Get Out of Egypt! Live!!!

Sep 19, 2017 No Comments by

UnknownThe Jews regard the first five books in the Bible as the Torah. They have a schedule that takes them through Torah passages every week. Recently, I taught in the USA on Ki Seitzei, a study of Deuteronomy chapter 21, verse 10 to chapter 25, verse 19. Ki Seitzei is derived from the Hebrew root ‘to leave’. The context is simple. The people had recently been delivered from slavery in Egypt and now they prepare for their new life in the Promised Land.

They have a massive but welcome adjustment… to shift from a slave temperament to a life of free, self-determined choice. Question: Do we sometimes live like victims instead of grasping the victory our faith provides?

The entire study starts with Deuteronomy chapter 21 verse 10 ‘when you go out to war against your enemies.’ It is easy to jump to thoughts of anti-Semitic enemies or enemies who delight to attack Israel or the other. But this is not the emphasis. Instead the people are called to fight against the enemies of lust, greed, jealousy and pride, which Jewish teachers call the Evil Inclination. Remember they had been physical slaves in Egypt. The warning is clear, if they give in to sin, they will still be enslaved.

Kindness

The many laws Moses gave the people were designed to prepare them for life in the Promised Land. It is time to be out of Egypt, once and for all. To birth a prosperous, blessed community the foundations must be kindness, generosity and preferring others.

 

She is permitted to greave her family, shave her head and pare her nails. She is not to be sold or treated as a slave. The soldier has rules, which provide time for him to resist lustful and selfish thoughts. In fact he is instructed to think of the woman’s well being. This is a stark contrast to the standards in the fallen world, significant if you think of their recent experiences in Egypt. The soldier is certainly in authority but he is expected to consider the human dignity of the woman.

UnknownThe morality of the law remains applicable whether you are a Jew or a Christian. From a Christian viewpoint in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth saying: It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. (1 Corinthians chapter 5, verses 1,2) Paul who was a student of the great Gamaliel simply enforced the Torah standards of morality. (Gamaliel was a learned teacher and a Pharisee).

These instructions are detailed with no less than 74 of the Torah’s 613 commandments explained. The people are given specific guidance on family life, property laws, the treatment of animals, the welfare of slaves, economic transactions and the burial of the deceased all addressed.

I can’t resist the joy of sharing Deuteronomy 22:12  “You shall make yourself tassels on the four corners of the garment with which you cover yourself.”

Tassles

Westerners are often puzzled by Jewish apparel. Four tassles, known as tzit tzit hang from the corners of their garment. Because they are on the corners there are four, and they contain the color blue. The blue thread intertwines the tassles and serves as a reminder the Torah is divinely woven throughout every life and circumstance. The tzitzit is a reminder to please the Creator.

The tassles are mentioned again in Malachi chapter 4, verse 2. “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.” Malachi describes ‘healing’ in the wings, in the tassles.

In the New Testament the Apostle Matthew describes a precious event. Matthew chapter 9 verse 20 to 22: “And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” Yeshua turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.”

Yeshua wore the tzit tzit and the healing flowed esrlier scriptures promised.

imagesKi Seitzei covers human rights –people respecting and honoring one another, animal rights are explained in detail. I read an Aish.com Torah portion and found an excellent illustration. “Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them — work, family, health, friends and spirit — and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls — family, health, friends and spirit — are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same.”

That vignette beautifully describes this Bible teaching.

 

 

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About the author

Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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