This weeks Parsha (study) is called Shemot, Shemoth, or Shemos (שְׁמוֹת — Hebrew for "names," the second word, and first distinctive word, of the parashah) is the thirteenth weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah reading and the first in the Book of Exodus.
Some really good commentary on this week's scripture can be found at:
Torah: Exodus 1:1 - 6:1
Shemot | שמות | "Names"
This week's Torah portion was really interesting. There were a couple of things that really stuck out to me this week that I wanted to share. Something I noticed hidden in the passages of this week's portion, about one of the Character Attributes of our God (YHWH).
Remember God's promise to Abraham back in Genesis? Well now, here's where we're seeing it in the text! God's Prophecy revealed to Abraham from the dream God gave him so many chapters ago about the future of his children.
I know it's kinda of an obvious thing, but I still wanted to point it out. We're just at about ~400 years since the children of Israel became "strangers in a land that is not theirs". We're now also seeing God's prophecy to Abraham about his future children (his "Grandchildren", if you will) where they are in fact "as numberous the stars".
Think about how God's relationship is to the Stars, how the Most On High sees them. The Bible says that God knows each one by it's name and by it's number. Notice that the Psalmist isn't just pulling that idea from thin air? It's also in Isaiah 40:26, go figure...
I know that God loves us (sooooo) much more than the stars He created! Now, here's that extra "something" I learned and wanted to share:
Based on that premise then; How much more beautiful do you think He made each one of us individually? How much more profoundly does He know each one of us intimately, even in the places where no one can see? How much more then, do you think God intimately listens to each one of us, when we cry out to Him?
For this was the very first thing that God addresses after warning Moses to take off his shoes:
The Lord said, "I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. ~ Exodus 3:7
This week was cray! Honestly, I just listened to the portions of scriptures this week. I didn't have the time (mainly discipline) to sit down and do a careful study.