Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellasie I &; Itege Menen Asfaw,
I welcome you all to one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee). I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures.
So,with this Hebrew Shabbot (or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read, & thoroughly discern, nonetheless studied the Torah portion W(V)a’Êrӑ-וָאֵרָא, from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel. From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the 5775 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 25th-כה, & the 26th-כו, of the month of Shébât-טֵבֵת. (the Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon)
From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as TegeleT’hu – ተገለጥሁ. This would also correlate with the dates, in what may be known as the year 2007/2027/7507, on the Ethiopic calendar. This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 8th-፰, & the 9th-፱, on the (ወርኀ)month of Ṭ’r-ጥር. in the Ethiopian language of Amharic which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church(the other language being Ge’ez-ግእዝ)
Exodus 6:2- 9:35
Ezekiel 28:25- 29:21
This portion of our studies of the Scriptures comes the Plagues of Egypt.
Now, in summation of the study we have in front of us; Moses is being spoken to from the burning bush that is of the God of the Hebrews (YHWH Elohim) & is commissioned to go to Pharaoh with his brother Aaron, to speak the words of God to Pharaoh to set the captives free, which are of Israel in Egypt. Moses questions his role in this command by God to be the Deliverer of the Hebrew people out of Egypt’s slavery, but of course Moses is convinced for a surety by the great power of the God of his patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob.
The God of Israel, appeared to Moses, & showed how the Hebrew children knew God as, El Shaddai(y)-אֵל שַׁדָּי,…but the name of “YHWH-יְהוָה”, was not known to them. God also spoke with Moses about how he heard the cry of Israel because of their hard bondage, and he sought to bring them out of Egypt with an outstretched arm.
[Ex. 6: 2-8]
Moses, told the people but they refused to hearken to his words, then God gave Moses and Aaron charge of the children of Israel & to speak with Pharaoh; the words of God.
[Ex. 6: 9-30]
Moses & Aaron, then instructed by God to speak to Pharaoh, & to show forth the signs, wonders, and great judgments that were to come upon Egypt. God knew that Pharaoh would not consent the words of Moses and his brother Aaron.
[Ex. 7: 1-15]
Vying again, for the release of the children of Israel, from the house of Pharaoh, Moses and Aaron, bring on more of the judgments of God. But Pharaoh’s heart continued to harden and clutches, still held to the Hebrews.
[Ex. 7: 15-25]
Again, the words of the God of the children of Israel, came to the house of Pharaoh, (LET MY PEOPLE GO!), for there were surely more signs, wonders, and judgments to come if these words were met with refusal.
[Ex. 8: 1-14]
Pharaoh, becoming more than disgruntled with the actions of Moses and Aaron, at the hands of the God of Israel, yielded not continuously.
[Ex. 8: 15- 9:12]
Famine, lice, pestilences, blood in the rivers of Egypt for seven days’ time, Pharaoh surely had to be at his wits’ end, in trying to fully grasp how the control of the house of Pharaoh had become been lost so rapidly. But, even in the midst of all of this, the hardening of his heart was at its height.
[Ex. 9: 13-35]
The lineage of the children of Israel that should come up out of Egypt is aligned in the study of the Scriptures for this parsha. The God of the Hebrews shows his power to the whole of Egypt through ten devastating Plagues.(In this study, we’ll first go through seven) In which, Moses and Aaron bring forth by the command of God, with the smiting of the ‘oppresive’ Egyptians with the wonders/miracles of YHWH-the God of the Hebrews.
- Plague of blood (דָם)dam: Exod. 7:14–25
- Plague of frogs (צְּפַרְדֵּעַ):T’safarade’a Exod. 7:25–8:11
- Plague of lice or gnats (כִּנִּים)kiniy’m: Exod. 8:16–19
- Plague of flies or wild animals (עָרוֹב)arob: Exod. 8:20–32
- Plague of pestilence (דֶּבֶר)deibeyr: Exod. 9:1–7
- Plague of boils (שְׁחִין)shach’yn: Exod. 9:8–12
- Plague of hail (בָּרָד)barad: Exod. 9:13–35
stay tuned, for more is to come….shalom-שלום