Releasing the Rope: Be in the world but not of the world
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to fellowship with fellow Hebrews and learn from fellow Torah researchers, Zack Bauer & Rob Skiba, at the Declaring the End from the Beginning Conference in Beaumont, Texas. It was a nice visit and Zach premiered the third installment of the Greater Exodus series. (Part 1, Part 2).
While there were many key takeaways from the conference, I’d like to share an insight that Zach shared while we had lunch. He shared a dream that another gentleman had, a vision, if you will. His vision was of him holding onto a rope, much like you would for a tug-of-war game. The harder this man held on to the rope the more it burned his hands, the more pain he felt. Of course, as soon as he let go, the pain, while not immediately gone, stopped. He released his grasp on the rope and it no longer burned him.
The Rope & The World
If you haven’t guessed, the rope was a picture of the world or the current state of his world. The Father was leading him, like many of us, to let go of what holds us to this world: material possessions, jobs, city-life convenience, and even family and friends.
The harder we hold on to those things, the more resistance and pain can be felt.
In my personal experience, I’ve had many encounters with holding onto ropes that I should have let get much earlier. Whether it was working at a sports bar as a DJ or even an unhealthy relationship – holding on those things often leads to more pain than was ever needed. If you simply let go, the pain felt would stop much sooner.
“It’s easier said than done”, some might say. Part of me even agrees with that sentiment. Yet, when we make the effort and choice to let go, while not always immediate, the blessings come. I know a lot of Hebrews who struggle with their professional careers that force them to work on the Sabbath. Leaving that job would or could bring a lot of burden on their families. That’s understandable. But where is our faith in this situation? Does is it lie in our secular paychecks or in the rewards / blessing our Creator provides for us.
We need only look at how the Ancient Hebrews were provided for in the Exodus account – Exodus 16:14-27
When the dew had evaporated, there on the surface of the desert was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the people of Isra’el saw it, they asked each other, “Man hu? [What is it?]” because they didn’t know what it was. Moshe answered them, “It is the bread which Adonai has given you to eat. Here is what Adonai has ordered: each man is to gather according to his appetite — each is to take an ‘omer [two quarts] per person for everyone in his tent.” The people of Isra’el did this. Some gathered more, some less; but when they put it in an ‘omer-measure, whoever had gathered much had no excess; and whoever had gathered little had no shortage; nevertheless each person had gathered according to his appetite.
Moshe told them, “No one is to leave any of it till morning.” But they didn’t pay attention to Moshe, and some kept the leftovers until morning. It bred worms and rotted, which made Moshe angry at them. So they gathered it morning after morning, each person according to his appetite; but as the sun grew hot, it melted.
On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two ‘omers per person; and all the community leaders came and reported to Moshe. He told them, “This is what Adonai has said: ‘Tomorrow is a holy Shabbat for Adonai. Bake what you want to bake; boil what you want to boil; and whatever is left over, set aside and keep for the morning.’” They set it aside till morning, as Moshe had ordered; and it didn’t rot or have worms. Moshe said, “Today, eat that; because today is a Shabbat for Adonai — today you won’t find it in the field. Gather it six days, but the seventh day is the Shabbat — on that day there won’t be any.” However, on the seventh day, some of the people went out to gather and found none.
Releasing the rope helps heal the pain. We pray this will bless you in your walk.