B’nei Yis’rael suffered great cruelty whilst slaves in Egypt. HaShem announced to Moshe their freedom. And in Sh’mot 7:16, Par’oh was told: “And thou shalt say unto him: The L-RD, the G-d of the Hebrews, hath sent me unto thee, saying: Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness…”
The Children of Is’rael were not set free to do as they liked. Many people today think exactly that. They walk in and out of congregations, walking all over God’s anointed leaders and the people as they wish. All in the name of freedom: “because I have been set free from the law, It’s God and me, I hear from God”. But do they?
Hashem sets us free, to serve Him.
How can we serve God, who is a Spirit?
It is not because the Most High Elohim is an God no man can see, that we would not be able to serve Him.
Whilst the JPS and NKJV and AV all use the word serve in Sh’mot 7:16, the CJB, NIV and others use the word ‘Worship.’
So firstly we serve God with worship. We serve God in our worship, in our singing, praying and reading his word. The Cohanim served God in the Tabernacle and the temple, preparing the way for our corporate worship. Secondly, our service to HaShem is not just spiritual, but physical. How then can we serve a God who is spirit?
Rav Sha’ul says to the Messianic or Jeshuan community in Galatia: “For, brothers, you were called to be free. Only do not let that freedom become an excuse for allowing your old nature to have its way. Instead, serve one another in love. For the whole of the Torah is summed up in this one sentence: “Love your neighbour as yourself””
We are all Saved to Serve; we are the called out ones, called out of bondage in Egypt to serve the living God. We do this by worshipping Him and by serving each other through our community. And if you are not participating in the community, if you turn up on a Shabbat and that’s it for the week, then you are not serving. We need to be fully involved, looking for what needs to be done, seeing a need, seeing where our gifts can be best used.
Hear the call and respond. A number in the scriptures responded immediately: Kefa and Andrew straight away left their nets and answered Jeshua’s call. Kefa’s mother-in-law, after Jeshua had healed her, got up and ministered (served) them.
“With joy they offered great sacrifices that day, for God had made them celebrate with great joy. The women and children too rejoiced, so that the celebrating in Yerushalayim could be heard far off.” Nehemiah 12:43.
After all the hard work of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, there was great joy. There is joy in serving our great God if we love and serve Him with all our heart, soul and mind.
We should come together and show our love for each other and our love for the Most High Elohim.