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Beshalach (When He Sent Out)

You thought we were done with the new beginnings in Exodus, but heck no, we are not. Here is a wildly wonderful new beginning. It begins with the Pesach (Passover) Lamb and ends with the nation of Israel being born. Let us begin.

One Day– The reason we connect the blood of the Lamb to the first day of creation and its Primordial Light of Life is because of a reference in Revelation 21:23;

Revelation 21:23: The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). (bold accents added)

It is clear that this verse is not connecting the light of the Lamb to the fourth day’s sun, moon, and stars because they are no longer needed. It takes us back to the very beginning. Before the luminaries were created, there was the Light of Life. The blood of the Lamb in the Exodus also created life because it was necessary on the doorposts to keep the Angel of Death out.

Second Day– Right after the light of life that the Pesach Lamb produces, Israel is cornered at the Sea of Reeds (Red Sea) by the Egyptian host. Israel possibly thought this was the end of their story, but it was not. God separated (divided) the Egyptians and Israel in Exodus 13:21 and 14:20. The cloud, a reference to the Ruach HaKodesh, was light to Israel and darkness to the Egyptians. Division, light, and darkness connect us to the second day.

Exodus 14:20: So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other so that the one did not come near the other all that night.

Third Day– The waters are gathered, and the Israelites pass through on dry land. This could point us to the third day of creation.

Genesis 1:9-10: Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear,” and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas…

Exodus 14:16: But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. (bold accents added)

Fourth Day– We have every appointed time, or moedim, mentioned in the book of Exodus. If the fourth day of creation placed the sun, moon, and stars in the sky for signs (ot) and seasons (moedim), then the Exodus is where we find all of the seasons implemented. Exodus contains the first mention of all the moedim except Unleavened Bread (Gn 19.3) and Sukkot (Gn 33.17).

Shabbat-Exodus 16:23

Pesach-Exodus 12:11

Yom Habikkurim (counting of the omer)-Exodus 16:16

Hag Massa or Unleavened Bread-Exodus 12:8

Shavuot or Pentacost-Exodus 19:11

Yom Teruah or Feast of Trumpets-Exodus 23:16

Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement-Exodus 34:22

Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles-Exodus 12:37

Fifth Day– Pharaoh is called a great whale in the rivers (Ez 29.3). The tannin, defined as a great whale in the KJV, was created on the fifth day. Birds and fish are created on this day. The second day divides the upper waters (shamayim) from the lower waters (mayim), meaning that the subjects are either sustained by the upper waters or God, or by the lower waters of human and self-sustanance. God throws Pharaoh, the tannin, and those who trust in him into the Sea of Reeds, or the lower waters.

Genesis 1:21: So God created great sea creatures (tannin) and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to their kind. And God saw that it was good.

Ezekiel 29:3: Behold, I am against you, O Pharaoh king of Egypt, O great monster (tannin) who lies in the midst of his rivers, who has said, “My river is my own; I have made it for myself.”

Sixth Day– Israel is the son of God, just as Adam is called the son of God. This language connects me to the sixth day.

Hosea 7:1: “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son.

Shabbat-The commandments given on Mount Sinai show us how Israel is a new Adam. God gave Adam instructions in the Garden of Eden. Israel is to be the new representative of the Kingdom of God by taking hold of the Tree of Life or the instructions of the Holy One and reflecting it as a light to the world. We also see the Shabbat is given to Israel as a sign, or ot, of the covenant. God gives the Shabbat to Israel as a means to bring the chaos of sin and rebellion to an end and establish a throne of righteousness and justice, maintaining order in the land.

Ezekiel 20:20: Hallow My Shabbats, and they will be a sign (ot) between Me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.

Brianna Lehmann

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