By Joseph Shulam
This Shabbat reading is from Exodus 6:2-8:35. The very first verse of this portion is a bit of a shock to most people who read the Bible carefully. In the book of Genesis, we find the Tetragrammaton (the four letters that comprise the name of God- יהוה) 165 times. So, now we have the revelation that until this moment when Moses is about to tell Pharaoh “Let my people go” the only revelation that God gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, was of “God Almighty”. God clearly states that our forefathers did not know HIS names “Jehovah”. What can we learn from this statement that God reveals to Moses!
Revelation is progressive – God revealed HIS identity and HIS plan for humanity progressively – that is bit by bit – inch by inch. Yeshua himself states this very clearly:
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.”
What are the implications of Progressive Revelation?
- God does not tell us the end from the beginning.
- God speaks to us in human language – a language that we can understand. Our Jewish tradition states that Torah (God’s ultimate revelation the Law of Moses) speaks to us in human language and it is not in the sky – it is down here on Earth.
- The implications are that it is given to us in a language that we can understand, but not only the language but also the content is geared for us to understand.
- God’s commandments are reasonable and not difficult. Yeshua said it in a very clear way: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” (Matthew 11:29–30 NKJV)
- “What we know today about God and the way HE works among men was not known in previous generations. Therefore, the apostle Paul said: “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12 NKJV)
“And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name LORD I was not known to them.” (Exodus 6:2–3 NKJV)
The new revelation that God gives to Moses is the most amazing truth of the whole Bible. You see the Children of Israel before Moses were worshiping a God of power – a God that is in some ways not that much different from the gods of their neighbors. He was a personal God to the Fathers of the nation; He was a God who had relationship with the children of Abraham. God was a God of a people not a place and HE did not reside in a House (Temple) made by man’s hands. God went with the people; HE went with the individuals – like in the case of Jacob going north to Haran and stopping to sleep in Beth-EL. God reveled HIMSELF to Jacob in the dream as his personal guide and protector.
The first time that we see and hear of God being a national God is in the giving of the Torah in Mount Sinai. The answer that God gave Moses on Mount Sinai next to the burning bush was;
Ex. 3:14, “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” 15 Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’”
There is a major change happening here. The change is from a personal God that goes with the family to a God of time a God who reveals himself in time and through time. The Word “I am” or “to be” is a time Word. This switch and new revelation is a major change in relations and of course of demands. From this moment on the God of israel is dealing with a nation and has national demands of the people and of their leaders. From this point on Moses does not represent is family or his tribe. Moses is a national representative of God and HIS PEOPLE. The God that Moses serves is a God of history – hstory is a sequential set of connected events on a time line.
This is precisely the importance of this revelation and the significance of prophecy. Prophecy can only have a meaning if it is a proclamation of the one who controls time and events.
This ought to make it easier for us to understand the hardening of pharaoh’s heart. In the Hebrew it is clearly visible in the language. Pharaoh hardens the life of the Israelites with HARD LABOR and God HARDENED Pharaoh’s heart. There is here a classic “measure for measure.” As you already know Yeshua gave a very clear teaching on this issue: “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Matt 7:2)
This is why the last revelation is the most authoritative one!
Please continue to pray for the leadership of the USA and especially for president Trump. Pray also for the prime-minister of israel, mr. Benjamine Netanyahu. He is under investigation for recieving some lavish gifts that are suspected as bribes. I suspthat it is a kind of media witch-hunt that has been the bon-ton of Israeli politics since ARIEL Sharon was the prime minister. The Israeli left wing can’t win an election so they try other means to bring down the government. Israel needs your prayers!
The horrid situation in Syria and Iraq continues to bleed with thousands of lives lost and hundreds of thousands lives affected. Israel has just accepted hundreds of orphan children from Syria and granted them shelter and temporary residence. We need to pray for israel and the important role that it playes in this humanitarian disaster. Israel is doing great things for the Syrian wounded and for the children. Pray wth us for the Lord to bless israel and for the Arabs to understand that we are not thier enmies.
Barry our son is improving and slowly the wound is healing and closing. Please keep Barry in your prayers. Please pray for Marcia my wife.
