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Parashat Bo

Updated on January 20, 2018

Summary of Shemot 10:1-13:16

Three more plagues are set upon the land of Mitzrayim- a spoliating swarm of locusts, a deafening darkness, and the evident end of the firstborn of all of Mitzrayim.

The first mitzvah, or command, is given to the people regarding the birth of a new calendar via the birth of a new month, which is also the birth of a new year, in celebration of the birth of a newly redeemed people. And, the first Pesach offering is required- the slaughter of a perfect one-year-old lamb or perfect one-year-old goat, the blood of which is to be sprinkled upon the doorposts of the homes of the children of Yisra’EL that YeHoVaH might pass over their home when the deadly destruction came upon the homes of the land of Mitzrayim. The lamb (or goats) were to then be roasted and eaten, along with Matzah served with bitter herbs.

Mosheh has faced the Pharaoh many a time, speaking as YeHoVaH’s emissary, giving the Pharaoh chance after chance to turn his heart from selfish arrogance to humble obedience of YeHoVaH. With the death of the Pharaoh’s firstborn son, during the tenth plague, the Pharaoh finally breaks and, in an almost violent way, drives the children of Yisra’EL from the land of Mitzrayim. The children of Yisra’EL are already dressed in traveling clothes and shoes and as they leave the land of Mitzrayim, they collect much wealth from the remaining inhabitants of the land of Mitzrayim.

The children of Yisra’EL are a reborn nation, a reborn peoples, they are given a new month, Aviv, and a new year, along with a new command (mitzvah) to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days and in every year, which is the story of their redemption from slavery in Mitzrayim into freedom in YeHoVaH, a story of redemption which they are commanded to tell their children and their children are to tell their children, and so on and so on.

What does this mean for the follower of Yeshua today?

What does this mean for followers of Yeshua today?

The answer is very simple, it is we who make it more complex than need be. Yeshua was sent from His Avva Elohim to give His life as the sacrificial Lamb for the world, to redeem the world from their bondage in slavery to sin to a life of obedience in the freedom of Yeshua ha-Meshiach.

We are a free people!

The other day, Alana asked, during our parashat study time, “Mommy, what if that Pharaoh ruler had broken before the tenth plague? Would his son still have lived? Would he have still let the people leave? All that Pharaoh had to do was say that He loved YeHoVaH!”

In Shemot 5:2, we read, “And Pharaoh said, ‘Who is YeHoVaH, that I should obey His voice to let Yisra’EL go? I do not know YeHoVaH, nor am I going to let Yisra’EL go.’” And, from that point on, the Pharaoh’s heart became more and more hardened, so much so that at the very end, Pharaoh lost everything he had, his firstborn son. And, lest we forget, the Pharaoh’s son was not brought back from the dead; however, when YeHoVaH gave to us His firstborn and only Son, Yeshua, He was raised again to life everlasting.

Pharaoh should have wizened up, as Alana so eloquently put it; but, he did not, and he lost everything. So, let me ask you, in as blunt a manner as I can- Are you willing to lose everything just for the sake of saying that you are going to do what you are going to do and no one can ever make you do anything else because you are going to do what you are going to do? Are you willing to die a horrible separating death apart from YeHoVaH for all eternity just for the sake of saving face? Or are you ready to do what Pharaoh should have done, according to Alana, and love and obey and trust YeHoVaH for all time?

Haftarah Portion Readings

Dibre ha-Yamim Bet (2 Chronicles) 30:1-12

Yehoshua (Joshua) 5:1-15

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