- Torah – Exodus 10:1-13:16
- Haftarah – Jeremiah 46:13-28, Ezekiel 20:1-44
- Brit Hadashah – Matthew 26:17-27:66, Luke 2:22-24, Acts 13:16-23, 1 Corinthians 10:11, Revelation 8:6-9:12, 16:1-21
This weeks Torah Parshah finishes out the rest of the ten plagues that were started in our last parhsah Va’era. The final three plagues are the locust, darkness and death of the first born. It is very important that Pharaoh was given every opportunity to repent and to simply do as YHVH had commanded. Yet as we see time and time again he chose to harden his heart.
This may be totally unrelated but as I was typing the fist paragraph and listing the last three plagues there is one verse that immediately popped into my mind.
James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
This is the LSD verse – LUST, SIN, DEATH
I can very easily see the locust representing “lust” as they ravage the land stripping it of every green morsel. The Plague of darkness in my mind fits the “sin” part perfectly as sin always leads to spiritual darkness. Then finally after repeatedly refusing to repent, death comes.
Sadly this pattern is played out in the lives of people day after day. As it seems that people are predisposed to love their sin more than they love Yah. And as they feed the lust of their own heart, sin is born, then as they continue in their sin, death reigns.
As we examine the darkness and despair that the plagues and the cures of sin brings, there is a glimmer of hope given to the Israelite children. And oddly enough that hope springs forth from the death of an innocent lamb, which was to be a foreshadowing of our Messiah Yeshua.
Romans 5:21 so that as sin did reign in death, even so favour might reign through righteousness to everlasting life through Yeshua Messiah our Master.
It is through the sacrifice of the Pesach that brings us deliverance from sin. The acceptance of this sacrifice has and will always precede deliverance, for without faith it is impossible to please God. And without the blood being applied death will enter.
At the end of this last and great plague, Pharaoh and the rest of Egypt had finally had enough and they thrust the people out of the land. This marks the beginning of the Exodus.
Recap: The Plagues of Egypt
The plagues of Egypt (i.e., makot Mitzraim: ( מכות מצרים ) refer to the calamities that befell Egypt by the hand of the God of Israel as recounted in the Book of Exodus. Since there were a total of ten distinct plagues delivered upon Egypt, they are also called the “Ten Plagues” (i.e., eser ha-makot: ( עשר המכות ). These plagues are also mentioned in Psalm 78:44-51 and Psalm 105:23-39. In Va’era, the first seven of the ten plagues are described.
1. Makat Dam ( מכת דם ): Water turned to blood (Exod. 7:14–25)
2. Makat Tzefarde’a ( מכת צפרדע ): Frogs from the Nile (Exod. 7:25–8:11)
3. Makat Kinim ( מכת כינים ): Gnats (or lice) from the dust (Exod. 8:12–15)
4. Makat Arov ( מכת עָרוֹב ): Swarms of flies (or wild animals) (Exod. 8:20–32)
5. Makat Dever (מכת דֶּבֶר ): Pestilence (Exod. 9:1-7)
6. Makat Shechin ( מכת שחין ): Boils (Exod. 9:8-12)
7. Makat Barad ( מכת ברד ): Hail and Fire (Exod. 9:13-35)
8. Makat Arbeh ( מגפת ארבה ): Locusts (Exod. 10:1-20)
9. Makat Choshekh ( מכת החושך ): Darkness (Exod. 10:21-29)
10. Makat Bechorot ( מכת בכורות ): Death of the firstborn (Exod. 11:1-12:36)
Exodus 12:12 God says, “… on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments.” Thus the plagues are thought to be symbolic of the defeat of various gods venerated in ancient Egyptian mythology (and occultism in general):
1. Water turned to blood – Hapi and/or Khnum (god of the Nile)
2. Frogs from the Nile River – Heket (goddess of fertility and water)
3. Gnats from the dust – Geb (god of the Earth)
4. Swarms of Flies – Khepri (god of creation, lord of flies or beetles)
5. Death of Livestock – Apis (goddess of animals depicted as a bull); Osiris
6. Ashes to boils – Isis (goddess of nature, healing and peace)
7. Hail and Fire – Nut (sky goddess and sister of Geb)
8. Locusts sent from the winds – Set (god of storms, darkness, and disorder)
9. Three days of darkness – Ra (the Sun god) and Set (god of darkness)
10. Death of the firstborn – Pharoah (“son of Ra”); Khnum/ Amon (ram god)
This is also a good time to take some time and look at your life and really examine it according to scripture. Often these Torah topics run in circular patterns, and if your are struggling with a particular issue, and things just seem to keep getting worse, maybe God is trying to tell you that whatever it is that you are trusting in, whether it be money, family, your job, etc. He is bigger. It is easy for us to point out all the areas where Israel went wrong, but we need to remember that we are no better than they were and that we are prone to the same sin. Deliverance, although it is offered to everyone, it comes only to those with a yielded and obedient heart.
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Below are the links to this weeks Torah parsha. Enjoy!