Thursday, June 10, 2021


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                                Shemot  Names ----שמות

                 EXODUS/SHEMOT 1:1-6:1

                            Isaiah / YESH’AYAHU 27:6–28:13


                     Comment on the Portions Name

      Shemot – Means names in Hebrew .The reason for the name of the book and Parasha is because the first line of the book begins with. “1. These are the names of the sons of Isra’el who came into Egypt “.The English name comes from the Septuagint  An ancient Greek translation by Hebrew scholars    Exodus Aigyptou, which translates as "Departure from Egypt. The Title was shortened to just Exodus.


1:15    Moreover, the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was called Shifrah and the other Pu‘ah. 16 “When you attend the Hebrew women and see them giving birth,” he said, “if it’s a boy, kill him; but if it’s a girl, let her live.” 17 However, the midwives were God-fearing women, so they didn’t do as the king of Egypt ordered but let the boys live. Moshe was born with an execution order on his life.2:1 A man from the family of Levi took a woman also descended from Levi as his wife. When she conceived and had a son, upon seeing what a fine child he was, she hid him for three months. When she could no longer hide him, she took a papyrus basket, coated it with clay and tar, put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the riverbank.



           He was born into the Tribe of Levi. He was the youngest son of a Levitical family. His sister’s name was Miriam, his brother Aaron. Amram and Yocheved were his father and mother. Moses means drawn out. He was drawn out of the Nile River. He was adopted by Pharaoh's Daughter, therefore he was born a slave raised a Prince.



                          BEING RAISED IN PHARAOHS HOUSE

          Moses would have eaten the best food, dressed  in the best clothing, have been educated by royal tutors in all that a royal child would need to know to take their proper place in the family responsibilities as an adult . He would have learned in-depth the Egyptian religion, diplomacy and yes I dare suggest public speaking skills, military strategies and more.

G-D made sure that Moses received all the education, training and practical experience he would need to lead Israel in the future {we will discuss speaking at the appropriate place}.



2 (iii) 11     One day, when Moshe was a grown man, he went out to visit his kinsmen; and he watched them struggling at forced labor. He saw an Egyptian strike a Hebrew, one of his kinsmen. 12 He looked this way and that; and when he saw that no one was around, he killed the Egyptian and hid his body in the sand. 13 The next day, he went out and saw two Hebrew men fighting with each other. To the one in the wrong he said, “Why are you hitting your companion?” 14 He retorted, “Who appointed you ruler and judge over us? Do you intend to kill me the way you killed the Egyptian?” Moshe became frightened. “Clearly,” he thought, “the matter has become known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he tried to have Moshe put to death. But Moshe fled from Pharaoh to live in the land of Midyan.

           Moses at this point was 40 years old and now beginning to deal with the reality of his      peoples position compared to his own .He took spontaneous action but soon was confronted with the fact that many including people with more power than he knew that an Egyptian had been killed to help slaves and Moses in fear fled to Midyan which is part of modern day Saudi Arabia.


                                      FROM LIFE IN THE PALACE TO THE LIFE OF A SHEPARD

        G-D facilitates a change of venue, life style, responsibilities, and skills to be learned. All to prepare Moses for the future role of leading Israel out of slavery. G-D makes sure to include the lessons of humility, and undergirding relationship with the one true G-D {as opposed to the many gods of the Egyptians }  We will see that soon in this Parasha




                                        MOSES THE FAMILY MAN

21     Moshe was glad to stay on with the man, and he gave Moshe his daughter Tzipporah {which means bird} in marriage. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he named him Gershom [foreigner there], for he said, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.”

       Moses ended up having two sons. His second son was Eliezer {The G-D of my ancestors is my helper}. His wife was  the daughter of a Priest to the Most High G-D .Most likely her physical features would be similar to modern Arab or African women not totally sure which one is accurate as of yet.

