Parashah Studies



which means "Jethro"

Exodus 18:1 - 20:26; Isaiah 6:1 - 7:6, 9:6 - 7; Matthew 5:8-20


Exo 18:1  When Yitro, the priest of Midian, Mosheh' father-in-law, heard of all that Eloheem had done for Mosheh and for Yisrael his people, that YHVH had brought Yisrael out of Mistrayeem,

~ Someone told Yitro about YHVH* Eloheem & Mistrayeem ~
~ Are you sharing and telling anyone about Yeshua? ~

Exo 18:7  And Mosheh went out to meet his father-in-law, and bowed down to him, and kissed him. And they asked each other of their welfare. And they came into the tent.

~ Yitro entered “the Tent” ~ Yitro was taking steps toward Yah ~

Exo 18:8  And Mosheh told his father-in-law all that YHVH had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Yisrael's sake, all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how YHVH delivered them.

~ Yitro listened, heard & understood the Word / the Good News ~
~Yitro believed, received & embraced the Word / Good News ~

Exo 18:9  And Yitro rejoiced for all the goodness which YHVH had done to Yisrael, whom He had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.
Exo 18:10  And Yitro said, Blessed (Praise, Thanksgiving) be YHVH, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh, and who has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.

~ Yitro rejoiced and gave praise to YHVH ~

Exo 18:11  Now I know that YHVH is greater than all gods; for in the thing in which they were proved against them.

~ Yitro confessed and acknowledged YHVH ~

Exo 18:12  And Yitro, Mosheh' father-in-law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for Eloheem. And Aaron came, and all the elders of Yisrael, to eat bread with Mosheh' father-in-law before Eloheem.

~ Yitro gave to Eloheem and fellowshipped with other believers ~

Exo 18:13  And on the next day it happened that Mosheh sat to judge the people. And the people stood by Mosheh from the morning to the evening.

~ This is a picture of the Judgment seat of Messiah and a picture of the Great White Throne Judgment  ~

Exo 18:14  And when Mosheh' father-in-law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing which you do to the people? Why do you sit alone by yourself, and all the people stand by you from morning to evening?

~ Yitro encourages others ~

Exo 18:15  And Mosheh said to his father-in-law, Because the people come to me to inquire of Eloheem.
Exo 18:16  When they have a matter, they come to me. And I judge between one and another, and I make known the statutes (choq/choqeem) of Eloheem and His Laws (torah).

~ Mosheh represents Torah and the Sinai Covenant ~
 ~ This was a picture of The Sinai Covenant (judgments, laws) ~
~ Mosheh (Torah) deals with issues, arguments & behaviors ~
 ~ Sinai Covenant dealt with laws, statutes, judgments, offerings, sacrifices, punishments and death ~

Exo 18:17  And Mosheh' father-in-law said to him, The thing that you do is not good.
Exo 18:18  You will surely wear away, both you and this people that is with you. For this thing is too heavy for you; you are not able to perform it alone.

~ We can not fulfill Torah alone ~
~ We can not fulfill the righteousness of the complete Torah in our own works and efforts ~
~ The Torah points us to our need for Yeshua ~

Exo 18:19  Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and Eloheem will be with you. You be for the people toward Eloheem, that you may bring the causes (dabar) to Eloheem.
Exo 18:20  And you shall teach them ordinances (choqeem) and laws (torot), and shall make them know the way in which they must walk, and the work that they must do.

~ Eloheem will be with you ~
~ Immanuel : Eloheem with us : Yeshua : ~
~ this is a prophetic word about the Messianic Covenant ~

Exo 18:27  And Mosheh let his father-in-law depart. And he went his way into his own land.

~ Yitro went back home to share the Word / Good News ~

Exo 19:5  And now if you will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure to Me above all the nations; for all the earth is Mine.

~ The Sinai Covenant was conditional upon total obedience ~

Exo 20:18  And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking. And when the people saw, they trembled, and stood afar off.
Exo 20:19  And they said to Mosheh, You speak with us, and we will hear. But let not Eloheem speak with us, lest we die.

~ Here we see that Yisrael could not come close to Eloheem and His Glory and His Righteousness without Mosheh ~
~ This was a picture of Yeshua the mediator, connecting us ~
~ Yisrael had prepared diligently, but still could not even so much as touch the mountain, lest they die ~

2Co 3:6  who also has made us able ministers of the new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit makes alive.
2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, having been engraved in letters in stone was with glory (so that the sons of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses because of the glory of his face), which was being done away;
2Co 3:8  shall not the ministry of the Spirit be with more glory?
2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation is glorious, much more does the ministry of righteousness exceed in glory.
2Co 3:10  For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.
2Co 3:11  For if that which has been done away was glorious, much more that which remains is glorious.
2Co 3:12  Then since we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech.
2Co 3:13  And we are not like Mosheh, who put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of the thing being done away.
2Co 3:14  (But their thoughts were blinded; for until the present the same veil remains on the reading of the old covenant, not taken away.) But this veil has been done away in Messiah.
2Co 3:15  But until this day, when Mosheh is read, the veil is on their heart.
2Co 3:16  But whenever it turns to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.

~ Mosheh had to wear a veil in order to approach Yisrael ~
~ The (Wedding) Veil represents virginity and purity ~
~ The Veil is removed / lifted by the groom, representing oneness, intimacy, closeness and relationship ~

Mat 27:51  And, behold! The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And the earth quaked, and the rocks were sheared,
Mat 27:52  and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep arose,
Mat 27:53  and coming out of the tomb after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

~ The Veil was torn and was a picture of Yeshua opening the door for us to be able to draw near to Eloheem ~
~ The Veil was torn and pictured us being able to enter the holy of holies by the blood of the Lamb ~
~ The Veil was torn and shows us we are righteous in Yeshua and have access to Eloheem and His blessings ~

/>*YHVH represents God’s holy name. These four letters, called the tetragrammaton, are pronounced, Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh. There are many different opinions as to how exactly the name is to be pronounced or if it should even be pronounced at all. The name means, ‘He shall be’, The letters mean, ‘Hand~Behold~Nail~Behold’. The Name points us to Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah and the wonderful good news of salvation. In this article, when you see this “YHVH” , you could choose to say, Yud~Heh~Vav~Heh, HaShem, Adonai, The Lord, the Almighty, The Divine, The Eternal, or some other respectful title. If you wish to try and pronounce the name, please do so respectfully and reverently.

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