Print this article The second book of the Torah, or Pentateuch, is one of the basic "seed-plots" of the Bible. It is basic, dramatic, and provides an essential background for all that follows. It centers on the call of Moses, one of the most pivotal men of all history and a participant at the Transfiguration. Much has been speculated about the specific Pharaoh in this book.

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Print this article They went down to Egypt as a family. They emerged as a nation: "My Firstborn" God called them. Or do we? Moses, trained as a potential heir to the throne of Pharaoh, exiled to Midian for 40 years, encounters the famed flame: a bush that could not be consumed. A rather strange idiom for God to use. Jesus said, "Not one yot or one tittle shall pass from the Torah until all be fulfilled. A "tittle" is the decorative hook on certain letters. Are we to take the text of the Torah that seriously?

Are there hidden meanings tucked away behind the strange details and figures of speech? The Strange Burning It apparently was an acacia bush shittah - the thorn - bush of the desert. What does this uniqueness signify Levitically? Fire, of course, speaks of judgment. What can this signify? Only the Grace of God! It is always the grace of God that attracts us - not His righteousness. His holiness and righteousness terrifies us - as indeed it should.

It was His grace that attracted Moses and changed the course of history. We should remember this when we approach others on His behalf. It is always grace which attracts. This ancient deliverance was also a foreshadowing of our own "Passover" -Jesus Christ.

John the Baptist introduced Jesus publicly with the remarkable title, "Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world! What a blow! It is generally taught that Moses simply misrepresented God to the people in letting them think that God was angry; and, perhaps, also appearing to take credit for the provision. After 40 years of faithful, strenuous, and often frustrating service, this misfeasance denied him his lifetime dream.

But there is also an additional possibility. Paul reveals that, idiomatically, the "rock" was a code for Christ. Our space here is too limited to even list other examples, such as the famous plagues brought on Egypt, which anticipate the judgments in the Book of Revelation, and the remarkable details of the peculiar portable sanctuary known as "the Tabernacle," specified in Exodus This background alone is one of the most provocative studies a Christian can undertake in the Bible.

This article is to encourage you to undertake a careful and investigative study of this remarkable and fundamental book. There is far more here than was ever even considered in Cecil B.

A study of the real story would be a great project for the summer leisure time. Good hunting! Proverbs The Acacia seyal the gum-arabic tree is also called the "shittah" tree Isa Its wood is called shittim wood Ex ,26 ,13,23,28 etc.

It is like the hawthorn, a gnarled and thorny tree. It yields the gum-arabic of commerce. Genesis ; Matthew Deut ; ; Heb Mt ; Mark ; Rev ; John For a review of the prophetic implications of all seven Mosaic feasts, see The Feasts of Israel. Genesis In Exodus , the Hebrew calendar was changed to make Nisan previously the 7th month "the beginning of months.


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