Torah Portion: Mishpatim (Shemot 21:1-24:18)

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This is our commentary on the portion Mishpatim - "Judgments." This portion contains God's instructions and ordinances that will govern Israel's civil interaction with their fellow man. Beginning with the laws of the bondservant, it addresses how the least among His people are to be treated, a direct reflection of how we interact with our Creator. Hope you enjoy. Approximately 2 hrs.

P.S. For more teaching on the Bondservant see our post Laws of the Bondservant at this link.

 

 

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Torah Portion - Mishpatim
This is Bill's commentary on the portion Mishpatim - "Judgments." This portion begins to address the ordinances and instructions that the people told Moses to obtain from God on their behalf. The first of these ordinances may have been a test to see if they would truly "hear" and "obey" all that He said. In addition, other ordinances will exemplify the primary commandments given - "Love the LORD your God" and "Love your neighbor." Some of the highlights are:
  • The Laws of the Bondservant.
  • Messiah as a Bondservant.
  • The Concept of Measure for Measure
  • Helping the Helpless.
  • Much more. Approximately 2:00

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15 Responses to Torah Portion: Mishpatim (Shemot 21:1-24:18)

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  1. JAIME says:

    Shalom…

    Concerning the Laws of the Bondservant:

    I wholeheartedly agree with your discernment concerning them except for one detail…

    My understanding is that we “start” as bondservants but it is only to make the transition to Sons & Daughters; not to remain in that state…

    Scripture states that the “fear of the Lord, is the beginning of Wisdom”.. so I ask; what is the fruition of Wisdom, the answer as I see it : the Love of a Son/Daughter…

    As I understand it “fear” transitions into Love, why ? Because Love conquers all things…

    Once Love conquers “fear” the transition is complete, and the Son/Daughter emerges…

    From the beginning God wanted Sons/Daughters not servants, but we do not start in that position because of our fallen state… But I ask; was not Adam a Son and Eve a Daughter ?

    The question reveals the answer: what kind of children can God have ? My understanding is Kings/ Priests not Bondservants…

    A true Son/Daughter begins life learning the parameters of fear/respect for their parents, but that dissipates when Love takes over… No longer do we fear what may happen if we disobey, but rather, reach a state of Love of not wanting to disappoint them…

    An example you once shared concerning your son (Brandon?) and a plant that he was not allowed to touch when he was very young, denotes that he wasn’t as yet afraid of your retribution, but rather totally confident and secure in your love enough to ‘push it” until of course you had to make plain your boundaries… And I’m sure afterward he wasn’t anymore fearful of you than before, but rather understood his limits within your love…

    For me, when Scripture states that we were given “the power to become the Sons/Daughters of God”, that power can only come through becoming a Bondservant.

    In that respect I totally agree with you, God does not want us to serve him out of fear but out of Love, because Love conquers all things, the Love of a Son & Daughter…

    Shalom, shalom…

    • Bill says:

      Jaime; Actually that is exactly what I teach in the more expanded version of this – that we begin with the heart of a servant that we may grow into being sons and daughters. Shalom.

  2. v says:

    Hello Just a comment on eating meat and dairy together… i.e. a cheese burger and gravy etc. . I have heard that back in ancient times there was a fertility rite that the heathen practiced God was discouraging this practice by telling His people to abstain from it. Heathens believed that if you seethed the kid in the mothers milk it would cause the woman to become pregnant when she ate this concoction . I believe this info came from Near Ancient Mid Eastern Customs. Thank you Brother Bill for being a line by line kinda guy.
    Thank you Shalom

  3. JAIME says:

    Shalom…

    Ok…, didn’t mean to jump the gun !

    My zeal for complete accuracy of truth is on fire these days…. I kind of thought we were on the same page muchacho and did find it a little off that you didn’t carry it forward…..

    I probably should have waited for part II !

    I digress, the floor is yours…. !

    Shalom, shalom

  4. JAIME says:

    Shalom…

    On the subject of “seething a kid in his mother’s milk” ….

    My understanding of this is that it is speaking of cooking the baby/foal in his own mother’s milk…
    The act of doing so lands on the side of barbarism, to me at least…

    Think about that for a minute; this is speaking to how to treat and not treat an animal as it is speaking of it’s “mother’s milk” and not say chicken and cheese which are not in any kind of physical relationship…

    At least this is my own understanding, for if it were not so then I believe Scripture would have made the distinction of “meats and dairy” , as opposed to “mother’s milk”.

    Judge for yourself if cooking the offspring of an animal in it’s own mother’s milk does not seem offensive and repulsive…

    Shalom, shalom

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