This week in Torah

Parashah 16 Beshalach

January 19, 2019 – Beshalach (“when he sent away”) Parshat 16 

  • Torah: Exodus 13:17 – 17:16
  • Haftara: Judges 4:4 – 5:31
  • Brit Chadasha: Matthew 14:22-33

וַיְהִ֗י בְּשַׁלַּ֣ח פַּרְעֹה֮ אֶת־הָעָם֒ וְלֹא־נָחָ֣ם אֱלֹהִ֗ים דֶּ֚רֶךְ אֶ֣רֶץ פְּלִשְׁתִּ֔ים כִּ֥י קָר֖וֹב ה֑וּא כִּ֣י אָמַ֣ר אֱלֹהִ֗ים פֶּֽן־יִנָּחֵ֥ם הָעָ֛ם בִּרְאֹתָ֥ם מִלְחָמָ֖ה וְשָׁ֥בוּ מִצְרָֽיְמָה׃

Vayehi beshalach Par’oh et-ha’am velo-nacham Elohim derech erets Plishtim ki karov hu ki amar Elohim pen-yinachem ha’am bir’otam milchamah veshavu Mitsraymah.

Now when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Phillistines, although it was nearer; for God said, “The people may have a change of heart when they see war, and return to Egypt.”

The Promise: At the end of B’reisheet in our Torah Portion “Vayechi” Yoseph said to his brothers: “I am dying, but God will surely visit you, and bring you up out of this land to the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” So Joseph died, being one hundred ten years old, and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt. (B’reisheet-Genesis 50:24-26) Now finally the day has come and following the first Pesach and the institution of Chag Hamotzi (the feast of unleavened bread) we see the firstfruits of Adonai leaving Mitsrayim Egypt.

As they are leaving they gather up the bones of Yoseph [a type of Mashiach] from the tomb in Egypt and depart for “the land of promise” and entering thru the merits of Moshe, [another fractal of Mashiach] a type of resurrection in a way pointing to the work of Mashiach Ben David and the final redemption to come. It also points to the resurrection of Messiah Yeshua after another Pesach Seder and on Yom Habikkurim some 1400 years later. We see this idea exposed within a couple of drash’s that follow.

“Joseph’s empty tomb portends Messiah’s empty tomb. On a Passover 1400 years after Moses took Joseph’s remains from his tomb, our Master Yeshua left behind an empty tomb as well.” [ Shadows of Messiah, Beshalach – First Fruits of Zion]

Of the Mashiach and Yoseph’s bones we see the in Midrash Tanchuma.                                   “Moses bore Joseph’s bones out of Egypt, though there was no one in all the world as important as he, since he was a king, as it is said: And there was a king in Jeshurun (Deut. 33:5). Moses merited that the Shekhinah itself should be concerned about him. Hence it is said: He buried him in the valley (ibid. 34:6). What is more, not only did Pharaoh’s servants, the elders of his house, and the elders of the land of Egypt escort Jacob, but Joseph’s coffin was escorted by the Shekhinah, the ark, the priests, the Levites, and the clouds of glory. Furthermore, as Joseph’s coffin was borne alongside the ark of the Eternal One through the desert, the nations would inquire of Israel: “What are these two arks?” And the Israelites would reply: “This one is the ark of the one who died, and the other is the ark of the Living One of the world.” “Is it customary to carry the ark of a dead person alongside the ark of the Eternal, the Living One of the world?” they would ask. The Israelites would respond: “The deceased lying within this ark fulfilled all that is written in the other ark.”   [Midrash Tanchuma, Beshalach,Siman 2,3]

As we study Torah and Tanach this week may we be constantly singing the Song of Moshe and of the Song of the Lamb! Just as Moshe came at the exact time the Ava Father prepared, so will Mashiach return for us at the perfect time for us all to sing in his presence forever, and none will remain in his grave, that’s His promise!

Ahav V’shalom Mish’pachah love and peace to our family in Messiah from Beth Hallel Lodi