Torah – Deuteronomy 31:1-30 Haftarah – Isaiah 55:6-8; Hozea 14:2-10; Joel 2:15-27 Brit Chadashah – Romans 10:14-11:12

We find ourselves looking at parasha Vayalech (and he went.) This is the third to last study for the year, before we start the cycle all over again during Simkah Torah (Joy of Torah.)

Moseh (Moses) is about to die and is charging the people with urgent calls to adhere to the Mitzvot (Commands) of the L-RD.

As you likely know if you have been following these parashot for any time that they are Divinely inspired as to their timing and divisions. Each portion corresponds with what is going on in the spirit realm. There are certain “windows” of Heaven that are open and these studies clue us in as to what is going on.

It is Thursday evening as I write this and we here in North Carolina, as well as other states, are preparing for Hurricane Florence. While I place my trust in Yeshua explicitly, it is hard not to get caught up in all the hype of the moment. Especially if you listen to a little too much news and weather updates!

Perhaps if you live outside of the storm’s path, this may not have quite the weight that it will have for those of us in it. However, the principle I am about to show you is applicable in just about every single challenge that may come your way.

Let’s look at a few verses, then I will explain, and hopefully offer you some comfort in your trials.

Deuteronomy 31:3-6, “The L-RD your G-d Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua himself crosses over before you, just as the L-RD has said. 4 “And the L-RD will do to them as He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites and their land, when He destroyed them. 5 “The L-RD will give them over to you, that you may do to them according to every commandment which I have commanded you. 6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the L-RD your G-d, He [is] the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Check the version of the Bible you are most comfortable with then compare it with the Hebrew Name’s Version, or Complete Jewish Bible and you will immediately see something great!

Yehoshua, or Yeshua “Salvation of G-d!” Already you can see that even though these verses were accurate accounts of what happened to those people in that place at that time, there is relevant application to us today!

Also, you may remember from several weeks ago, we studied about the Kings Og and Sichon. These were giants who happened to be kings of their peoples. Og translates as “fear.” He was a giant king of fear! While Sichon means “striking down.” Imagine that? Two giant kings, fear and striking down, no wonder they were intimidating.

Pay special attention to verse 6. We are told plainly. Be strong. Be encouraged. Do not be afraid or scared! G-d is with us!

Whether these ancient kings are wreaking havoc in the form of hurricanes, your health, your finances, your relationships, or any other area of life that is causing you distress… I have good news! This section of Scripture is for you. Go back and read it several more times until it gets

in your soul. Remember all the deeds of the L-RD and know that He is faithful! So remain faithful to Him and walk in His courage, knowing He will never leave you or forsake you. Shalom!