Min Hazaqen Torah Commentary, by Ovadyah ben Yisrael

Bo פרשת בא “Go”
Shalom Chaverym;

This Sabbath’s video Torah study at 4pm Central Time with the staff and friends of Sabbath Keepers Fellowship.
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Here is your weekly commentary from Ovadyah Ben Yisrael
Bo – “Go” פרשת בא
Torah reading: Sh’moth 10:1 – 13:16
Haftarah reading: Yirmeyahu 46:13-28
Ketuvim Hatalmidym reading: Yochanan 19:31-37

Shalom aleykhem, achym, b’shem YHWH Elohey Yisrael ~ Peace to you, my brothers, in the name of YHWH, the Elohey of Yisrael.
L’ma’an tayd’un asher yaphleh YHWH beyn Mitzrayim uveyn Yisrael ~ “So that you may know that YHWH puts a difference between Mitzrayim and Yisrael.”

Mitzrayim is a type—an original type—of the nations of the world and worldly people. In contrast, Yisrael is the “Goy Qadosh”—the set-apart nation and chosen people, different from the rest of the world. YHWH sees the two as completely distinct and separate. No nation or person can be a little of both, but all are free to choose to belong wholly to either. To which do you completely belong, brethren? And why is it so vitally important that you decide?

V’shahatu oto kol kahal adat Yisrael beyn ha’arbayim. ~ “And the whole assembly of the congregation of Yisrael shall kill him between the evenings.”

This phrase, “whole assembly of the congregation” is rarely used in Torah. Usually it is either “assembly” or “congregation,” but not both. Put together this way, it means everybody—the entirety of the people of Yisrael. Note that the rest of the world is not invited to kill the passover lamb. He dies for the salvation of the chosen people of YHWH, so they alone must be the ones who kill him – that is Torah law. When you become a member of the whole assembly of the congregation of Yisrael, you become a member of His chosen people, and thereby complicit in the killing of the passover lamb and a beneficiary of the salvation brought by his blood. That is why it is so important that you decide to whom you belong—to Mitzrayim or to Yisrael—and that you do so wholly and completely.

V’ya’asu kal b’ney Yisrael ka’asher tzivah YHWH et Moshe v’et Aharon, keyn asu~ And so did all the children of Yisrael, as was commanded by YHWH to Moshe and to Aharon, so they did.”

The children of Yisrael, along with those who joined them from out of the nations, became one people of YHWH in a single moment of faith and obedience to His commandments at that first Passover. The result of this faith and obedience was:

“Vahi, b’etzem hayom hazeh hotzi YHWH et b’ney Yisrael mey’eretz Mitzrayim al tzav’otam. ~ 

In this single act, and then with the others that followed, He established that difference between Mitzrayim and Yisrael.

May it be today, brethren.


B’Shalom, Ovadyah Ben Yisrael

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