Messianic Torah Portion Va'era "And I appeared"
Va'era "And I appeared"
Shemot (Exodus) 6:2-9:35
When a believer is not serving in the position that complements his or her calling, the entire body suffers. This is because HaShem has given each individual a specific calling that fits him or her perfectly into the body. 1Corinthians 12:18-26 states "Now God has set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it." Properly placing believers into positions that match their callings is crucial for the body of Messiah to function the way HaShem wants. An individual who serves in a position that matches his or her calling brings honor and glory to the whole body. Therefore, finding the place that HaShem has called an individual to serve must be one of the highest priorities in every group of believers. Va'era is a good example of how HaShem prepares people to serve in positions that match their calling. The way HaShem prepared Moshe to match his calling should be an example for all believers to follow. HaShem prepared Moshe, to match his calling by giving him an anointing, a testimony, and a purpose.
Discerning an individual's anointing is the most important aspect of placing a believer where he or she is called to serve. Moshe was called to deliverer the Children of Yisrael from Egyptian bondage. Therefore, Moshe was given an anointing that was complementary to his calling. Shemot 6:2-8 in the Complete Jewish Bible states "God spoke to Moshe: he said to him, "I am Adonai. I appeared to Avraham, Yitz'chak and Ya'akov as El Shaddai, although I did not make myself known to them by my name, Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh [Adonai]." Moshe's calling to lead the Children of Yisrael out of Egyptian bondage required an anointing that personified the authority of HaShem. Therefore, Moshe's anointing for this purpose came when he was given HaShem's personal name. The authority of HaShem's personal name empowered Moshe to speak as if HaShem himself had spoken. Shemot 6:6-8 states "Therefore, say to the children of Israel, to the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD." The anointing of HaShem's name gave Moshe authority over Pharaoh and over the Children of Yisrael. Therefore, Moshe could fulfill his calling as an emissary of HaShem's authority on earth. The authority of HaShem's name was crucial to Moshe's ability to fulfill his calling. Like Moshe all believers are anointed to fulfill their callings. Therefore, determining an individual's anointing is required to properly discern where the individual fits in the body.
Testimony is the second requirement for determining where an individual is called to serve. Shemot 7:17-20 states "Thus says the LORD, In this you shall know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall loathe drinking of the water of the river. And the LORD spoke unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out your hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone. And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood." Turning the water into blood was one of ten testimonies that witnessed to the Egyptians, as well as the Children of Yisrael that HaShem had truly called Moshe. Every believer is given a similar ability to testify of his or her calling. Every believer is gifted in the area that testifies of his or her calling. In Moshe's case he was gifted with a knowledge of HaShem that exceeded all other individuals. All believers' are given gifts that testify of their callings. When you discover your testimony you will discover where to serve HaShem. As a result your God given talents will be uniquely suited for the position.
Knowing the purpose of a specific calling is also required for understanding where HaShem has called an individual to serve. The purpose of Moshe's calling was not only to deliver the Children of Yisrael out of Egyptian bondage, but also the deliverance of any individual willing to submit to HaShem's authority. Shemot 9:19-21 states "Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die. He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field." People among the servants of Pharaoh who were willing to submit to HaShem's authority brought their livestock under cover, to protect them from the hail. By forewarning the Egyptians that hail was coming, Moshe extended an opportunity to the servants of Pharaoh who were willing to submit to HaShem. Therefore, the purpose of Moshe's mission was not only to deliver the Children of Yisrael, but to also offer an opportunity to the Egyptians. Knowing the purpose of an individuals calling is crucial to placing the individual in a position where he or she can fulfill that purpose.
Placing individuals in the proper positions in the body is crucial to the health and welfare of the whole body. To know where an individual has been called to serve requires knowledge of the anointing, testimony, and purpose of the individual's calling. Moshe's anointing, testimony, and purpose all pointed to Moshe's calling as a deliverer. Until an individual's anointing, testimony, and purpose are revealed; he or she cannot be placed in the position HaShem has created for them to serve. Therefore, as believers it should be our highest priority to discover our anointing, testimony, and purpose so that we fit into the body where HaShem called us to be.
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