Shemot 18:1-20:23

by Malachi ben Moshe

In the beginning of the passage you see Jethro, Moshe's father-in-law, instructing him about spiritual protocol. He teaches him a system that allows him to pass down information to all of the people and deal with their problems in a more effective way. He would select people with strong moral values. They had to be willing to represent God in any situation and maintain a commitment to the truth. After Jethro leaves God makes a proposal to the children of Israel. He wanted to give them his Torah and make them a set apart people. He said they would be a nation a holy nation of priests and ministers. They were destined to use their spiritual protocol to bring the words of God to everyone on the planet. Israel quickly accepted and decided to live according to all God laws and commandments. He had Moshe prepare them for his presence and came to speak to all of them at Mount Sinai. The people feared God in all his glory and wanted Moshe to intercede on their behalf. The system that was established earlier would now play more of a role. Moshe would hear from God and he would pass on the wisdom of God to the people via Aaron and his aide Joshua. The instructions that God gave that day would eventually be known as the Ten Commandments. He commanded them to believe in him and only him. He demonstrated his power and spoke proving his existence without a shadow of a doubt to them. He showed them a sight only seen once. He commanded them to make no figures or idols of him since they knew he was incomparable. Many of the other commandments dealt with deal with each other. No stealing, lying, or murdering was allowed. They were a list of moral obligations that only God himself could decide. The nation that would be his priests and messengers were obligated to maintain their sanctity and these would help them to do so.

by Shekinah

Devar TORAH – Yisro (abundance)

Scripture: Shemoth 18:1-20:23

Mishkan David – Holy of Holies

Yisro – the name and the person really intrigued/impressed me. He is the father-in-law of Moses.

Moses left Egypt because of fear for his life. He had killed an Egyptian who was beating an Israelite. He ended up at Yisro’s house and married his daughter, Zipporah. Moses stayed thee, content, until his call to begin to do his purpose in the earth. He has followed the instructions of his Father Echad (cause) and the children/nation of Israel has been let go (effect) and are encamped near the Mount of Sinai.

Yisro appears, brings Moses’ wife and children to be with him. He observes Moses’ everyday life with the children/nation of Israel. He then gives Moses advice which he accepts. (Read Shemos 18:1-27). Then he left.

I looked for Moses’ birth father’s name -Shemos 6:20 -Amram. This tells the name of his birth father but doesn’t give any interaction with his son, even though he was hidden in the house for three months and then was raised by his birth mother, Jochebed, until grown.

I focused on the father-in-law because he is the one who showed up and gave advice (sanctioned by God) and Moses received it. After his father-in-law left Father Echad gave Moses instructions to give to the people and Moses did it. I appreciate that Echad let him receive instructions from an earthly father.

Holy of Holies - “Come on – go with me – I’ll take you there” – Read Shemos 19:1-9. When all was prepared Echad spoke the “Ten Words” (Commandments). TORAH says, “The entire people saw the thunder and the flames, the sound of the shofar and the smoking mountain; the people saw and trembled and stood from afar. They said to Moses, “You speak to us and we shall hear; let God not speak to us lest we die. Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for in order to elevate you has God come; so that awe of Him shall be upon your faces, so that you shall not sin.” The people stood from afar and Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.” (Shemos 20:15-18)

I didn’t/don’t know my birth father nor did I receive instructions from him. I appreciate Echad for sending me an earthly father, Rebbe Moshe ben Avraham, my Teacher, to say to me, “This is the path – walk in it!!!” Baruch ECHAD!!! AM ISRAEL!!!