Parashat Bo (Come) Exodus 10:1-13:16
Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13-28
In this week’s Torah portion one learns about the festival of Passover. One of the most important parts of the first observance of Passover was placing the blood of the sacrificed lamb upon the doorposts (mezuzot),
“And you shall take a bunch of hyssop and you shall dip it in the blood which is in the basin and you shall touch (apply the blood) to the lintel and the two doorposts (mezuzot) with the blood which is in the basin and you shall not go out from, anyone, from the door of the house until morning.” Exodus 12:22
Blood is of course necessary for redemption. Hence placing the blood on the doorposts (mezuzot) was to be a sign to the death angel not to strike the house with death (the plague of the firstborn). Later on in the Torah, one learns about an additional commandment concerning the doorposts. In speaking about the commandments Hashem instructs the children of Israel,
“And you shall write them upon the doorposts (mezuzot) of your house and upon your gates.”
Why were the children of Israel commanded to place the blood of redemption in the same place as they were commanded to write the commandments of G-d? The answer is, to show that there is an important relationship between redemption and the commandments. All too often believers in Messiah Yeshua think that because they were redeemed by the blood of Yeshua (Our Passover Lamb, 1 Cor. 5:7) that the Torah commandments now are not relevant to them. Even though one is not saved / redeemed by the observance of the commandments they are still the word of G-d. The task of every believer is to study each of the 613 Torah commandments under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, for the purpose of glorifying HaShem, and learn how to apply these commandments to one’s life.
In other words, it is learning what Paul says in Romans chapter 7 and verse 6,
“But now we are delivered from the Torah that being dead by what enslaved us that we should serve in the newness of the spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.”
The Torah commandments brought death to man, because each person violated them; but by means of redemption which Messiah Yeshua earned for the believer, there is the forgiveness of sin. It is only through the Holy Spirit Who writes the Torah upon the believer’s heart and empowers the believer to walk with G-d, can one now fulfill the RIGHTEOUS OF THE LAW (See Roman 8:4). This is why Paul also writes in Romans chapter 7 and verse 14,
“For we know that the Torah is spiritual, but (the unredeemed) man is carnal and in bondage to sin.”
Hence, by means of redemption, one finds a relevance to the Torah that the unredeemed man cannot know.
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