The Sabbath Torah Portion – Shemoth (Names)
The entire portion is Exodus 1:1—6:1
The Bible Through the Seasons follows those Jewish traditions that divide the portion into thirds.
This year, we read Part 2. Exodus 3:1—4:17
It is about 1,450 BCE. God is going to deliver his people from slavery in Egypt. What God brings about becomes the symbol of all activity of God on behalf of human freedom.
It begins with Moses. He had placed himself in voluntary exile in Median, because of murder. Something makes him curious…a bush burning without being consumed. It is there that God reveals God’s name. Yahweh, the covenantal name for God, is difficult to translate. It means, “I Am the One Who will Always Be with You.”
God is the One present to you in all your circumstances to liberate you through the fire of the Holy Spirit. May this Firestarter be a match that the Lord uses to set the never-ending fire of God’s love in your heart. With the Lord present to you, no pain, hurt or abusive past need ever consume you.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.