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exodus 10:1-13:16, bo “go” chiastic structure

Read Exodus 10:1-13:16 at Bible Gateway.

The paragraph divisions for bo are posted here. This torah portion forms its own chiastic structure:

Exo 10:1-13:16 {s+p+p+sx3+p+s+p+p+s+px3}
1a) Exo 10:1-2, I perform these signs before Pharaoh that you may tell your son the mighty things I have done;
1b) Exo 10:3-29 {s+p+p} “Let My people go that they may serve Me,” to be accomplished by the Lord’s outstretched arm;
1c) Exo 11:1-3 {s} Pharaoh will drive you out/ favor in the sight of the Egyptians:
— 1) Exo 11:1, One more plague, afterward Pharaoh will let you go/ drive you out;
— 2) Exo 11:2-3 {s} Ask silver + gold/ the Lord gave them favor in the sight of Egyptians;
1d) Exo 11:4-10 {s+s} At midnight I will strike the land of Egypt and the all the firstborn shall die;
1e) Exo 12:1, Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying;
1f) Exo 12:2-14, Passover instruction:
— 1) Exo 12:2-11, Choose + kill unblemished lamb/ its blood on the doorposts + lintel;
— 2) Exo 12:12-13, For I will pass through Egypt + strike the firstborn/ when I see the blood, I will pass over you;
— 3) Exo 12:14, This Passover a memorial feast to the Lord throughout your generations by everlasting ordinance;
1g) Exo 12:15-16, Eat unleavened bread for seven days/ whoever eats leaven will be cut off;
1h) Exo 12:17a, You shall observe Unleavened Bread;
central axis) Exo 12:17b, On this day I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt;
1h) Exo 12:17c, Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance;
2g) Exo 12:18-20 {p} You shall eat unleavened bread for seven days/ whoever eats leaven shall be cut off;
2f) Exo 12:21-27, Passover commandment:
— 1) Exo 12:21-22, Choose + kill the Passover lamb/ its blood on the lintel + doorposts;
— 2) Exo 12:23, The Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians/ when He sees the blood, He will pass over the door;
— 3) Exo 12:24-27, You shall observe this Passover as an ordinance for you and your sons forever;
2e) Exo 12:28 {s} The children of Israel did so; just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did;
2d) Exo 12:29-30, At midnight the Lord struck the firstborn of Egypt, and they died;
2c) Exo 12:31-36 {p} Pharaoh drove them out/ favor in the sight of the Egyptians:
— 1) Exo 12:31-34, Pharaoh let them go/ Egyptians drove them out in haste;
— 2) Exo 12:35-36 {p} Israel asked silver + gold/ the Lord gave them favor in the sight of Egyptians.
2b) Exo 12:37-51 {p+s+p} Israel ceased their sojourn in Egypt:
— 1a) Exo 12:37-42 {p} At the end of 430 years—on that very same day—all the armies of the Lord went out from Egypt;
— 1b) Exo 12:43, And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover;”
 — central axis) Exo 12:43b-49, The regulations for the ordinance of the Passover;
— 2b) Exo 12:50 {s} Thus all the children of Israel did; as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did;
— 2a) Exo 12:51 {p} On that very same day, the Lord brought the children of Israel out of Egypt according to their armies;
2a) Exo 13:1-16 {p+p} Ordinance of the firstborn / Unleavened Bread a testimony to future generations.

So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.I find it interesting that remembering the Lord’s mighty outstretched arm in accomplishing deliverance for Israel as a testimony to future generations is a key highlighted at the open and close of this parashah.

Now the LORD said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son’s son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am the LORD.” Exo 10:1-2

So it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is  this?’ that you shall say to him, ‘By strength of hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. And it came to pass, when Pharaoh was stubborn about letting us go, that the LORD killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of beast. Therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all males that open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’ Exo 13:14-15

The purpose for telling these things in the hearing of our sons and son’s son, is that we and they may know that God is the I AM, YHVH. YHVH means, the Greater One than all the false gods of man- made religion; YHVH means Savior to the uttermost by the blood of our Passover Lamb, Messiah Yeshua; YHVH means Bringer out of whatever darkness and bondage the enemy has us trapped in, and complete Deliverer.

(Please notice that the LORD did not deliver Israel from Egypt so that they could now be anarchists, living in whatever manner they chose for themselves, but so that Israel could serve YHVH rather than serving Pharaoh, He brought them out, Exo 10:3.)

