This week‘s Torah portion called “Phinechas” Numbers 27 (by Miriam Wakefield)
Moses receives his notice from God that his death is imminent . The Hebrews are camped at the Jordan River ready to cross over into the promised land. God had already told Moses he would not be allowed to enter the promised land but God relented a bit and let him see the land from Mount Abarim - but before he went up the mountain Moses asked God “who will lead the people after I am gone?“
Since he had to ask, it is not obvious to Moses who the leader will be. He asked God to appoint someone and God responded immediately “Joshua “and invested him with the authority and anointing to lead Numbers 27:16 “Let the Eternal, God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint someone over the community.“ There is a big shift coming to the church, to the United States of America and to Canada. We must be aware of the transitional shift “the crossing over”– and we can’t transition without death.
The timing is crucial and that is God’s timing. That is why we study Torah to understand the times and seasons of God.
King Saul dies and David reigns bringing a whole new shift to Israel. David’s tabernacle brought transition – a movement of God‘s presence being established.
"In the year Uzziah died, Isaiah saw the Lord high and lifted up and his train filled the temple". He transitions into a season of his next revelation. He sees into a new dimension through the veil.
Elijha is taken up and Elisha receives his mantle - a double portion.
John the Baptist, who prepares a new way is beheaded which creates a moment in time, as a window of heaven opens over Jesus. John’s season comes to an end and a new season begins with Jesus.
It says, “Moses my servant is dead”. The old way has passed away and a new leadership has been raised up. I believe God is saying to us “don’t use the method of the old movement to move forward into the Promises of God. It is not business as usual! Those who follow have to come into a new dimension and timing is the key.
On the death of John the Baptist, Jesus teaches in a whole new way. At the last supper he says “this is the blood of the new covenant” then Jesus is betrayed, led out and crucified and dies and the Holy Spirit comes.
God has already made the transition we are going through now. We are in a new moment in time.
Great leaders see the need for change, but not everyone else does. People cling to the past. They feel safe in the way things were. They see the new policy as a form of betrayal. It is no accident that some of the greatest of all leaders - Lincoln, Gandhi, John F Kennedy, Martin Luther King were assassinated but all brought change.
I believe change is coming to the church. The old will pass away and we must make the shift. Praise and worship will take a new direction and this kind of change often kills lots of churches unwilling to shift into the new. Different people and young people in particular need to be reached in a different way with a different sound.
Don’t lose your head when the prayer ministry shifts to a whole new level. Watch out for the Herodian spirit - the Sadducees and the Pharisees, the Political spirit and the Religious spirit that will arise.
If we want to keep our heads, we need to shift. I believe House churches will arise and we will see a new revival. There will be angelic visitations and new revelations. We don’t know what it’s going to look like and we can’t figure it out. The door is standing open, we will hear the sound of the trumpet - the shofar. A transition from heaven to earth that we haven’t seen the likes of before. Watch Donald Trump in the coming days. The Trump shall resound.
The exposure of the deaths of the children in the residential schools are significant in this season for it will usher in change across this nation of Canada and the world. This has had to be exposed to bring healing to the land. Also the deaths and blood of the martyrs bring change and a harvest.
New leadership ushers in change. Moses asked God to appoint a leader “to go out before them and come in before then, one who will lead them out and bring them in” Numbers 27:12 - 23
He asks for someone who would lead from the front, setting a personal example of being unafraid to face new challenges. The second part is harder. A leader can be so far out in front that when he turns around he sees that no one is following. Leadership is a constant battle between the changes you know must be made, and the changes people are willing to make. That is why most visionary leaders seem, in their lifetime, to have failed but in truth have not. Success comes when, as in the case of Moses and Joshua, others complete what they began.
We are standing on the shoulders of giants and in a gateway of New Beginnings... draw a line in the sand. It is time to shift our position and move forward. Shabbat Shalom