This past week’s Torah portion, Yitro, seemed so familiar until I read one paragraph from Russell Resnik’s Torah commentary “Creation to Completion.” Resnik wrote: ‘”I will take you as my people…” The Lord is speaking the language of courtship. The whole story of God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt is like a romance. God finds Israel captive in Egypt and battles with the oppressor to rescue her. He sweeps her away into the wilderness, where the two can be alone. Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord says to Israel: “I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothal, when you went after Me in the wilderness, in a land not sown” (Jer 2:2).
“The climax of this romance comes at Mount Sinai, where the Lord brings Israel into covenant with himself under the canopy of smoke and glory-cloud.”
What a beautiful, poignant description of God’s love toward his chosen people. It is even more impacting to realize that through the blood of Yeshua I am grafted-in to that chosen olive tree, into the root stock of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. My heritage at Sinai is secured through the Father’s redemptive work on the cross as the Son. Torah is now written on my heart.
Resnik titles his chapter “Huppah of Glory.” The huppah is the canopy under which most Jewish couples are married. What a fitting way to commence a relationship: the symbolic representation of God’s overarching presence, blessing and delight.
As I continue to mature in embracing Torah the “fear” of coming under the Law (whatever that may have meant) evaporates with each revelation of Father’s love and provision for me. I rejoice at the prospect of being under the huppah with my bridegroom at the marriage supper of the Lamb.