Life Skills from the Word of YHWH

Bo (Come)

(Sefer Shemot) Exodus 10:1-13:16


10:1- “ And YHVH said unto Moshe, Come unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of
his servants, that I might show these My signs before him:
2- And that thou may tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in
Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am YHVH.
7- And Pharaoh's servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? Let the men go,
that they may serve YHVH their Elohim: know thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?
12- And YHVH said unto Moshe, Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they
may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail has left.
13- And Moshe stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and YHVH brought an east wind upon the
land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.
16- Then Pharaoh called for Moshe and Aharon in haste; and he said, I have sinned against YHVH your
Elohim and against you.
19- And YHVH turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into
the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt.
21- And YHVH said unto Moshe, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over
the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.
23- They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of
Yisrael had light in their dwellings.
11:1- And YHVH said unto Moshe, I will bring one more plague upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt; afterwards,
he will send you forth from here: when he sends you forth, he shall surely thrust you out from here.
4- And Moshe said, Thus says YHVH, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:
5- And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sits upon his
throne unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.
9- And YHVH said unto Moshe, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that My wonders may be
multiplied in the land of Egypt.
10- And Moshe and Aharon did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and YHVH hardened Pharaoh's heart,
so that he would not let the children of Yisrael go out of his land.
30- And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a
great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
31- And he called for Moshe and Aharon by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my
people, both ye and the children of Yisrael; and go, serve YHVH, as ye have said.
13:14- And it shall be when thy son asks thee in time to come, saying, What is this? That thou shall say
unto him, By strength of hand YHVH brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage.”

“He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar, and their labor unto the locust. He gave up
their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
(Psalms 78:46-48)
22 “He draws also the mighty with his power: he rises up, and no man is sure of life. Though it be given
23 him to be in safety, whereon he rests; yet his eyes are upon their ways. They are exalted for a
24 little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut
25 off as the tops of the ears of corn.”
(Job 24:22-24)
“But because YHVH loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto
your fathers, has YHVH brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house
of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
(Deuteronomy 7:8)
“He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the
pestilence; And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham.”
(Psalms 78:50-51)
“But YHVH, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and an outstretched
arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.”
(2 Kings 17:36)
 

Vaeira Summary:
1. The Rough Draft of Shifting Winds:

Throughout history, empires have risen and fallen, only to be replaced by another. What seems to suggest the instability of life should rather be perceived as rock solid evidence of the certainty of the Chief Architect’s ultimate plan. In what now reflects the duration of a brief moment in the annals of man’s time on earth, the splendor of Egypt quickly blew away, only to be evaporated by the fiery winds of the Judgment of Elohim. Using Moshe’s outstretched arm to demonstrate the summoning of Divine intervention, HaShem, without the consent of Pharaoh, continued the panoply of the plagues to assure the prescribed Deliverance of the Hebrew nation. For even as the children of Yisrael had once crossed over into Egypt to forage momentarily, HaShem would use the locusts, blown in from the east for but a season, to illustrate the plunder which would soon be made complete. Although the wonders performed in the land of Mitzrayim were designed to liberate the seed of Avraham, He, who created man from the dust and breathed the breath of life in him, did concurrently devastate an ungodly nation of oppressors.
So often we limit the scope of HaShem’s master plan. Even though Isaiah 40:15 declares,
“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance,”
the souls within such kingdoms are important to the Eternal as is their awareness that YHVH, the Holy One of Yisrael is Elohim; Exodus 7:5 confirmed HaShem’s desire that others share in this revelation:
“And the Egyptians shall know that I am YHVH, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt,
and bring out the children of Israel from among them.”
The situation today is no different. As darkened days loom over the horizon, and the inevitable Day of Doom brings its humbling pie for dessert, we must not deny the perfect discretion of the King. Not only are the ways of HaShem so time-testedly pure, but they repeatedly require us to stretch our faith. Psalms 19:9 emphatically exalts the untarnished perfection of HaShem’s executions thus:
9 “The fear of YHVH is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of YHVH are true and righteous
10 altogether.”
 

2. Drawn out of Egypt with a Purpose:
With the shattering of Pharaoh’s now broken will, Parasha Bo culminates in the welcomed edict to “get out.” As a result of the tenth and final plague, the first Pesach brings redemption to the firstborn and becomes the defining moment of Yisrael’s sweet release. Psalms 105:38 embodies the mood in Egypt over Yisrael’s overextended visit, themselves, celebrating with the newly freed slaves, namely:
“Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.”
Yet, the journey for this once captive people merely begins here. While the bondage of Egypt kept the people together in chains, the plan of Elohim was soon to be revealed in the wilderness. HaShem had not removed the oppression to simply let the people go about their business, but instead, He drew them out to be a people unto Himself. In Deuteronomy 4:20, Moshe would remind us all of HaShem’s intent:
“But YHVH has taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt,
to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.
Earlier in Leviticus 25:38, he would express to the nation that their departure from Egypt was not just to take them out of bondage but was ultimately to take them into that promised land, as it is written:
“I am YHVH your Elohim, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land
of Canaan, and to be your Elohim.”
May we continue to embrace the Destiny that awaits those who love Elohim and appreciate His strength.
 

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