The Sabbath Torah Portion – Bo (Come)
The entire portion is Exodus 10:1—13:16
The Bible Through the Seasons follows those Jewish traditions that divide the portion into thirds.
This year, we read Part 2. Exodus 11:4—12:28
Passover is the central festival for us as Christians and Jews, since it describes that primary move of God that resulted in our ancestors nor longer being slaves in Egypt. Passover is the paradigm for our freedom. It is during this festival that Jesus, the true Paschal Lamb was sacrificed. His is the blood of the covenant that truly sets us free.
In 12:22, the Lord prescribes that hyssop, a shrub-like plant, be dipped into the blood of the lamb, and be smeared on the doorpost of the house. It is hyssop that was dipped into vinegar and brought to the lips of Jesus on the cross (John 19:29-30). This detail of John is not without meaning. Then Jesus exclaims, “It is finished.” Jesus won complete freedom for us by shedding his blood on the cross. Smear the doorposts of your heart with the saving blood of Jesus.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.