Parashat Va'eira - January 28

וארא Va'eira

Exodus 6.2 — Exodus 9.35

Exodus 6.6-7: “Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment, and I will take you for my people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.’”

In this parashah we see the repeated demonstration of the power of God on behalf of his people as he begins to redeem them from Egypt. At the heart of these chapters are the first seven of the ten plagues. The exodus from Egypt is viewed already in the New Testament as a type for the ultimate and greatest redemption from sin in the blood of the Messiah. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.” (Romans 3.23-25).

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.” (Luke 1.68-75).

“He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1.13-14).

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Haftarah: Ezekiel 28.24 — Exodus 29.21

 

Shabbat Shalom!

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