                            CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE G-D KIND/HOLY FEAR {Terror}

(iv)     Now Moshe was tending the sheep of Yitro his father-in-law, the priest of Midyan. Leading the flock to the far side of the desert, he came to the mountain of God, to Horev. The angel of Adonai appeared to him in a fire blazing from the middle of a bush. He looked and saw that although the bush was flaming with fire, yet the bush was not being burned up. Moshe said, “I’m going to go over and see this amazing sight and find out why the bush isn’t being burned up.” When Adonai saw that he had gone over to see, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moshe! Moshe!” He answered, “Here I am.” He said, “Don’t come any closer! Take your sandals off your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy ground. I am the God of your father,” he continued, “the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya‘akov.” Moshe covered his face, because he was afraid to look at God


                                      G-D CALLING MOSES TO SPEAK TO PHAROAH

4         Moshe replied, “But I’m certain they won’t believe me, and they won’t listen to what I say, because they’ll say, ‘Adonai did not appear to you.’” Adonai answered him, “What is that in your hand?” and he said, “A staff.” He said, “Throw it on the ground!” and he threw it on the ground. It turned into a snake, and Moshe recoiled from it. Then Adonai said to Moshe, “Put your hand out and take it by the tail.” He reached out with his hand and took hold of it, and it became a staff in his hand. “This is so that they will believe that Adonai, the God of their fathers, the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya‘akov, has appeared to you!”

6        Furthermore Adonai said to him, “Now put your hand inside your coat.” He put his hand in his coat; and when he took it out his hand was leprous, as white as snow. Then God said, “Now put your hand back in your coat.” He put his hand back in his coat; and when he took it out, it was as healthy as the rest of his body. “If they won’t believe you or heed the evidence of the first sign, they will be convinced by the second. But if they aren’t persuaded even by both these signs and still won’t listen to what you say, then take some water from the river, and pour it on the ground. The water you take from the river will turn into blood on the dry land.”

10     Moshe said to Adonai, “Oh, Adonai, I’m a terrible speaker. I always have been, and I’m no better now, even after you’ve spoken to your servant! My words come slowly, my tongue moves slowly.” 11 Adonai answered him, “Who gives a person a mouth? Who makes a person dumb or deaf, keen-sighted or blind? Isn’t it I, Adonai? 12 Now, therefore, go; and I will be with your mouth and will teach you what to say.”

Some have suggested that Moses had a speech impediment. I do not see support for that in the text or in the writings of scholars or Rabbis. It is possible Moses feared being face to face with the Pharaoh. He had fled from The Pharaoh in the past out fear  of Judgement.The Hebrew  word  most translate slow  is kabed  כָּבֵד means more Burdensome .The word    for mouth Is straight forward   peh  no issue. The word for speech is Lashon   meaning language.

   Maybe a latter Torah Parasha has the insight we need. Va-era, 6: 12 speaks of uncircumcised lips.  Biblically circumcision deals with covenant / cleanness. Maybe in the context of covenant after living in Egyptian culture for half of his life and in total isolation from his people for another forty years the sense was uncleanness, not in proper community relationship to.    I pose it as a question for discussion for now.


                                                DISOBEDIENCE COSTS

24                           At a lodging-place on the way, Adonai met Moshe and would have killed him, 25 had not Tzipporah taken a flintstone and cut off the foreskin of her son. She threw it at his feet, saying, “What a bloody bridegroom you are for me!” 26 But then, God let Moshe be. She added, “A bloody bridegroom because of the circumcision! Disobedience almost cost Moses his life. His wife obeyed and saved him.


                                     MOSES AND AARON COMING TOGETHER

u  27    Adonai said to Aharon, “Go into the desert to meet Moshe.” He went, met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28 Moshe told him everything Adonai had said in sending him, including all the signs he had ordered him to perform. 29 Then Moshe and Aharon went and gathered together all the leaders of the people of Isra’el. 30 Aharon said everything Adonai had told Moshe, who then performed the signs for the people to see. 31 The people believed; when they heard that Adonai had remembered the people of Isra’el and seen how they were oppressed, they bowed their heads and worshipped. I did not focus on the signs all of which are important and mentioned again here THE Focus was more on background, character, and some heart condition.

                                                     TYING THINGS TOGETHER


           Moses was born into slavery and a death warrant. G-D had other plans ,gave him a rich and full life with the best Egyptian society could give him. He was also a Levite. While dealing with the reality of his biological and spiritual family he committed murder and fled. He embraced a simple life, the blessings of marriage and reconnected to his G-D while not totally walking in obedience. G-D used all of life's experiences and lessons to prepare him to Lead Israel out of bondage into blessing and covenantal relationship. The last part of the equipping was the supernatural miracles He enabled Moses to do. Proper Identity, education, character, work, relationships, covenant and obedience all came first. Some enjoyable some painful even dangerous and none at microwave speed much to our Shagrin .Last thought if G-D doesn’t have you saving the world at twenty five you haven’t missed it G-DS ways are different than the worlds.


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