Parasaht Beshalach, Searching for God’s Wisdom


In this week’s reading, Shemot / Exodus 13:17-15:26,
Pharaoh’s army follows the Children of Yisrael into the wilderness to overtake them and bring
them back to Mitzrayim (Egypt).  The people feared and blamed Moshe and God for bringing them
out to the wilderness to die.  Was this wise of them to accuse Moshe and God for their perceived
misfortune?  According to the wisdom literature,
Mishley / Proverbs
says 2:2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to
understanding; 2:3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; 2:4 If you
seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; 2:5 Then you will discern the fear
of the Lord And discover the knowledge of God. 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come
knowledge and understanding. (NASB) 
The people had many reasons to put their trust
in God, the miracle of the plagues they witnessed and the Lord presently delivering them from Egypt. 
Regardless of what they had seen they still feared and chose to reject Moshe and God rather than to
trust in the Lord to deliver them from the hand of Pharaoh’s army.  Regardless of what you
have seen, do you still trust in the Lord? Read More here.

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Duane D. Miller received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron Ohio. He is currently a Chemical Engineering Researcher. Duane’s research expertise has focused upon functional materials development for the control, conversion, and release of process gases in Energy production technologies. His R&D interests include computational chemistry, developing novel technologies for converting biomass to fuels and studying their fundamental interactions during the chemical conversion process. His past experience includes sorbent development for pre- and post-combustion CO2 and SO2 capture, selective absorption of H2S from methane streams, O2 capture for oxy-fuel combustion, photocatalytic reduction of alcohols, NOx reduction catalysis, the development of oxygen carriers to combust fossil fuels (CH4 and coal) for the chemical looping combustion processes, and the extraction of rare earth elements using patent pending sorbents. His research expertise has focused on operando-characterization using Infrared, Raman, and UV-Vis spectroscopy to observe the nature of the catalytic active sites and reaction intermediates under realistic reaction conditions, allowing direct correlation of molecular/electronic structures with catalyst performance during Gas-Solid / Liquid-Solid Adsorption and Photocatalytic Processes with real time online analysis of reaction products using ICP-MS and mass spectrometry. His current work involves a multi-disciplinary approach to developing, understanding, and improving the catalytic gasification of coal and methane, high temperature chemical looping combustion, and the catalytic decomposition and gasification of biomass and coal using novel microwave reactor.​ He has been studying the Hebrew Scriptures and the Torah for 20+ years and sharing what he has learned. The studies developed for MATSATI.COM are freely to be used by everyone, to God be the Glory!