Today’s Torah Commentary from Exodus 18:24 - 27
The Second Book of the Torah, “Shemot,” “Names.”
This weeks reading is “Yitro,” “Jethro.”
Today’s reading concerns Moshe/Moses instituting a system of leaders throughout the people. Leaders who will govern over the judgments needed within the community.
Moshe has appointed these leaders to handle the smaller cases concerning the people and the community, bringing the more complicated cases to Moshe.
This has all happened at the recommendation of Yitro/Jethro, Moshe’s father in law. Jethro saw that Moshe was only one man, he could not possibly continue being all things to all the people, it would have utterly destroyed him, mentally, physically and yes, even spiritually.
We have witnessed this even in our own time. Today the body of Messiah has yet to outgrow this habit/addiction to having some leader, Rabbi, Preacher, Teacher, Evangelist, etc., tell them what to do as opposed to us learning it for ourselves.
It takes a great deal of maturity, discipline and open mindedness to actually look into the Word of GOD, the Torah, and learn it for yourself.
It requires time, diligence, research, and yes, it requires a Rabbi/teacher to point us in the right direction sometimes, to help us find the answers to our questions.
A wise Rabbi once shared this invaluable point, “We don’t study the scriptures for answers, we study them for more questions.”
If you have all the answers to everything you believe you need to know about GOD, the Word and/or living a “good life,” then you have been terribly mislead.
We never know enough, much less all we need to, about the Word, for it is a “Living Word,” that brings new life, fresh water and continual growth.
You see, there is never enough to learn about the Scriptures, for by there mere essence, it would be impossible.
The more we learn about the Torah and the Scriptures, the more we realize we don’t know.
Are you confident in what you know of the Word, or are you confident you will never learn enough?
Does this excite you, learning more and more about the Word, or does it still overwhelm you causing you to cringe, believing the lies of the enemy that its too much to even begin learning?
Do not be defeated before you even try. Likewise, do not rely on someone else to teach the word to you, you have to learn it for yourself!
Be humble enough to ask for help and mature enough to do your own work!
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