Now that we’ve finished and maybe poorly so, in an attempt to provide a view of the Torah, which is about the adventures and the covenant God has made with a race of people. A people chosen as they are, to rely and depend on God alone. When one sees a light through a prism, the myriad of reflections can be overwhelming. A focus on one single beam can simplify, if at all possible, a simple truth among many.
A good friend use to ask me after long periods apart if I still believed in the “flood.” My answer was always “yes.” Though I can say it was a faith-filled answer, contemplating the reason of why the flood occurred was never really that important to my understanding. I just knew by faith, maybe a childlike faith, that the story was true.
We can say with great evidence that Man has always been aware since the “Fall,” and losing his path back to the garden that he has a great inclination to understand that he is missing something. He is, therefore, looking to reconnect to whomever or whatever is in charge of this life, his surroundings and his purpose. Furthermore, it is accurate to say that during the time of Moses, Man’s answers were filled, though terribly inadequate, in myths and philosophies of the pagan’s world gods.
It might also be said that Man did not believe in these gods outside of believing that they existed; a perception far from the perspective of faith that has come from opening the tabernacle. Philosophers of antiquity did not argue with the myths, as they did not argue with the gods or their priests. But they sought what most philosophers seek even today, only the “why”. And, that search is never-ending without a childlike faith to steer it.
The concept of a god who speaks to a man from a burning bush and the bush not being consumed, was outrageous. A personal god focused on a single race of men, who actually showed up, in times of crisis, delivered manna to satisfy their hunger; these were extraordinary things for the gods of this era. If Israel could have lived out their priestly call and been wholly dependent and trusting in God, one might ask, would this not have drawn all Man to the one God who said “I am who am?”
In his book, The Everlasting Man, G.K Chesterton writes, “They (Israelites) kept the Everlasting in the tabernacle. They were proud that they alone could look upon the blinding sun of the deity; and they did not know that they had themselves gone blind.”
When will our adventures become His adventures? Ain’t it so!