"Jew & Gentile O in Messiah"
As it was in the beginning so it will be in the end-of-days
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Parash 17 Yitro (Jethro/Abundance)
Shemoth/Exodus 18:1 – 20:23
Synopsis – Jethro gives Moses good advice. The glory of the Lord descends onto Mt. Sinai. The Lord’s voice and the shofar sounding. The Lord gives Moses the Ten Commandments.
Theme & Message – The focus of this lesson is the order of God’s kingdom. There is no other god before Him. Before any person, family, tribe, or nation can begin to realize the peace and prosperity of the kingdom the Lord has created, they must first recognize the power, supremacy and omnipotence of the one true God. Before we can draw near to him, before we can learn about Him, before we can learn His ways, we must fear and respect Him. God’s order among men begins with the choosing of leaders in spiritual teaching and government. Once we place the Lord above all other gods in our hearts, He will show us His ways, and teach us His commandments. It is through this process that we will belong to the Lord and share in the riches and the abundance of His kingdom.
TORAH LESSON – This portion of Torah begins with the reunion of Moses’ family. His father-in-law, Jethro comes to meet Moses and to bring Tzipporah, his wife, and his two sons to be with him. Upon hearing of the mighty deeds the Lord had done for the Israelites, Jethro responds “Now I know that the Lord is the greatest of all deities” We see here a nearly immediate fulfillment of one of God’s purposes for the plagues and the hardening of the Pharoah’s heart. The Lord had said that he wanted for other peoples to know Him while he was also introducing himself to His chosen people.
The next day, Moses began the overwhelming task of hearing all the problems of and between all the people of Israel and counseling them according to the laws and decrees the Lord had given to him. Jethro advised Moses to appoint God- fearing men of truth as leaders who could be trained to judge according to God’s ways. He recommended this as a way to ease the burden on Moses and to bring shalom to the entire community.
Three months after leaving Egypt, the Israelites were led by the Lord to camp opposite Mt. Sinai. The Lord proposed to Moses a covenant that would make the Israelites a special treasured people unto the Lord as a holy nation of priests. Once the people agreed, Moses was instructed to prepare the people by immersing themselves and cleansing themselves for two days. On the third day, the Lord would descend onto the mountain to speak to Moses in the presence of the people.
On the third day, the people heard the thunder, saw lightning with a heavy cloud on the mountain. There was a loud blast of the shofar followed by a blast of increasing volume. The mountain shook. Moses spoke and the Lord answered. The people and even the priests were warned not to cross the boundary at the foot of the mountain or they would be destroyed. Then the Lord presented the Ten Commandments. It is at this time that the Lord clearly establishes His supremacy. He states, “You shall have no other gods before me.” The people trembled in fear and asked that Moses speak directly to the Lord on their behalf. Moses encouraged the people not to be afraid of the Lord destroying them. Moses encouraged the people that the Lord’s intent was to raise them up. The fear of the Lord was respectful and would prevent them from sinning. The Lord concludes this portion with a second warning not to make any representations (pictures or statues) of Himself. Moses was instructed to build an earthenware altar for offerings. Moses is told that wherever the Lord sets His name, He will come to bless the people. They are not to build any altars of cut stone, nor are they to place the altar on steps lest their nakedness be revealed.
Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice, and keep my covenant, then you shall be my own possession from among all peoples, for all the earth is mine. Exodus 19:5
BRIT HADASHA LESSON – The entire account of the Lord freeing the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and leading the people into the promised land is a foreshadow, or a picture of the Lord’s plan of salvation for the entire world. From the account, we can learn about our Heavenly Father as He introduces himself to the Israelites after they had been separated from Him for nearly 400 years.
Just as Moses was reunited with his family and told them of the mighty things God had done for him and the Israelites, we are encouraged in the Word to do the same. (Luke 8:39) In Matthew 8:2-4 Yeshua instructs the healed leper to go to show the priest the healing had been done for him and to offer a gift of thanksgiving according to the Law given to Moses. We know from scripture that Jethro was a priest in Midian. The Word encourages us to share good reports of the Lord’s mighty deeds (Acts 1:1) as an encouragement and testimony so that others might believe and be saved as Jethro was.
