And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.
Exodus 6:3 (KJV)
Jehovah – When we talk about God, we seldom use His name. In fact, it could be said that the name “Yehovah” isn’t known to us either. But there’s a reason for this. The pronunciation of the tretragrammaton “YHVH” was hidden away long ago. Continue reading “The Pronunciation of YHVH”
And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.
Exodus 1:21 (KJV)
Houses – So did God actually come down and build a house for each of the midwives? Some translations have the word “families” instead. Maybe God gave the midwives families? Continue reading “One House for You, and Another for You”
And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord:
Exodus 6:2 (KJV)
Spake – Scientists recognize that one of the smallest elements that make up everything in the world is the atom. An atom is formed of a nucleus with electrons that circle around it. And in between the electrons and the nucleus is a large gap of empty space. If the nucleus was the size of a penny, the space from it to the nearest electron would be about 1.5 miles away. So that means there’s a lot of empty space in everything. Continue reading “Quantum Physics in God’s Voice”
And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the Lord: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the Lord continually.
Exodus 28:30 (KJV)
The Urim and the Thummim – I had the most fascinating conversation this week with another elder. We were discussing about when David was given a tough decision, he called for the ephod of the priests to figure it out. Our question was, why? What exactly was an ephod and how did it help David? Here’s the verse that sparked our interest. Continue reading “Urim and Thummim”
Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.
Exodus 8:21 (KJV)
Swarms of flies – We’ve read this story so many times as a child, and maybe even as an adult, that we could probably list the 10 plagues by memory. Continue reading “A Mixture of Interpretations”
Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
Exodus 32:10 (KJV)
Now therefore let me alone – All these words are really just one word in the Hebrew text: yanach which means “to rest”. YHVH tells Moses to let him rest. “Leave me alone” is a decent translation, but without knowing the Hebrew, we’re missing a hidden implication in the word yanach. Continue reading “Moses is the New Noah”
Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.
Exodus 31:13 (KJV)
Sabbaths – I’d like to draw attention to something here. Who is the authority regarding Scripture? God or the church? Once we understand who the authority is, then our conformity to that authority should follow. Continue reading “Authority and Conformity”
Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, otherwise He will fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.”
Exodus 5:3 (NASB)
Then they said – In Rabbi David Fohrman’s latest book, The Exodus You Almost Passed Over, he talks about the Tale of Two Speeches. In this section of the book he compares the two speeches from Moses to Pharaoh, in light of the contrasts between monotheism and polytheism.
Continue reading “Tale of Two Speeches”
And the Lord appointed a set time, saying, Tomorrow the Lord shall do this thing in the land.
Exodus 9:5 (KJV)
Tomorrow – One of the most fascinating intricacies of the Hebrew culture is their understanding of time. It’s not linear as we view it today. In our Greco-Roman culture the past has already happened and is behind us on this linear path, whereas the future is in front of us. But the Hebrews didn’t view it like this. Continue reading “Tomorrow is Behind Us”
And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said To morrow is a feast to the LORD.
Exodus 32:4-5 (KJV)
Gods – Why is this plural? The Israelites knew full well who brought them out of Egypt. They knew it was the Living God – singular. Moses made sure that was clear to everyone, even Pharaoh. So why would Aaron build one golden calf and refer to it in the plural form? Well there’s a few mistakes happening here, not just Aaron’s. Continue reading “Aaron’s Mistake”