Parasha B’shalach – Year 2 – The Liberation Song

Parasha B’shalach – Year 2 – The Liberation Song.

Shabbat Shalom, Nazarene family.

This week we will study the parasha B’shalach, portion of year 2, where we will see the song of deliverance pronounced by Moshe (Moses) and the children of Israel. This portion recounts the victory of the Israelites over the Egyptians at the Red Sea. Moshe and the Israelites sing a song of praise to Yahweh for their deliverance. However, they soon face the bitterness of the water of Marah, which Elohim turns sweet. We will learn that Yahweh Elohim promises healing if we obey His statutes.

Shemote (Exodus) 15:25-26
25 So he cried out to Yahweh, and Yahweh showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them,
26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of Yahweh your Elohim and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am yahweh who heals you.”

This week corresponds to the reading of the texts (in bold):

  • Shemote (Exodus) 13:17-14:31 / 15:1-27 / 16:1-17:16
  • Shophetim (Judges) 4:1-16 / 4:17-24 / 5
  • Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:1-16 / 5:17-32 / 5:33-48

Summary of the weekly study, Year two:

Shemote (Exodus) 15:1-27

These verses narrate the song of Moshe and the Israelites after crossing the Red Sea, praising Yahweh for their deliverance from the Egyptian army. They recognize the greatness of Elohim and His saving power. Then, in the desert of Shur, the Israelites face the lack of water. They arrive at Marah, where the water is bitter, but Yahweh instructs Moshe to throw a tree into the water, making it drinkable. Elohim establishes a covenant, promising not to send disease to His people if they obey His commandments. Finally, they reach Elim, where they find twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and camp there.

Shophetim (Judges) 4:17-24

These verses relate the death of Sisera, the commander of the Canaanite army. After being defeated by Deborah and Barak, Sisera flees on foot and seeks refuge in the tent of Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite. Jael receives him and offers him milk. When Sisera falls asleep, Jael takes a tent peg and drives it into his temple, killing him. Barak arrives and Jael shows him Sisera dead. Jael’s victory demonstrates how Yahweh can use anyone, even outside the military, to accomplish His purpose and deliver Israel from its oppressors.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:17-32

These verses are part of the Sermon on the Mount, where Yeshua makes it clear that he has not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfill them. He teaches that the righteousness of His followers must surpass that of the Pharisees. Yeshua elaborates on the commandments, emphasizing the importance of heart and intention: it is not enough to avoid murder, but anger and contempt are also condemnable. Similarly, lust is equated with adultery. Yeshua addresses the importance of reconciliation and the seriousness of divorce. His teaching underscores the need for authentic and deep inner justice.

Enjoy this fun activity with the whole family. Inside you will find development questions for the three weekly sections (Torah, Haftarah and Brit Chadashah). While the older ones discuss the questions and their answers, the younger ones can color the picture related to the teaching, solve a maze, find the 7 differences and much more. We encourage you to do it week by week and instill in your children the habit of studying Yahweh’s word as a family.

We hope you and especially your sons and daughters enjoy this effort. For it is through the study of the Scriptures that we can come to understand the love and care that Yahweh has always had for us. And also to perceive that He has been taking care of even the smallest detail, so that we can take care and enjoy all that He gives us. That is why it is so important that our children learn and grow up knowing that they are loved by the Creator of all that exists.

Shalom. 

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