Pray for the leadership of Netivyah. The young leaders are taking a bigger role in leading. These are wonderful developments but also full of pitfalls. We all need your prayers.
Kol HaYeshua Radio broadcast is going to broaden the scope of our broadcasts. We really need your prayers and support for the only available media broadcast of the good news in the Hebrew.
I ask you to pray for the next congress of the TEACHING FROM ZION ministry in Brazil. Our brothers in Brazil are doing a great job with major financial sacrifice. Pray for the following: physical protection, guidance of the Holy Spirit, provision of all the needs, protection for all the many travelers who are coming from all around the word, including China, and for us
Please keep Danah our daughter and Noaam our granddaughter in your prayers. Danah is a hero as a single mother with extreme difficulties she is still serving God and the community. Pray to God to give her strength and give her health and give Noaam a clear view of the sacrificial life that her mother has to provide Noaam everything she needs and most of what she wants.
Please keep praying for the sick brothers and sisters from all around the World. I would like to ask you to pray for some friends who have a need for God’s blessing on their work: Chung and Sister Lee. I have special concern for our dear brother Goh and his family, and for Sister Christy, Sister Laurel, and for Brother Michael Kenzevic, and Daniel L., and his company. These are brothers who have needs in their work and God is gracious to bless and help those who have concern to bless others.
Please don’t forget to especial pray for healing and strength for our dear brothers in Murfreesboro. Pray for our dear brother and sister Bobby, and Emmet, and Joe M., and Gloria D., these are all very precious brothers and friends are battling serious health issues and we must keep them in our prayers.
Please don’t forget to pray for our dear sister Ruby, and for my finest teachers, Dr. John McRay, and George Howard.
Keep Gary in your prayers and Nancy’s and Don’s son Aharon who is doing better now, but still is struggling with a tumor in his brain keep him in your prayers please! Yuri Marianenko a member of our congregation in Jerusalem is fighting a prostate cancer. Our wonderful older brothers and sisters need our prayers: Ahuvah Ben Meir, David Stern, Marcia Shulam, Sarit, Miriam, Ilana, and Leah. This week I am adding to this prayer list our dear sister Lydia – lift her up in your prayers and ask for special encouragement for her from the Lord Himself.
We lift up our dear brothers and sisters Clara, Paulo, Naomi, Tim Tucker, Anna, Anne-Mirijami, Satu-Maria, Anna-Majia, Sinni Tuuli, Erki and Sirpa, and Evelina, Eva H., and our dear sister Liz J., in Georgia, and Horace and June Marcia’s parents.
We especially lift up before your throne of mercy Marcelo’s father and mother in Belo-Horizonte. We pray for the following dear brothers and sisters: Pastor Curita in Tokyo, Toru San, and the husband of Yumi, Sadako San, Shoko San, Takeo Sensei and Tomoko San all in Japan.
I bless all of you who are praying and supporting the work of the Lord in Israel. May all the blessings promised to those who bless Abraham’s seed, and may you see the fulfillment of all your dreams. My gratitude is beyond words! God bless you my dear Brothers and Sisters. Please keep praying for the Restoration of the church and of Israel.
Pray for a victory over the forces of terrorism around the World. The source of all these terrorist activities around the whole world is known and it is one. It is the same source that hit the twin towers in New York City on 9/11, and the carnage in Nice, France, and the Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, and reached all the way to Bally, and San-Bernardino, California, and Orlando, Florida, and and and, all the way to Jerusalem last Sunday! If Christians don’t wake up and confront this source of evil in the world no one else is going to do anything. The thing to do is not use the same iron and steel tools of war and destruction, but to use the weapons of war that are listed so clearly in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
May God have mercy on our World! We need to learn to use these tools of spiritual warfare, and I am sorry to say that we are not training our brothers and sisters to at least know the real meaning of these tools of war and learn how to use them effectively. It is not impossible it is possible and the Holy Spirit is there to guide us, but only if we stop pretending to have the Holy Spirit and stop being satisfied with the fake and go after the real power of God that is effective like a two-edged sword. If the Christians will be satisfied with the fake the real thing is not going to show up.
God bless you my dear brothers and sisters, stay faithful to God and to His Word and Spirit,