Protecting the “old” by Moran Rosenblit Feb 2, 2019
I’ve really wrestled with last week’s Scripture portion (Parashat Mishpatim ). I spent a lot of time in prayer and seeking the Lord’s wisdom before writing this commentary. My goal in writing this blog is to offer some thoughts to encourage us to think before we rush to make statements and take stances on issues that, at times, contradict what we believe.
I’d like to share some of what I wrote on this parasha two years ago:
Our weekly Scripture portion opens with a very interesting verse, Exodus 21:1, which is usually interpreted in a negative way, because I believe we misunderstand the essence of what the LORD is saying to us in it:
And these are the ordinances (statutes) [המשפטים] that you shall set before them.
Exodus 21:1 - God tells Moses that He is about to give statutes (המשפטים) to the Children of Israel. I chose to translate the Hebrew word, “המשפטים” (mishpatim) as “ordinances/statutes” and not “judgments” since they are far more than just a set of laws. And we know that the LORD never uses a word without a specific purpose!
I’ll be honest, this topic is very sensitive for me since I grew up very secular, not even believing that God existed. I hated religion and the hypocrisy I saw in so many areas of religious life. After I accepted the atonement found in Messiah Yeshua, and put my trust in Him, an amazing journey began in my life, full of new discoveries, revelation, full of life and excitement. But it also came with a price of persecution from my own family, friends, and my people (Israel), many of whom believe I betrayed them as well as our Jewish identity.
I also experienced persecution from many in the Body of Messiah who often accused me of being a “Judaizer” because I refused to let go of my Jewish identity, and insisted on worshipping God in a Jewish way, as a Jew.
In truth, since I became a Jewish disciple of Yeshua, the Promised Messiah, the LORD removed the blindness from my eyes, allowing me to see not only the truth about who He is, but also the amazing truth of His Word!