The Doorposts of the Heart

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

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.


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.


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Resistance to What God Wants

The Sabbath Torah Portion – Vaera (And I Appeared)
The entire portion is Exodus 6:2—9:35

The Bible Through the Seasons follows those Jewish traditions that divide the portion into thirds.
This year, we read Part 2. Exodus 7:8— 8:15

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.


The first two plagues come upon the land of Egypt in response to Pharaoh’s refusal to let the Hebrews go. Each of these actions of God is designed to address the various Egyptian gods and to show that they are powerless in the presence of the great I AM. All throughout these moves of God against Pharaoh, God is the one who is really in charge.

When you and I resist doing what the Lord wants of us, the consequences will be a kind of plague. While these may not seem as dramatic as the ones in the Book of Exodus, still many evils can come against you with more effect when you lose the protection of the Lord by resisting God’s ways.

Recovering persons say, “Denial is not a river in Egypt!” You will be in denial as Pharaoh, if you expect to live a happy, free life without prayer and a deep desire to respond to whom the Lord calls you to be.


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The Beauty and Power of God

Passover – The Torah
Exodus 33:12—34:26

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The center of the year for the Jewish people is Passover, as Easter is for Christians. The Torah reading unfolds the beauty, the power, and the presence of God. The Lord’s goodness and mercy are described. Be with Moses as the glory of the Lord is revealed to him and to you, through the Holy Spirit.

Learn about the Seder, the supper that recalls the Exodus. There are foods symbolic of the suffering endured such as salt water for the tears shed, and horseradish for the bitterness experienced in suffering so much.

Today’s Sabbath occurs within the eight days of Passover. We are in solidarity with all those in bondage in one form or another. We intercede for them that the pathways to liberation would become open—that all the “Red Seas” in their lives would split apart so that they can walk on to freedom.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
You, Lord, knowing me by name 33:12
Finding favor in Your sight 33:13
“My presence will go with you.” 33:14
You abound in steadfast love. 34:6

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This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
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Sacred Colors and the Cloud

Saturday – The Torah
Exodus 38:21—39:21

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God reveals the divine presence through the created world. In addition, this presence is manifested ever more deeply through the creations that God’s children make under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

This portion gathers all the artwork of the tabernacle into one sacred place. All are fashioned at the Lord’s directions. Aside from imaging each one, sense the accumulation of holiness as each piece of sacred art finds its place in the tabernacle.

Become sensitive to those objects that surround your life; these are reminders of God’s presence to you and God’s gifts. Ask the Holy Spirit to anoint your senses so that all you experience and create can become avenues to the divine presence.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Sabbath resting in You, Lord 35:2
My talents offered to You 35:10
Fill my skill with Your Spirit. 35:31
Here and now is holiness. 36:19

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
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This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
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Time and the Holy

Saturday – Torah
Exodus 35:1—36:19

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Here, as often throughout the Torah readings, the law of the Sabbath is repeated. Though these readings from Exodus are about holy objects, it is well to remember that the first designation of the word holy in the Bible in Genesis 2:3 is not given to an article, or even to a person: it is given to time—the Sabbath.

Everyone is involved in bringing the gifts for the Tabernacle. There is frequent use of terms such as those whose “hearts were stirred” and “spirits were willing.”

Moses repeats what the Lord gave to him in 31:2-6. This is among the earliest references in the Bible to the Holy Spirit filling someone. The Spirit gives Bezalel the anointing to gather all the gifts into the unity of the Tabernacle. God fills you with the Holy Spirit so that you may transform the gifts of others into a time and a place where God dwells.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Sabbath resting in You, Lord 35:2
My talents offered to You 35:10
Fill my skill with Your Spirit. 35:31
Here and now is holiness. 36:19

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
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This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
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Sacramentals

Saturday, February 8
Exodus 27:20—28:30

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While it is forbidden to make images of God, the Lord does command Moses that there be symbolic objects, colors and clothing in order to draw the people into a sense of prayer and the presence of God. We have come to call such articles, “sacramentals.”

The Sabbath portion begins with oil for the lamp, the origin of sanctuary lamps in some church traditions. Then we move into the vestments of Aaron and the priests. Read slowly, so that you can turn the verbal instructions of the ephod and the breastplate into mental pictures.

What do you have in your house and on your person that can become constant reminders of the presence of the Lord? Just as the Twelve Tribes that were carried on Aaron’s shoulders and over his heart, what can you do to be reminded of the burdens of others you are asked to carry in prayer? Hold these persons in your heart.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Bringing pure oil for the light 27:20
Clothing myself with the Christ Gal 3:17
Sacraments of Your Presence
Carrying others’ burdens

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
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This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
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The Tent Among Us

Saturday, February 1
Exodus 25

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The painting “Christ in the Sepulchre, Guarded by Angels” by William Blake

God turns his attention to instructing Moses to build a sanctuary for God’s presence in the wilderness. Though they are a people on the move, they are to come to rest for times of worship, enjoying the presence of their God in an uninterrupted manner. The tent-like tabernacle will prefigure the Temple to come, anticipating even more, that permanent resting place of Christ Jesus in the Church: “The Word became flesh and pitched His tent among us.” (John 1:14)

The design of the tabernacle begins first with the Ark of the Testimony, the place where the Ten Commandments are to be reserved. As you read these instructions, imagination saturates inner senses with colors, smells, and beauty of design.

The two angels that face each other with hovering wings …leap forward to the tomb of Jesus in John 20:21 where a similar description is given: “(Mary Magdalene) saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.”

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
You pitched Your tent among us. Jn 1:14
Th’ inner ark where You meet me v. 22
Bread of the Presence is now v. 30
Your light shining within me v. 37

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
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This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Scripture Recordings in over 700 languages!
Faith Comes By Hearing

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The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
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near the International Date Line.