16 Beshalach

וַיְהִי בְּשַׁלַּח פַּרְעֹה אֶת־הָעָם וְלֹא־נָחָם אֱלֹהִים דֶּ֚רֶךְ אֶרֶץ פְּלִשְׁתִּים כִּי קָרוֹב הוּא כִּי אָמַר אֱלֹהִים פֶּֽן־יִנָּחֵם הָע֛ם בִּרְאֹתָם מִלְחָמָה וְשָׁבוּ מִצְרָֽיְמָה׃

Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.”

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

February
8th 2020

Beshalach
“Will send”

Exodus 13:17-17:16

Judges 5:1-31

John 6:15-71
Rev. 15:1-4

Beshalach

Beshalach show us that the Children of Israel were hardly united in their response to the crisis moments that preceded their long-awaited Exodus from Egypt. Irony at the sea was the least of it. Safely arrived on the other side, the waters having formed a wall “to the right of them, and to the left,” (14:29) they immediately complained about everything specially when they arrive at Mara, the taste of the waters. This will be a pattern that persisted long into the journey through the wilderness.

Feasibly to have expected that after the people had been released from slavery, they would be able to move about freely and peacefully and enjoy a break from violent confrontations with other nations, at least until they entered the promised land; but this hope never happened.  This week's reading, describing events that befell the people immediately after the exodus from Egypt, is characterized by the motif of war.

The Torah wants us readers to know that God answer prayers and rule the course of history, but we cannot count on that outcome. The people of Israel cried out to God many times during their 400 year od slavery in Egypt to no avail. While awaiting God’s help, we must do all we can to secure our salvation.

There is always a time to pray for God. It is always time for Children of God too to get moving.