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  • 18:24 Moses heeded his father-in-law and did just as he had said

HaShem continues to teach concerning his biblical lunar calendar. The Torah is about to be given
to Moshe and the peoples who had been travelling since the 15th first month

  • 19:1 On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone forth from the land of Egypt, on that
    very day, they entered the wilderness of Sinai

The covenant people were to be a guiding light to the nations, shining and teaching the Torah.
Moshe was anointed to teach a renewal period for all mankind. The Hebrews or Abrahamic
covenant would be the holy priesthood. All nations and people are to join in to give thanks to the
one creator in Torah with the role model community that is now presenting itself at Sinai. They were
redeemed by the full glory of haShem and the might of his laws of nature

  • 19:4 You have seen what i did to the Egyptians, how i bore you on eagles wings and
    brought you to me 5 Now therefore, if you will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant,
    then you shall be My own treasure from among all peoples: for all the earth is Mine: and you
    shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words thou shalt
    speak to the children of Yisra'el

Giving of HaTorah: The Torah is not sequential. Is this the truly most significant event in the history
of mankind? G-d was showing them his mighty hand and who he was through the redemption and
now at Sinai. They would need to know that there really was a God who was the creator of all
things, what he represented and what that actually means to man. HaShem wanted the people to
be informed every step of the way and they were to be a voice also. Trust comes with the best of
relations and openness and information between parties  

  • 19:8 All the people answered as one, saying, "All that the lord has spoken we will do"So
    Moses brought their answer back to the LORD. 9 The LORD said to Moses, “I am going to
    come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will
    always put their trust in you.”

Preparation is everything...being holy before HaShem requires commitment and understanding,
and that comes from our own pursuance of HaShem through Torah. As the passage above states,
the people presented themselves before HaShem as one. There was much tumult in giving the
Torah, and it is important to meet with HaShem on his appointed times. Everyone was a part of the
sanctimonious events. The house of truth is a single body of belief in the one and only God that
created all things and the seventh day sabbath, and that the Torah is one for all people on earth. To
wash our garments is to cleanse ourselves through the Torah

  • 19:9 When Moses told the words of the people to the Lord, 10 the Lord said to Moses, “Go
    to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments
    11 and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount
    Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 And you shall set limits for the people all around,
    saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches
    the mountain shall be put to death. 13 No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or
    shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they
    shall come up to the mountain.” 14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people
    and consecrated the people; and they washed their garments. 15 And he said to the
    people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”

The emphasis that HaShem places when giving the Decalogue, was the warning against idolatry.
Human sacrifice....worshiping the moon, the sun and all sorts practices that were not required and
shown as evil practices. Giving The Torah was the greatest blessing and testament to HaShem's
love for creation and to mankind...the guiding light to walk in. We would be completely at the mercy
of evil governments if it were not for this act of love by HaShem. HaShem says that he is a jealous
God...he is zealous to punish idolatry and iniquity. The unswerving belief that HaShem gave us the
Torah to walk in and do not need falsehoods, trinkets to trust and have faith in him

  • 20:2  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of
    slavery. 3  “You shall have no other gods before me. 4  “You shall not make for yourself a
    carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth
    beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5  You shall not bow down to them or serve
    them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the
    children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing
    steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

If an individual wishes to be holy before the creator of the universe and seek a personal
relationship that they are entitled to, then accepting the Torah is the way to do this

  • 20:19 And Ha-Shem said to Moshe, Thus thou shall say to the children of Yisra'el, You have
    seen that I have talked with you from heaven

In this world where Satan has much control and influence through his governments and control of
the money systems, materialism has become the way of life that has effected fallen man. The
Torah scholar rejects materialism in favour of Torah. However we can have wealth and
possessions if we do not forsake our maker who blesses us all with everything that we have

  • 23 You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not
    make for yourselves. 24 You shall make an altar of earth for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it
    your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen; in every place
    where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you.

