January 11 - 17, 2019
Torah: Exodus 1:1 - 6:1
Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6 - 28:13; 29:22-23
Brit Chadashah: Acts 24:14-16
This week, we begin to read the book of Exodus. This book details the victorious deliverance of Israel from Egypt. Yet, the book begins with this sentence:
1 Now these are the names of Bnei-Yisrael who came into Egypt with Jacob, each man with his family:
This one sentence at the start of this book can speak volumes to us about our own spiritual lives if we let it. The book of Exodus teaches us of Ad-nai’s deliverance, but it also reminds us that the reason we need deliverance is almost always because we went to Egypt. In other words, most of the bondage we find ourselves in is the result of our choice to enter the place of bondage. Yet, Ad-nai is faithful to deliver us when we cry out to Him.
January 18 - 24, 2019
Torah: Exodus 6:2 - 9:35
Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25 - 29:21
Brit Chadashah: 2 Corinthians 6:14 - 7:1
In Exodus 6:5, we read: Furthermore, I have heard the groaning of Bnei-Yisrael, whom the Egyptians are keeping in bondage. So I have remembered My covenant.
As we read this, we notice two things that take place: 1) Ad-nai heard the groanings of Bnei-Yisrael, and 2) Ad-nai remembered His covenant. The first one is easy to understand. After all, Bnei-Yisrael were slaves in Egypt under terrible taskmasters. Of course they groaned. However, the second is more difficult to understand. Had Ad-nai forgotten His covenant and He needed to hear their groans so that He would remember? No! In fact the truth of this statement is that it wasn’t Ad-nai who had forgotten their covenant - it was Bnei-Israel. But, when they cried, as we read in Exodus 3:9:
9 Now behold, the cry of Bnei-Yisrael has come to Me. Moreover I have seen the oppression that the Egyptians have inflicted on them.
Ad-nai responded to their remembering the covenant by fulfilling His part of the covenant and delivering them. It wasn’t that Ad-nai forgot and needed to be reminded. No, not at all! it was that He was waiting until they fulfilled their part by crying out to Him that He was then reminded or obligated by covenant to fulfill His part.