Perhaps we lose 90% of our children to the world, precisely because as the body of Messiah, we have been taught to ignore these remembrances and scoff at these observances with all their attendant regulations, which are an ordinance forever? Perhaps our children do not learn the meaning of “I am YHVH” for themselves because we have ignored the wisdom prescribed by God to transfer the faith from one generation to the next? Perhaps when we do not observe this Passover and Unleavened Bread, we are declaring by our non- observance, that we are not grafted in to the olive tree of Israel (Rom 11:17)? And perhaps, when we realize these things, and repent and return, and submit ourselves to the Lord our God, He also has mercy on our sons and our sons’ sons, and returns them to us, just as we have returned ourselves to Him.

torah teachings index for sat 21 dec 2013

This is My name forever.

If you are reading the annual Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Exo 1:1-6:1, annual  parashah  shemot,  “names”  (index of study notes). This is the new post for this torah reading.

If you are reading the triennial Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Gen 43:24-44:17, triennial cycle vayavei ha-ish, “then the man brought” (index of study notes).

torah teachings index for sat 07 dec 2013

...If you are reading the annual Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Gen 44:18-47:27, annual parashah vayigash, “and he drew near”  (index of study notes). This is the new post for this torah reading.

If you are reading the triennial Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Gen 41:38-42:17, triennial cycle hanimtza, “can we find” (index of study notes).

torah teachings index for sat 23 nov 2013

Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

Genesis 37:28

If you are reading the annual Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Gen 37:1-40:23, vayeshev, “and he dwelt”  (index of study notes). This is the new post for this torah reading.

If you are reading the triennial Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Gen 40:1-23, triennial cycle chateu, “they offended” (index of study notes).

genesis 37:1-40:23, annual cycle vayeshev, “and he dwelt”

Read Genesis 37:1-40:23 at Bible Gateway.

Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

Genesis 37:28

The paragraph divisions for vayeshev are posted here. Vayeshev forms its own complete chiastic structure, which is posted here. Now, each of the paragraphs in vayeshev also form their own chaistic structures:

Gen 37:1-36 {p} Joseph’s advancement and enslavement (this chiastic structure is posted here …)

Gen 38:1-30 {s} Judah departed from his brothers among the Canaanites (this chiastic structure is posted here …)

Gen 39:1-23 {p} Joseph departed from his brothers among the Egyptians

1a) Gen 39:1-6, Joseph brought low, but YHVH’s favor upon him;
1b) Gen 39:7, Master’s wife seeks to lie with Joseph;
central axis) Gen 39:8-10, Joseph’s refusal;
2b) Gen 39:11-19, Master’s wife lies about Joseph;
2a) Gen 39:20-23, Joseph brought low, but YHVH’s favor upon him.

(The significance of the strong theme from Gen 38:1-39:23, Judah and Joseph …)

Gen 40:1-23 {p} Joseph in prision

1a) Gen 40:1-4, The chief butler + baker offended Pharaoh, so he confined them in the prison house;
1b) Gen 40:5-8, They each dream a dream + Joseph: interpretations belong to God;
1c) Gen 40:9-14, The chief butler’s dream and interpretation;
central axis) Gen 40:14-15, Joseph: Remember me to Pharaoh for I have done nothing deserving of prison;
2c) Gen 40:16-19, The chief baker’s dream and interpretation;
2b) Gen 40:20a, The interpretation came to pass on the third day;
2a) Gen 40:20b-23, Pharaoh lifted butler + baker from prison/ restored one + hanged other, according to the interpretation.

Vayeshev reveals that Joseph was promoted three times: under his father, under Potiphar, and under the keeper of the prison; and he was brought low three times: into the pit, into slavery, and into the prison house. Three times Joseph faced a type of death, and was delivered from death: the first in the pit, the second as a slave (slavery is a type of death in scripture, for the former life is no more) and the third as a prisoner (prison is likewise a type of death in scripture, for the former life is again no more). Passages which are prophetic of Messiah in Torah contain Messianic signs consistently used … three, and deliverance from death, are significant Messianic signs (please see the teaching tools of scripture for more on that). Joseph is being highlighted as a Messianic type. Vayeshev is prophesying of the first coming and ministry of Messiah, which is: though exalted, and though righteous, Messiah will be brought low and suffer, not because of his own sins, but because of the sins of others.

torah teachings index for sat 16 nov 2013

And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed."

Genesis 32:28

If you are reading the annual Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Gen 32:3-36:43, vayishlach, “and he sent”  (index of study notes). This is the new post for this torah reading.

If you are reading the triennial Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Gen 39:1-23, triennial cycle vayosheph, “now joseph” (index of study notes).