This parashah covers Exodus 18:1 – 20:23 and tells of Jethro’s organizational counsel to Moses and God’s revelation of the Ten Commandments to the Israelites at Mount Sinai.
Teaching From Shabbat of January 26 , 2019
(Donate and support this Ministry by clicking here)
Yitro, Yisro or Jethro (יִתְרוֹ) Hebrew for the name “Jethro,” the second word in the parashah and is the seventeenth weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah readings and the fifth in the Book of Exodus.
Torah Parashah Yitro Summary
Moses’ father-in-law, Yitro, also pronouced Jethro in English, hears of the great miracles which God performed for the people of Israel, and comes from Midian to the Israelite camp, bringing with him Moses’ wife and two sons. Jethro advises Moses to appoint a hierarchy of magistrates and judges to assist him in the task of governing and administering justice to the people.
The children of Israel camp opposite Mount Sinai, where they are told that God has chosen them to be His “kingdom of priests” and “holy nation.” The people respond by proclaiming, “All that G‑d has spoken, we shall do.”
On the sixth day of the third month (Sivan), seven weeks after the Exodus, the entire nation of Israel assembles at the foot of Mount Sinai. G‑d descends on the mountain amidst thunder, lightning, billows of smoke and the blast of the shofar, and summons Moses to ascend.
G‑d proclaims the Ten Commandments, commanding the people of Israel to believe in G‑d, not to worship idols or take G‑d’s namein vain, to keep the Shabbat, honor their parents, not to murder, not to commit adultery, not to steal, and not to bear false witness or covet another’s property. The people cry out to Moses that the revelation is too intense for them to bear, begging him to receive the Torah from G‑d and convey it to them.
Haftarah (Prophets) Summary
This week’s haftorah discusses Isaiah’s vision of the Heavenly Chariot (the merkavah), a revelation that was experienced by all the Israelites when God spoke the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai—an event recounted in this week’s Torah reading.
Isaiah perceives God sitting on a throne surrounded by angels. Isaiah vividly describes the angels and their behavior (in anthropomorphic terms). During the course of this vision, Isaiah volunteers to be G‑d’s emissary to transmit His message to the Israelites. He is immediately given a depressing prophecy regarding the exile the nation will suffer as punishment for their many sins—and the Land of Israel will be left empty and desolate, though there will be left a “trunk” of the Jewish people that eventually will regrow.
Write us and let us know what you think! We hope this Torah teaching blesses you in your spiritual understanding and growth! Also if you have a need for prayer, please write us and let us know how to pray for you and we feel privileged to be intercessors in prayer for all our worldwide family!
As we are solely supported by your love offerings, please consider supporting this ministry for the continued spread of Truth by donating to http://paypal.me/calledoutbelievers
Don’t forget to go to our YouTube channel and…
– LIKE the video
– SUBSCRIBE to our channel
– SHARE our YouTube channel
as well as this website: http://www.calledoutbelievers.org with your friends on Facebook!
Torah Parashah teaching with video and audio and illustrations by Pastor Isaac. © 2019 Assembly of Called-Out Believers. Use by Permission.