The concept of prayerfully taking wise counsel from elders is repeated several times throughout the word of God just as Moses received such advice from Jethro. We are encouraged to faithfully teach others about the Word and about God’s ways (Mat 5:19) Yeshua, Himself, directed His disciples to teach what He had taught to them (Mat 28:19). Yeshua also warned us that the harvest would be plentiful, but the workers would be few. But we need not feel burdened to work alone. Leaders are encouraged to seek faithful co-workers as the harvest and the ministry grows (2Tim 2:20) (Gal 6:6)) In this way we can ease the burdens of the leaders and of our brothers and sisters in the Lord (Gal 6:2) and promote shalom among the brethren.
We read in the Brit Hadasha the fulfillment of the plan foreshadowed in the Exodus account of salvation. Scripture tells us that those of us, Jew and Gentile alike, are participants in the New Covenant made of blood. (Mat 26:28) We, just like the ancient Israelites, must first willingly agree to accept the covenant (2Cor 9:13). We are instructed to be baptized, immersed, as a cleansing process to clear or wash away the old life and to begin the new one. We read in scripture that after Yeshua’s baptism, Heaven opened up and the Lord spoke just as He did after the Israelites were immersed at Mt Sinai.(Luke 3:21-22) Even as Yeshua was baptized before starting His ministry, we are to follow His example.(Mat 28:19) Upon entering into the covenant we become an honorary citizen of Israel, being grafted into the inheritance (James 2:5) (Eph 1:11) and the promises of God (Rom 11:17-24) (Eph 2:19-20). We then become a priest of God with His Holy Temple placed within our hearts. (2Cor 6:16) We become part of a nation of priests (1Pet 2:9) who are a treasured possession of God.
This relocation of the temple was a process that began approximately 2000 years ago. The temple was rebuilt in our hearts in three days, just as Yeshua had promised he would do (John 2:19-22)). The procedure required that our Lord lay in the tomb for 2 days, but he rose from the dead on the third day (Mat 28:2-3). Even at his death, the hill on which His body died shook with and earthquake (Mat 27:54), there was thunder and there was lightning. This was foreshadowed with the thunder, lightning and earthquake on the third day on Mt Sinai. Just as the Lord proclaimed to the Israelites that the “Law is your life.”(Deut 32:46-47) He gave eternal life by the sacrifice of Yeshua.
Yeshua said that he had come to fulfill the Law. (Mat 5:17) Each saved person has the Law written on His heart by the hand of God (Jer 31:33) just as the tablets of stone were written by God’s hand. The Law clearly establishes the supremacy of the Lord. Yeshua taught that there is no “neutral ground”. A person must choose whether he or she will serve God or His enemy (Mat 6:24) because there is only one God. Once the choice is made to serve God alone and to receive Yeshua, the Lord promises that He will always be with that person pouring out blessings, even into eternity (Mat 18:20, 28:20)
The sound of the shofar and the sound of the Lord’s voice are to be familiar and meaningful to His people. Yeshua’s second coming will be ushered in by the sound of a great and final shofar blast.(1Co 15:52) Even the disciple John tells us that the Lord’s own voice sounds like a loud shofar blast (Rev 1 10-11)
TODAY’S TEMPLE – Titus 2 As those who have the temple of the living God within us we must encourage others by our actions and words. We must show gratefulness and joy in sharing our testimony and in sharing the Gospel. It is critically important that we never lose sight of our mission on this earth to reach others for our King’s sake and for the advancement of His kingdom. We must always remember that we have been set apart, purified, and purchased for a direct purpose. We literally have the temple placed within us by the power of our mighty God; and, as such, we are expected to be diligent and knowledgeable priests. This means that we are teachers and counselors of His Word. We have a healthy fear and respect for God and His Word. We are witnesses of the power from Heaven that is unleashed when, by faith and acceptance of the High Priest, Yeshua, we walk in the power of the Ruach HaKodesh.
As today’s disciples of Yeshua we are to learn through the example of Moses and the ancient Hebrews. God has a plan and an order of things that He established to accomplish His purposes. The Lord of Heaven and Earth is a jealous God whose love has the power to free us from sin and empower us to accomplish anything He asks us to do.
Looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Yeshua the Messiah; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works. Titus 2:13-14
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