Torah Portion Yetro
Exodus 19:1-2 1 In the third month after the children of Yisrael were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 And when they were departed from R’fidim, and were come to the wilderness of Sinai, they camped in the wilderness; and there Yisrael camped before the mount.
- That Mount Sinai is not far from the Red Sea on the Midyan side
- When Moshe left Egypt the first time, when he was fleeing for his life, Scripture tells us that he
- settled in the land of Midyan (Midian).
Exodus] 2:15 15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to kill Moshe. But Moshe fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midyan; and he sat down by a well.
- Moshe rescued the daughters of the priest of Midyan (forwhom this Parasha is named), and eventually took one of them for his wife. And so Moshe lived in Midyan.
- The Kenites, then, were a nomadic tribe, more advanced in the arts of life than Israel. Their habitat, according to the first Biblical reference to them, was in the Sinaitic peninsula (unless Horeb is to be sought in Edom), and a part of them, viz., Jethro and his family (Num. x. 29-32; Judges l.c.), migrated with the Israelites to the neighborhood of Jericho, afterward settled in the south of Judah, and were finally absorbed by that tribe.
- It was while Moshe was out tending the flocks in Midyan, that YHWH appeared to Moshe in the burning bush.
On Eagles wings
Exodus 19:3-4 3 And Moshe went up to Elohim, and YHWH called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus shall you say to the house of Ya’aqov (Jacob), and tell the children of Yisrael: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on wings of eagles, and brought you to Myself.’”
- This phrase, I bore you on wings of eagles, is very descriptive of YHWH’s love and care, and
- especially of His training of His children.
- This is a very apt picture of our Heavenly Father’s love and training of His children. He will not
- allow us to crash to the earth, but there are times in which He dumps us off His back so that we
- can find our own wings and learn to fly.
Isaiah 40:31 but they that wait for YHWH shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings aseagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.
- What this phrase really means, is that YHWH cares for us enough to take us from being spiritually immature to being spiritually mature, so that we can learn to fly spiritually in order to build His Kingdom here on earth.
Will You Obey My Voice?
Exodus 19:5-6 5 “’Now therefore, if you will obey My Voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then you shall be Mine own possession from among all peoples: for all the earth is Mine: 6 and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, and a set-apart nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Yisrael.”
- YHWH tells Moshe tworequirements.
- The first requirement is to obey His Voice
- Obeying His Voice is the supreme duty of mankind.
- When YHWH created man and placed him in Gan Eden (Garden of Eden), He gave him a verbal commandment only. This was because He desired for man to hear and obey His Voice.
- Man has difficulty hearing and obeying His Voice.
- We tend to be so wrapped up in the physical needs of self.
- In fact, many times we do not even see our need in obeying His Voice.
- Are my needs being met right now?
- We need to mature in our walk with YHWH so that He can give to us greater responsibilities.
- #2 keeping (obeying) His covenant.
- His covenant is basically just a written record of His Voice (His Torah).
- The reason that He had His Voice recorded for us, is for the purpose of learning to hear, recognize, and obey His Voice.
Galatians 3:19a What then is the Torah? It was added because of transgressions,
- Because we (mankind) did not hear and obey His Voice the way that we should have done, YHWH had to put His Voice down in writing.
- That way we would have no excuse for our sins (disobeying His Voice).
- Thus, the vast majority of mankind refused to hear and obey His Voice. Hence, YHWH sent the flood to remove man from the earth, except for Noach and his family.
He Said – She Said
Exodus 19:7-8 7 And Moshe came and called for the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which YHWH commanded him. 8 And all the people answered together, and said, “All that YHWH has spoken we will do.”