Continued from previous DZ
“וּפַרְעֹה, הִקְרִיב; וַיִּשְׂאוּ בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת-עֵינֵיהֶם וְהִנֵּה מִצְרַיִם נֹסֵעַ אַחֲרֵיהֶם, וַיִּירְאוּ מְאֹד, וַיִּצְעֲקוּ בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, אֶל-יְהוָה”
“As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the LORD.”
The word ‘הקריב’ has few meanings. The one that fit the context of the verse describes Pharaoh’s actions that brought all his armies closer to fight the Israelites. The Zohar adds that the word ‘הקריב’,’drew near’ is written in a form that implies that Pharaoh’s actions caused the Israelites to come near to the YHVH. They feared the Egyptian armies coming closer behind them.
“ יְהוָה, בַּצַּר פְּקָדוּךָ; צָקוּן לַחַשׁ, מוּסָרְךָ לָמוֹ”
“O YHVH, they sought You in distress; They could only whisper a prayer, Your chastening was upon them.”
When the Israelites are far from YHVH, he allows their enemies to inflict hardship on them. Then in distress they beg and pray for his salvation. He then comes with love and compassion to protect them and rid of their enemies.
The Light of the Endless is always with us and it’s up to us to stay close, connect and with complete faith draw protection from him so we won’t get in ‘trouble’. As we will learn in the next study, YHVH is the one that fight for us.