This week we complete the account of the last three plagues brought upon Egypt. Locust, darkness, and the death of the first-born.
- Genesis 10:1-13:16
- Jeremiah 46:13-28
- Romans 9:14-29
In the opening of this Parsha, there is a great emphasis upon family. Consider the reason that HaShem gives Mosheh for continuing to bring the plagues upon Pharaoh and Egypt:
And יהוה said to Mosheh, “Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, so that I show these signs of Mine before him, and that you relate in the hearing of your son and your son’s son what I have done in Mitsrayim, and My signs which I have done among them. And you shall know that I am יהוהExodus 10:1-2 TS2009
It was, in part, for the generations to come. That they might look back and remember what had been done for the past generations, and know that HaShem was, and still is, faithful.
This thought is continued with Mosheh’s answer to Pharaoh when he was asked, “Who are the ones that are going?”
And Mosheh said, “We are going with our young, and our old, with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we are going, for we have a festival to יהוה.”Exodus 10:9 TS200
The expectation, from the beginning, was that the journey of faith they were about to embark on was for the family.
I was always told, growing up, that I had to live my own faith and not the faith of my parents. I wonder, reading this passage, if that was true. While I agree that each of us must make the decision on our own to follow the Messiah and his Torah, this should not mean that it is done without the foundation of the faith of those who went before us. On the contrary, it is because of HaShem’s faithfulness to them, that I can know he will act the same towards me.
Perhaps part of what’s missing in our world is that we have sent our children out on their own to find their path, instead of directing them to the path that leads to life.
So then, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of Elohim, being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Messiah Yeshua himself being the chief cornerstone.Ephesians 2:19-20 WEB