During an online meeting this week that I attended there were a few rabbis in the group. Rabbi Aryel Nachman Ben Chaim mentioned something that inspired this next blog, something I have been pondering all week long.
In our discussion after the main class we were talking about some of the issues Noahides have to deal with. In my own words, we agreed that the Noahide path is a journey much like the path of Israel.
I was a little vague above because the rabbis main point I wanted it to be the main point of this blog.
As Noahides even studying the journey of Israel in the Torah can be beneficial in understanding our own journey. They are the light unto the nations and when the Jewish light is bright it allows us in the nations to see much more clearly.
We were talking about some of the issues that the Noahides have after leaving the religions of the world and returning to the One True God of Israel and His rules for normative mankind.
As stated in past blogs on this subject, many non-Jews after leaving religions of the world, struggle with past religious rites, ceremonies and traditions. They look back to many of that and want something of the sort in their while lives living by the 7 Laws.
Rabbi Aryel said that the Jews after their exodus from Egypt, experienced something similar, many complained to Moses and God that they had it better in Egypt, looking back at the houses, food, water and many other things. This happened time and time again, no matter what God did for them. They continued to look back to Egypt.
Some Noahides are doing the same thing, not remembering the spiritual slavery they were under; now free are desiring somethings like what they had in their slavery.
Becoming a person who reclaims their humanity back from religion and turns back to the way the Creator designed for humanity to live, is a form of rescue and a personal exodus. Which is a journey, one that a person does not take over night or even years. Sometimes when you are out there in your personal wilderness, it is tempting to look back at what you had in religion. The longer you walk with the Creator and be the human He wants you to be with the other humans around you, you will begin to experience a joy and peace that is not describable.
We Noahides needs to fight the temptation of looking back, there are plenty other examples within the Hebrew Scriptures of what happens when one looks back.
The 7 Laws can appear black and white at first, but in truth, the study of them in great detail can be amazing and life changing. Like a brick, one at a time and then the whole building will take shape. So if you are alone in your part of the world just remember there is someone like you somewhere else experiencing the same thing. As you follow the Creator’s will for humanity it slowly changes the whole world. By doing one good deed inspired by the obedience of the 7 Laws has a ripple effect and can reach someone else, even generations down the road.
When times of loneliness overcome you, read and meditate on this portion from the Psalms. Understand that the 7 Laws is the way we walk with the Creator and in Him becomes everything we need for the journey.
Only for God, wait silently, my soul; from Him is my hope. He only is my rock and my salvation, my high tower, I shall not be moved. Upon God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, ye people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.
Terry W. Hayes – ben Noach
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