Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,
I welcome you all to a new regenartion of cycle Torah readings! This is another 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 in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to the opening of the Torah portion with Bo – בֹּא. On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5776, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 5th – ה, & the 6th – ו, of the month of Shébât – שְׁבָט, for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel. (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2008/2028/7508, on the Ethiopic calendar. This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 6th – ፮, & the 7th – ፯, on the (ወርኀ)month of T’r-ጥር. In the Scriptures, what is also known as G’bӑ – ግባ. The Ethiopic calendar is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet – ሰንበት) 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 10: 1- 13:16
Jeremiah 46: 13-28
Luke 22: 7-30
I Corinthians 11: 20-34
This portion our study of the Scriptures, deals with the three (3) remaining plagues of Egypt.
The children of Israel are instructed by God to compose their calendar (or simply a “time keep-sake”) by the phases of the moon, which leads to the creation of the lunar Hebrew calendar. During the plagues, a memorial for the Hebrews to keep yearly, is instituted. This memorial would become a statute of those who perform the practical applications of the Hebrew faith; for example, the keeping of the Sabbath, but the time-keeping (months-years) in an annual sense.
“FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD“
8th) Locusts – Exod. 10:1-20; 9th) Darkness – Exod. 10:21-29;
10th) Death of Firstborn – Exod. 11:1-10, 12:29-32
God tells Moses and Aaron, and to go to Pharaoh, knowing that his heart was hardened but the signs and wonders of God, were to come upon Egypt. The children of Israel were to tell the their children and the many generations to come, of the signs, of YHWH.
Locusts, the eighth plague, which covered the land of Egypt, and devoured crops, fields and such put put more strain on the land.
[Exo. 10: 1-8]
Moses and his brother Aaron, were brought to Pharaoh, in supplication that they inquire of YHWH, that the locusts be taken up from the land of Egypt, in exchange for the children of Israel to make a feast to him, in service. It was so made, in that a west wind took the locusts, just as an east wind brought them in.
[Exo. 10: 9-19]
Pharaoh’s heart, being hardened once more, he continued his refusal of letting go the children of Israel. God told Moses, to stretch his hands toward the heavens so that it would be darkness to fall upon the land of Egypt.(three days) When the darkness covered Egypt, Pharaoh pleaded with Moses to make sacrifice to YHWH, bring light upon Egypt.
[Exo. 10: 20-29]
God then, told Moses that there would still be yet, one more plague that would be placed upon Egypt. For afterwards this plague the children of Israel, would come out of Egypt. Moses was to tell the people, to prepare to exit Egypt, shortly, and to borrow of their neighbors jewels of silver and gold; even so to the point that they received favor in the sight of the Egyptians because of the sign and wonders, that they were able to take of them as well. But yet, every firstborn of Egypt would be taken away, even that of the Pharaoh’s house. This would be the 10th and final plague.
[Exo. 11: 1- 12:1]
Tav/Taw – final Hebrew Letter – ת
“And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it”.
In this, the institution of the Passover was established for the Hebrews. The children of Israel were to calculate the beginning of their months from the coming out of Egypt.
[Exo. 12: 2-29]
Pharoah then, rose up in the morning, and called for Moses and Aaron, pleaded that they immediately leave Egypt, for in the land of Egypt there was not one house that had not one dead.
[Exo. 12: 30-36]
& the children of made haste, for there was a mixed multitude that accompanied them as the prepared to make their journey from Egypt. They left with many of the treasures of Egypt, for they sought to rid themselves of the plagues which Israel brought into the land following the blessings that it poured upon them.
[Exo. 12: 38- 13:16]