Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bo (Go) / Sh’mot (Exodus) 10:1 – 13:36

Bo (Go)
Sh’mot (Exodus) 10:1 – 13:36
Tonight’s lesson – parashah #6 (12:29 – 51)

            Tonight I wish to concentrate on three verses from this parashah, and they come from the 6th aliyah.  Specifically, I would like to mention and then muse upon verses 40 through 42.

                        “Now the time that the sons of Israel lived in Egypt was
                        430 years.  And at the end of four hundred and thirty
                        years, to the very day, all the host of the Lord went out
                        from the land of Egypt.  It is a night to be observed for
                        the Lord having brought them out from the land of
                        Egypt; this night is for the Lord, to be observed by all
                        the sons of Israel throughout their generations.”  NASB

Likewise, Rabbi Sha’ul in Galatians 3:17 corroborates this accounting:

                        “What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four
                        hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a
                        covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify
                        the promise.” NASB

            Going back to Genesis 15, we find 75-year old Abraham receiving a promise, The Promise, from HaShem.  However, Abraham is still without an heir.  It is not until 25 years later that Isaac is born.  Great joy, I am sure, surrounds the magnificent birth of the heir of promise.  But in Genesis 15 we have seen that the slavery and oppression is to last four hundred years.  Also, if Moses (Ex. 12:40 – 42) and Paul are correct, another five years must pass before the oppression can/should begin.
            Where are those five years?  Where and when does the oppression begin?  We need look no further than Genesis 21:8 – 9.  At this spot we find a party being given in honor of Isaac’s weaning.  During the festivities, though, we are informed that Ishmael has been mocking the newly weaned child.  This is the beginning of the oppression, at least as far as we are informed.  Therefore, Isaac must be five years old at this time.  With that being the case, 30 years will have passed by from the time HaShem informed Abraham, the 400 year time clock will have begun ticking, and it will not be wound down for another 400 years – on the day to be known and celebrated as Unleavened Bread.
            Should we doubt that this was so, that the timing was so exact?  If so, then we need to question the veracity of Matthew 10:30 and Luke 12:27 which apprise us that He knows the number of hairs on each of our noggins.  Should we question the 7 years mentioned regarding the Tribulation period?
            HaShem, forbid that we consider this after our investigations, after You have provided us with the information needed to end any doubt.  But, our Father, our King, there are those who do not believe.  We beseech You to soften their hearts, minds, and spirits.  Please, remove the blinders from their eyes as You did with Rabbi Sha’ul, as You did with us.  We humbly entreat You for our loved ones, friends, acquaintances, as well as our governmental leaders.  May they each have an appointed time for an exodus from deceit and oppression so that they too may enter into fellowship with You.  As in this first Exodus, our Father, Your name will be pre-eminent throughout the earth as well as all of the universe.  We give You the glory and the honor.  In the name of Yeshua we pray, amen.

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