Others could have accepted the Torah but wanted instead to murder and commit evil falsehoods...
Satanism. It was the Hebrews who had the qualities necessary. Our offerings to HaShem are our
devotions and the commitment to Torah and Spirit of truth. The Torah once it had been given,
exposed sin and man had a divine light to steer by. Our imaginations can tell us what is right and
wrong, or the truth and a lie, but knowledge of who HaShem is comes from our display of love for
him which is Torah study and time to give ourselves to his Mo'edim and appointed times...intellects

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Yitro "Jethro" Exodus 18:1-20:23    
Published 29th Day 11th Month 5772    
Jethro heard all that Ha-Shem had done for Moshe and the people. Mankind has forgotten or neglected how to
thank the creator for all that he has blessed us with on earth. Even when we do not know him he still protects the
humble hearted. To follow Torah would help matters tremendously, because we would remain where his mighty
hand is directly upon us. Anyone can accept the Torah. Yitro, went to Moshe. He was so inspired having seen the
greatness of all things and this is how we all should be, seeking HaShem by going to the light and not sitting
back waiting for HaShem to come to us. Are we as Yitro was prepared to do, unsettle ourselves from a
comfortable lifestyle for the place we can turn to HaShem as he says to do it

  • Ex 18:6 He sent word to Moshe, "I, your father -in-law Yitro, am coming to you, with your wife and her two

The great meeting between Moshe and Yitro conjures up an epic scene of two great sages of Yisrael. One can
visualise them dressed in full Royal Torah Robes in an ancient setting of conference concerning the Torah and

  • Ex 18:8 Moshe then recounted to his father-in-law everything that Ha-Shem had done to Pharaoh and to
    the Egyptians for Israel's sake, all the hardships that had befallen them on the way, and how Ha-Shem
    had delivered them

HaShem revealed himself to Moshe and to the people so that mankind could have faith and trust that there is a
Holy G-d that is one. The diety was shown through the laws of nature and up until then all sorts of idols were
being worshiped as gods, and also men like Pharaoh were insisting that they were gods. Although men were
being appointed as judges (Elohim), they likewise were not to go there own way or rebel against the laws of G-d
but rather uphold the Torah. HaShem is ruler over the Elohim (judges) as deity of the universe.  Even the
Hebrews were unsure who HaShem was until the redemption from Egypt. Yitro expresses this very point

  • Ex 18:10 Yitro (Jethro) said, “Blessed be the Lord, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians
    and out of the hand of Pharaoh and has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11
    Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods, because in this affair they dealt arrogantly with the

Moshe, at the suggestion of Yitro sets up of a magistrates system of governance for the Hebrews. This system
should still be the foundation for all nations to live by. The Torah is the moral code for mankind, and this Torah
portion HaTorah is accepted by Moshe and the people. Yitro in awe at the wonders of who HaShem was in
redeeming then people from Egypt, at the same time glorifying Moshe in the onlookers eyes. Moshe says to Yitro

  • 18:16 When they have a legal dispute, they come to me. I judge between a man and his neighbour and I
    make known to them the laws of the Lord and His Torah

The forces of nature through Ytro, advise Moshe concerning his workload and the magnitude of the judicial task
at hand. Ha-Shem is explaining how Ytro is inspired and carries an important message. Jethro knew also that
Moshe would always take council from HaShem for all things, and YTro is advising Moshe to do just that. In
providing a friend like Ytro, Ha-Shem shows his intention of creation for people to be the centre of activities on

  • 17 Moses' father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and the people with you will
    certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. 19 Now
    obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and
    bring their cases to God, 20 and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them
    know the way in which they must walk and what they must do.

The importance of getting the right people for the job is an obvious way forward. Through the ages, Satans
activities and mans inability to remain righteous before HaShem and the Torah has caused this very system to
fall. It actually appears now that western powers are upside down from the teachings of God

  • 21 Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a
    bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. 22
    And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter
    they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.

Designation of responsibility is subscribed to; work is being given to people which is what HaShem wanted...
keep everyone busy with Torah study and observance. Unless Yitro (Jethro) had the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy
Spirit) upon him, Moshe would not have listened
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  • 18:1 Jethro, the chief of Midian, the father-in-law of
    Moses, heard all that the Lord had done for Moses
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