Parashat Hashavuah

Va’eira – וָאֵרָא

Parasha: Exodus 6:2 – 9:35 Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25 – 29:21 Psalm: 46 NT: Romans 9:14-33, 2 Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1

This weeks parasha is about how Moses and Aaron keep demanding Pharao to let them go, and every time he refuses, another plague strikes Egypt. This parasha includes the first 7 plagues: Blood, Frogs, Lice, Swarms (of wild animals, or of flies, depending on your translation), Pestilence, Boils and Hail.

In this parasha we see the power of our Lord. Who is like him? If He is with us, who can be against us? We need to be reminded of this every time we go through difficulties in life. God delivered his people out of the slavery in Egypt in a marvellous miraculous way, and he also delivered us out of the slavery to sin in a marvellous miraculous way – by sending his son to die on the cross for us.

Some people seem to think that they have to become good people first. First they must stop drinking / quit smoking / stop living immorally before they can come to the Messiah. But God sent the plagues while the people of Israel were still slaves, and he delivered them out of there. He can defeat our slavery to sin too, if we just come to him – just as we are – with a true and sincere repentance and wish to be better, and he will help us accomplish it, and sanctify us through his spirit.

Shabbat Shalom!