Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,
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) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to seek insight) into the study of the Scriptures.
So,with this Hebrew Shabbot (or Shabbat) we move into the opening of the Torah portion with Shemot – שְׁמוֹת, on the 18th – יח, & on the 19th – יט, of the month of Teb(v)et – טֵבֵת, in the year of 5778. (the Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) From an Ethiopic Judeo-Christian perspective and calculation, where the current year is 2010/7510; This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 27th – ፳፯, & the 28th – ፳፰ of the month of Tah’sas – ታኅሣሥ. In the Scriptures, this portion of study would also be known as S’moch – ስሞች. 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 1:1- 6:1
Isaiah 27:6 – 28:13
Isaiah 29: 22-23
Acts 7: 17-35
I Corinthians 14: 18-25
As we move out of the first book of the Torah/Orit, we go into the second book, which is Exodus.
Now, that the children of Israel had come into Egypt under Joseph, & buried Jacob(Israel) in the land of Canaan, at Machpelah. Wherefore, the children of Israel grew exceedingly by numbers in Egypt. But, as time past there came a Pharaoh, who did not know Joseph, nor regarded the Hebraic peoples as allies within the realm, sought to dealt wisely with them. In this time there was worry of the great numbers the children of Israel grew to among many Egyptians. But, taking matters further, the Pharaoh that did not know Joseph, found it beneficial to serve the Hebrews with work of rigor.
[Exo. 1: 1-11]
Even, taking matters to another step, there was a decree made by the, then Pharaoh, to have any male child of the children of Israel slain. This charge was given to two Hebrew midwives: Shiphrah & Puah. An order which was taken into great consideration, contemplating what would become of such a nation to cut off fertility.
[Exo. 1: 12-22]
Needless to say, these two Hebrew women, did not follow the orders the Pharaoh, for they feared the judgement of God, more than he (Pharaoh). So, Israel continued to grow in number, unbeknownst to many of the Egyptians. Pharaoh determined, charged his people to take matters more seriously. In the midst of this, out of the house of Levi (or tribe of Levi), was born a male-child, at three months was sent up a river, in attempt to save his life, from the decree of Pharaoh, by his mother.
This child was found at the hand of the daughter of the Pharaoh, whom knew of the decree for the Hebrew male children, & noticed the this child was one of the them, wrapped the clothing of their arrangements, and a small ark of bulrushes. The daughter of the Pharaoh, took him and had him nursed by the ironically by the same Hebrew woman, who sent him up the river.
[Exo. 2: 1-10]
The child grew in favor of the Egyptians, but things began to change in his life, as he learned more about himself. The child had been named Moses by the daughter of the Pharaoh, for she drew him from the waters. He went out one day, among the Hebrews & saw an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, enraged by the burdens which the children of Israel had to endure, he in sudden moment slew the Egyptian & hid him in the sand. Days past, & then Moses saw two Hebrews at each others throats, in an argument. Moses sought to intervene, & tried to find common ground between the two.
But, one who clearly had been found at fault in the argument, confronted Moses, and rejected him for he knew of Moses’ interaction between the Hebrew & the Egyptian he had slain, in secret. Moses, for fear, fled to Midian, where he would later meet Reu’el (Jethro); a man who had raised seven daughters. These seven daughters, were of whom Moses would meet first, for they came to a well to draw water for the flocks they attended to, for their father. The seven daughters of Reu’el(Jethro), were being harassed by some other shepherds & Moses again, intervened driving them away, along with helping them water their flocks.
[Exo. 2: 11-17]
= Ts’ipporah – ሲፓራ / צִּפּוֹרָה
The daughters came to tell their father to tell him what happened to the at the well, & they described Moses as an Egyptian. Moses still carried a few things which he left with from Egypt, but Reu’el, knew that of the times, it would be odd for an Egyptian to help a Midianite. Reu’el(Jethro), invited Moses to stay a while in Midian. Before long, Moses felt love for one of Reu’el’s daughters. Her name was Ts’ipporah (Seporah) – ሲፓራ / צִּפּוֹרָה.
They were married and had a son, whom they named Gershom – ጌርሳም / גֵּרְשׁוֹם.
[Exo. 2: 18-22]
The cry of the children of Israel became great, so great they even sought a deliverer, from prophecies. Moses, now attended the flocks of Reu’el(Jethro), but the voice of God was about to call upon him.
[Exo. 2: 23- 3:19]
Moses, then took his family into Egypt, & reunited with his original family, in which his brother Aaron, became his priest.
Moses, then is confronted with the disbelief of the children of Israel. & thus began the exchange, between Moses & Pharaoh; exchanges which would be for the release of the Hebrew people from Egypt.
[Exo. 3:20- 6:1]
** FURTHER NOTES: **
♔ Ethiopian Celebration of Christmas _ Genna/YeLidet Be’Al (ገና – የልደት በዓል) ♔
Also, to note with this specific Sabbath; this year, on the same day marks what ones now are coining as the Orthodox Christmas celebration or for short #ThreeKingsDay.
Adoration of the Maji – #ThreKingsDay
Ras Tafari Renaissance writes to give perspective to the Ethiopian holiday of Genna or otherwise called “YeLidet Be’al.” Because of the calculations of the Ethiopic calendar, we find that the Christmas that is known in the Western world, using the Gregorian calendar doesn’t correspond with the Orthodox Christian churches’ calculations. (though they differ from specific church to church, within the Orthodoxy) Instead of December 25th, or the twenty-fifth day of the 12th calendar month (Gregorian), we see that the date arrives on January 7th, or the seventh day of the 1st calendar month.
(Orthodox Christian teachings give this as a testimony for the celebration of the birth of Christ)
Christ presented in the Temple to Simeon (Luke 2: 25-26) artwork by James J. Tissot
During the first three centuries [A.D. – Anno Domini/After the Death of Christ], in the Churches of Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria and Cyprus, the Nativity of Christ was combined together with the Feast of His Baptism on January 6, and called “Theophany” (“Manifestation of God”).
James Tissot’s painting – The Magi Journeying (Les rois mages en voyage) – Brooklyn Museum
This was because of a belief that Christ was baptized on the anniversary of His birth, which may be inferred from St. John Chrysostom’s sermon on the Nativity of Christ: “it is not the day on which Christ was born which is called Theophany, but rather that day on which He was baptized.”
[according to documentation from Orthodox Church of America]
By Ethiopic calculations, the birth of Christ, occurs on the Julian calendar‘s framework; predating the Gregorian. In Eastern Christian (or Orthodox Christian sects) some, Orthodox Christians observe the “Nativity and Adoration of the Shepherds” on January 6th, & the following day may observe, the “Adoration of the Magi” (or otherwise known as the three kings/wise men) on January 7. Other Orthodox Christians may attend church liturgies on the 6th, or both.