joseph’s having saved them and all the Egyptians from a 7 year famine. Unfortunately, however, as they multiplied, decades later Pharaohs who hadn’t known Joseph, feared the Jews would take over and so placed them under slavery. However, God was using this slavery as a way to unify and solidify His chosen people. They were already a separate people due to circumcision, instituted under Abraham; but they also were unified by their dreams of the promise of a homeland one day, by the fellowship of oppression, and ultimately by the possession of a unique law and the only monotheistic religion known to humanity at that time. Their destiny was and is to be ‘blessed to be a blessing’ (Gen. 12:2-3)

Parted-Red-Sea– So on the night of the Passover, 2.5 million Jewish people with their animals and spoils from the Egyptians began their escape from Egypt and slavery. At the Lord’s command, Moshe (Moses) stretched out his hand across the Sea of Reeds and one of the mightiest miracles of all time happened when the Lord sent an extremely strong east wind and parted the waters, leaving a path of DRY ground, about 9 miles long for them to travel on. The pillar of fire that had led them to this point moved behind them to block the chariots of the Egyptians who had decided to try to get them back and were pursuing them.

-This was a huge and mighty act of redemption – truly miraculous –

MI-KAMOCHA!! WHO IS LIKE YOU!! When the children of Israel had all arrived to safety, Moshe again stretched out his hand and the waters descended back and covered all of the pursuing Egyptians. Moshe led them in the Song of Moses (Ex. 15) and Miriam, his sister, led another song and dance with her tambourine!

On the long journey ahead the Hebrews experienced alternating fear and faith, regret for leaving and praise for redemption. In every case, the Lord comforted them like the nurturing Father He is, with water, quail, manna, good health, discipline and laws for them to live by, for their own good.

BUT AN EVEN MIGHTIER MIRACLE WOULD COME!!

THE RE-BIRTH OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL – THE LAND

-Jeremiah 23:7-8
“So then, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when people will no longer say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ 8but they will say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ Then they will live in their OWN LAND.”

TencommandmentsIsrael – Miracle Nation

After Moshe obtained The Law, the 10 Commandments from God, 40 years to the Promised land, the Hebrew people forgot the Lord, took pagan wives, worshiped their pagan gods, idols. . . . So, the Lord, twice in history banished His people to the 4 corners of the world – over 100 countries where, although they intermarried somewhat, mostly they remained a PEOPLE, remembering the religion of their ancestors, celebrating the moedim (holy days from Leviticus 23), yearning for their homeland – “next year in Jerusalem”. So, after almost 2,000 years, the Lord forgave them, not because they had repented but because of his mercy and to prove his faithfulness to His own promises.

INGATHERING to ancient homeland after 2,000 year Dispersion – MI-KAMOCHA!!!

In the late 1800’s – almost as if a ‘Homing instinct’ had been implanted in them set to go off at a certain time in history, Jews all over the world began to take action on their yearnings, and began to emigrate to the land of Israel.

 “I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,”says the LORD your God.” (Amos 9:15)

-National Identity – Adonai had preserved them as a people – MI-KAMOCHA!!!

Dispersed to over 100 nations, yet maintained their Jewish identity and heart connection to the Land
-Ezekiel 36:24-28
24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you from all the countries,
and return you to your own soil.
25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean;
I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness and from all your idols.
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit inside you;
I will take the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27 I will put my Spirit inside you and cause you to live by my laws,
respect my rulings and obey them.
28 You will live in the land I gave to your ancestors. You will be my people,
and I will be your God.

-A Nation born in a day – MI-KAMOCHA!!!

On May 14, 1948 – despite overwhelming odds the Land Of Israel was declared by the UN to be a sovereign nation. This was the second MIGHTY MIRACLE OF GOD!

Immediately after this six armies attacked them, yet they prevailed – nations were amazed. Yet, this was prophesied 3000 years ago:
“Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons” – Isaiah 66:8

-Dead Language revived – MI-KAMOCHA!!!

Coming from many countries/languages, the children of Israel needed a common language. Thanks to Eliezer Ben Yehuda – Hebrew is now the native tongue to millions of Israelis – for both the sacred and mundane.

“For then will I return to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent. (Zephaniah 3:9)

IsraelMap-A depleted, tired land restored – MI-KAMOCHA!!!
In the late 1800’s Mark Twain had visited Israel calling it “ugly, a blistering, naked, treeless land, squalid, filthy, deserted”. But today the “desert is blooming” – it is beautiful, fertile, covered with trees, a leading source of produce, wine, flowers in the world. Doctors, lawyers, other professionals had given up their professions to learn agriculture and this resulted in the world’s foremost irrigation and desalinization processes. It seems that when the Jewish people are there in the land, it flourishes, when they are not, it doesn’t.

“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom. ” (Isaiah 35:1-2)

– Miracles in battle – enemies have and will continue trying to destroy them till Yeshua returns but they will never be removed from the LAND!

Today there are 6.5 million Jews in Israel – 8.5 million total population.

MI-KAMOCHA ADONAI!!! WHO IS LIKE YOU, O LORD!!!
 

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