Commentaries & Kingdom News

January 2018

Yitro

Shalom!   This week we find the Israelites camped at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Word of the amazing things the Elohim of Israel has done for His people has reached the ears of Yitro, Moshe's father-in-law, and he makes the short journey to speak with Moshe. Shemot/Exodus 18:1 And Yitro, the priest of Midian, Moshe's father-in-law, heard of all that Elohim had done for Moshe and for Israel His people -- that YHWH had brought Israel out of Egypt. Remember that it...

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Beshalach

Shalom!   Parashat Beshalach begins: Shemot/Exodus 13:17 Then it came to pass, in Pharaoh's sending the people away, that Elohim did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for Elohim said, "Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt." The Hebrew word for "lead" is nachah and represents the "guiding of one along the right path." Elohim did not want any military...

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Bo

Shalom!   This week we will read of the most devastating and the final three plagues in Egypt - locusts, darkness, and death of the firstborn. The plague of darkness is our focus this week: Shemot/Exodus 10:21 Then YHWH said to Moshe, "Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt." 22 So Moshe stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness (choshek afelah) in all the land...

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Va'era

Shalom!   Okay, yes I am a day early with the commentary letter. The reason is that we are just about ready to begin the first leg of our journey to the Promised Land! The Land which is at the center of ALL the nations, with all countries around her. The place where His Name is forever, His eyes and His heart perpetually! The place where the Almighty One of Israel will bring back all His scattered sheep and feed them there on the mountains and in the pastures. The place where His...

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Shemot

Shalom!   We begin the book of Shemot this week with a whole new focus. Yosef and his generation have died and a new era is quickly brought into view. The time of Yosef ruling under a supportive Egyptian pharaoh is over and the hostility towards the family of Israel has begun.   Shemot/Exodus 1:6 And Yosef died, all his brothers, and all that generation. 7 But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the...

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