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Yitro (Jethro)

Here is a fourth new beginning found in Exodus, and the fact that it is the fourth one is just perfect! If we look carefully at the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, we will find a re-creation pattern. Out of Israel, a Kingdom of Priests is born. They are to be a light to the nations, which is imagery connecting me to the first day of creation.

One Day– The Light spoken into being on the first day of creation could represent the Wisdom of God. Just like how stars reflect the sun’s light, the great star, Israel, was to reflect the light of the Torah to the nations.

Isaiah 42:6: I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a Light to the Gentiles (nations).

Second Day– The Priesthood is separated from the congregation of Israel and given the commission to divide using the same language found on the second day of creation when God divides the waters.

Lev 10:10: that you may distinguish (badal: divide) between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean.

Third Day– Exodus 19:1 tells us that in the third month, on the third day, the ten words were given. Words are seeds, according to Yeshua in the Parable of the Sower (Mt 13.19-23). We have the ten words or ten seeds given on the third day. All tree kingdoms are born on the third day when trees with seeds inside of them were first established. The Priesthood is now a kingdom, born on a third day.

Exodus 19:1: In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai.

Exodus 19:6: And you shall be to me a Kingdom of Priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

Fourth Day-We are connected to this day of creation when Moses ordains 70 elders to help him rule the nation. To rule (memshalah) is the action verb of the fourth day of creation. Rulership is tightly woven with justice. To rule in righteousness and justice is the commission of the Priesthood.

Exodus 18:25: And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people; rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. So they judged the people at all times; the hard cases they brought to Moses, but they judged every small case themselves.(bold accents added)

Fifth Day– The children of Israel become a part of this Kingdom by entering into covenant with the Holy One.

Exodus 24:7: Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has said we will do, and be obedient.”

Sixth Day– The sin of the Golden Calf. The new nation of Israel has now reflected, through worship, the image of the beast. Beasts were created on the sixth day of creation. When constructing the calf and giving it the credit of delivering them from Egypt, the children of Israel dwelt under the shade of the wrong tree.

Genesis 1:25: And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Exodus 32:4: And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool and made a molded calf. Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!”

Seventh Day– In the following Torah portions, Israel builds a tabernacle, which is likened to the Garden of Eden. They create a space for the Name of God to dwell. A place for the Presence of the Holy One to emanate from. A place where the Ark of the Covenant is in the midst, as a Tree of Life. A place without chaos. A place of peace and order.

Brianna Lehmann

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