Moran writes, "First of all, the ancient Israelites understood that blood was connected to atonement, a cleansing of sin, and therefore, I am convinced that they would not have been horrified, but actually rather excited by it..."
Moran writes, "He did all this to be in relationship with Israel. In fact, this is the reason He created man in the first place! And Yeshua brings us back into a right relationship with the Almighty by cleansing us of our sin."
Moran writes, "Maybe you are a follower of Messiah who received the “first” redemption through faith in Yeshua and, like the Children of Israel, you keep looking backward to your old “secure” place instead of setting your eyes on what is to come."
Moran writes, "This week’s Scripture portion is chock-full of wonderful things that connect to Messiah, and how He fulfilled the role as the perfect, unblemished Lamb. I want to focus on verses 5 and 6 in Exodus 12."
Moran writes, "I want to put an emphasis on one thought, which I believe is so important for us to understand: God is the same yesterday, today and forever; He is our Redeemer, our King, and our Sovereign Ruler."
Moran writes, "I want to point out the significance of when the name Jacob is used versus Israel. We remember that Jacob’s name was changed to “Israel” after he wrestled with the divine being in Genesis 32."
Moran writes, "One of the most significant parts of our reading speaks of the “blessing” which Jacob pronounced over his sons, before his death. It’s important to note that the ancient biblical blessings always had a prophetic element to them."
Moran writes, "Why is this significant? It is yet another parallel between Joseph and Messiah Yeshua. While Pharaoh’s position was still above Joseph’s, the people saw them as the same – they represented the same power and authority."
Moran writes, "As we continue with our study of the connection between the story of Joseph and of our Messiah, I want to remind you some closing remarks from last week’s blog..."
Moran writes, "The more I study and read from the first book of God’s Word, the book of Beresheet (Genesis), the more I marvel at how truly amazing it is. This book lays the foundation for every part of our faith, and gives us a glimpse into God’s prophetic story of redemption."