When we take a deeper look at Mishpatim (Judgments) with spiritual eyes, we will see that at the heart of this section as well as most passages is justice. In this teaching, Keith discusses some of the symbolism of the portion and connects it with teachings from the New Testament. After viewing the passage through its historical context, he takes the subject matter from the theoretical to the every day practical. If we are willing, we can take the lessons of justice in this portion and internalize them and thereby experience transformation from living in a self centered way to seeing every situation through the lens of the Almighty's justice system.
The portion begins with Yitro (Jethro) arriving with the sons and wife of Moses. Moses follows the advice of Yitro (Jethro) and appoints judges over the people. After the great deliverance and mighty signs in Egypt and the Sea of Reeds, the children of Israel prepare themselves for the awesome revelation at Mount Sinai. We will see Israel as a bride being taken in marriage and discuss some of the symbols of the Hebrew wedding. We also discuss the giving of the Ten Commandments and will see that the last five mirror the first five.
In portion Beshalach, (When he sent out) we see the beginning of the journey of the Children of Israel as they make their way into the great unknown of the wilderness journey. After having so recently witnessing the great signs and judgments in Egypt, they will now see the seemingly unconquerable Pharaoh and his mighty forces destroyed once and for all in the Sea of Reeds.
Not only is this passage amazing on a historical level, but in this passage we also can see the framework for the process of salvation. Often in Christianity, the concept of "salvation" is seen as a one time, instantaneous event. However as Keith will show, there is much more to salvation and will show that it is a process or journey that must be walked out one step at a time.
In portion Bo, (Come, Go) Pharaoh finally concedes and sends out the Children of Israel from Egypt. In this important passage, we witness the redemption of a nation through the blood upon their doorposts and lintels. Keith also discusses other passages in the scripture that pertain to the Passover.
In the portion Va'eira, (And I appeared) we examine the theme of how the Creator manifests Himself to people differently at various times. We begin to look more closely at the signs Moses was given to perform before his own people and later Pharoah. Keith also discusses some of the archetypes and symbols in this portion.
Earlier this year, Dael Mccoyle from The Hunting Blind program interviewed Keith about his thoughts on Sukkot. (Tabernacles) In this short video, Keith discusses a few of the lessons found in the feast of Sukkot that call to mind the past as well as shadows of future fulfillment.