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We gather together weekly for Hebraic worship, Biblical teaching from the Hebrew perspective, Messianic Dance and caring fellowship.

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Rabbi Amnon & Rebbetzin Lynette Shor

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Messianic Lifestyle Class - 2 PM
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Shabbat Service - 4 PM
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Oneg after Shabbat Service
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THE CLOUD AND THE FIRE

GUIDE ISRAEL — WHEN THE CLOUD MOVES

On the day the tabernacle was put up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, that is, the tent of the testimony; and in the evening, over the tabernacle was what appeared to be fire, which remained until morning. So the cloud always covered it, and it looked like fire at night. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tent, the people of Isra’el continued their travels; and they camped wherever the cloud stopped. At the order of ADONAI, the people of Isra’el traveled; at the order of ADONAI, they camped; and as long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they stayed in camp. Even when the cloud remained on the tabernacle for a long time, the people of Isra’el did what ADONAI had charged them to do and did not travel. Sometimes the cloud was a few days over the tabernacle; according to ADONAI’s order, they remained in camp; and according to ADONAI’s order, they traveled. Sometimes the cloud was there only from evening until morning; so that when the cloud was taken up in the morning, they traveled. Or even if it continued up both day and night, when the cloud was up, they traveled. Whether it was two days, a month or a year that the cloud remained over the tabernacle, staying on it, the people of Isra’el remained in camp and did not travel; but as soon as it was taken up, they traveled. At ADONAI’s order, they camped; and at ADONAI’s order, they traveled -they did what ADONAI had charged them to do through Moshe. [Vayikra (Leviticus) 9:15-23 CJB]

This pillar of cloud and fire directed and determined all the motions, marches, and encampments, of Israel in the wilderness.

As long as the cloud rested upon the tabernacle, that long they continued in the same place. They would naturally long to be in The Promised Land quickly, yet as long as the cloud rested, if it was a month or a year, they rested [Vayikra (Numbers) 9:22]. There is no time lost while we are waiting God’s time. It is an acceptable place of submission to the will of God to sit still contentedly when our lot requires it as to work for Him when we are called to it.

When the cloud was taken up, they moved, no matter how comfortably they were encamped.

If it moved by day or night, they did not delay to follow its movement [Vayikra (Numbers) 9:17-21]. The people, being kept at constant uncertainty, and having no time fixed for stopping or moving, were to hold themselves in constant readiness to march upon very short warning.

It is uncomfortable staying when God has departed, but very safe and pleasant going when we see God go before us and resting where He appoints us to rest.

This is repeated again and again in these verses, because it was a constant miracle, often repeated, and never failed in all their travels. It is mentioned by King David in Tehillim (Psalms) 105:39 and by the people of God after their captivity in Nechemyah (Nehemiah) 9:19-20. The guidance of this cloud is spoken of as signifying the guidance of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) in Yeshayahu (Isaiah 63:11-14).

This teaches us about the particular care God takes of His people.

Nothing could be more expressive and significant of God’s tenderness of Israel than the guidance of this cloud. It led them by the right way [Tehillim (Psalms) 107:1-7]. The promise is sure to God’s children that He will guide them by His counsel [Tehillim (Psalms) 73:24], and will guide us eternally [Tehillim (Psalms) 48:9-14]; the children of God shall be led by the Spirit of God [Romans 8:14], He will direct the paths of those who in all their ways acknowledge Him, [Mishlei (Proverbs) 3:6], and our steps are ordered by the Lord [Tehillim (Psalms) 37:23].

When the cloud moved, Israel moved. When the cloud stayed, Israel stayed.

Israel only went where the presence of God led them, and they only stayed where the presence of God stayed. Let us, as believers today, be like the children of Israel in this manner of obedience to God, and be led by God’s Word and His presence.