The word “wilderness” can conjure up some vivid imaginations of harsh, hostile conditions. Amazingly, there is another side to the wilderness. It’s a place that lacks distractions, a quiet place where you can hear the voice of G-d, a place carpeted with gorgeous red flowers in the spring, a place of unexpected large springs of fresh waters that bubble up in the rockiest of places. It is a place full of surprises!
the place of the wilderness רבדמ
Pastor Mark reminded us that the first letter in the word “meedbar” is מ which means “place.” The next three letters, רבד mean “he speaks.” The last two letters, mean “son.” When we bring these meanings together, we see the Son in the ,רב wilderness, and we understand that G-d speaks in the wilderness.
Was the Son really in the wilderness, you may be wondering? We find amazing information about this in the Brit Hadasha.
I Corinthians 10:3-5 They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless, G-d was not pleased with most of them, for they were struck down in the wilderness….
Incredibly, the Son was in the wilderness who provided spiritual sustenance. We know that G-d came to Mt. Sinai on Shavuot, in that wilderness, to deliver the document that would define the responsibilities of man to both G-d and his fellow man. God speaks in the wilderness.
Today there are so many ways that we can feel we are in a wilderness. Covid sent all of us home, many to a very quiet house. Maybe that seemed like a wilderness. Illness can separate us from the people we love and from the things we like to do. The loss of a loved one or a problem that just seems overwhelming – all these things can make us feel that we are in a kind of wilderness. But G-d speaks to us in those places, and His Son is with us, sustaining us, and He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
In the wilderness, God did miracles every day for forty years. He led them; He followed them; He spoke to them; He protected and provided for them. Imagine, their shoes didn’t wear out for forty years!
May we all experience the G-d of miracles in our wilderness!