Trust and See

Haftarah Portion: Beshalach (Judges 4:4-5:31)
Gospel Reading: John 6:28-33
Commentary by: Daniel Clayton

In whom do we place our trust? It is a fair question, and is one that applies today just as much as it did several thousand years ago in the time of the book of Judges, specifically in this instance in Judges 4. D’vorah the prophetess has been raised up as Israel’s judge, and she summons Barak to tell him that The Almighty has handed Yavin’s commander, Sisra, into his hands.

Barak answered her: “If you go with me , I’ll go; but if you won’t go with me, I won’t go.” She replied, “Yes, I will gladly go with you; but the way you are doing it will bring you no glory; because Adonai will hand Sisra over to a woman. (Judges 4: 8-9)

We can only speculate exactly what D’vorah means by saying, “The way you’re doing ‘it,’” but it is a common belief, and what I believe to be a fair one, that Barak may be putting his trust in D’vorah more than God, thinking that he won’t succeed unless D’vorah goes with him. It’s possible that he’s putting his trust in the messenger rather than the One the message came from.

Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a single time in Scripture or in my own life that putting trust in a human, or not trusting Father has ever been a good thing. The search for success and stability in anything other than Father is unquenchable. We will never reach a place that has what we require without Him, and that’s going to take some trust along the way.

In John 6, we find one of the two instances where Yeshua feeds masses with bread and fish. A little later in the chapter, the talmidim go looking for Him, finding Him on the other side of the lake.

So they said to him, “What should we do in order to perform the works of God?” Yeshua answered, “Here’s what the work of God is: to trust in the one he sent!” They said to him, Indeed, what miracle will you do for us, so that we may see it and trust you? What work can you perform? Our fathers ate manna in the desert- as it says in the Tanakh, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ Yeshua said to them, “Yes, indeed! I tell you it wasn’t Moshe who gave you bread from heaven. But my Father is giving you the genuine bread from heaven; for God’s bread is the one who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.” (John 6: 28-33)

We find this mentality of Barak in the talmidim here. D’vorah told Barak he would have victory in battle, but he asked for more in requesting that she go with him. The talmidim are told what the simple work of God is, but they ask for another miracle so they may see and trust, but that’s usually not how The Almighty works. Our flesh says, “Show us, so we may trust.” Father says, “Trust, and you will see.”

Notice that Yeshua did not say, “The work of God for YOU is to trust,” He simply said that the work of God IS to trust, meaning it doesn’t pertain to only a certain group of people, but that it is an absolute, general truth that applies to all. If you want to do the work of God, then look no further than this Scripture. Trust. You don’t have to be a missionary, teacher, worship leader, writer, homeless shelter organizer, or anything special. Just trust, listen, and walk.