Michael writes, "The important thing to realize however, is not so much the issues of poor sight, unhearing ears or even the dull heart. Instead, the issue to be remembered is that in Isaiah, it was the inhabitants of Judah who seemed to be dull witted idolaters."
Michael writes, "This “sum” seems to have two purposes: first is to guarantee the running of the Mishkan; second, which seems a little suspicious, is to protect against plagues. Was Israel to “pay the Almighty” protection money?"
Michael writes, "Neglecting to be obedient to His command can have potentially disastrous effects. We cannot tell if the book of Esther would have been written had Saul destroyed the Amalekites just as we cannot tell the result of our disobedience, except in hindsight."
Michael writes, "The Tabernacle, with all its intricacy and ritualistic activity, would provide a method for man to begin returning to the presence and intimacy of the LORD."
Michael writes, "Whether “new comer” or temporary resident, the command is the same, they are not to be oppressed but to be treated properly, with dignity."
Michael writes, "Exodus 19 and 20 begin the revelation of the LORD’s covenant to His people Israel. I would encourage you to read, once again, these chapters as the LORD sets the stage for Israel to become a kingdom of priests and a holy nation to ADONAI (Exodus 19.6)."
Michael writes, "Notice, in the beginning of Beshalach, Hashem led the people out not by the easy way, by the sea where the Philistines were but by a longer route through the desert. Not because He wanted to toughen them up but so they would not be discouraged by having to face yet another enemy."
Michael writes, "Some would call this a paradox. If the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, how could he be punished?"
Michael writes, "Not all of us are Moshe standing before Pharaoh, but we all have talents and abilities that the LORD has invested in us to use within our sphere of influence."
Michael writes, "When we look at one another, whether friend or foe, by name, as individuals, uniquely made by the Creator – just as we ourselves are—then it is easier to look past the differences and look into that spark of the image of the LORD."