Torah Portion Shemot Complete

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Exodus 1:1 - 6:1

Isaiah 27:6 - 28:13


This Parashah covers the enslavement of the Israelites and the commissioning of Mosheh. It's the start of the physical redemption of Israel from Egypt. The Lord will reveal himself in a different way to the Israelites.

This page includes Torah Portions from multiple years covered by Wisdom in Torah. Each year we covered the Torah from a different perspective so you can explore each Parashah from a different perspective and focus.

  • 2010 Portions: Focus on Messianic connections in the Parashah
  • ANET Portions: Focus on the ancient Near Eastern cultural context of the Parashah
  • Mitzvot Portions: Focus on explaining and exploring the commandments found in the Parashah (in progress)
  • 2015 Portions: Revisiting the Parashah looking at the ancient cultural context more in depth with additional areas that have been researched
  • Brit Portions: Focus on connecting the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) to the Parashah

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Rico Cortes

I am a teacher of Scriptures, Torah follower, and believer in Messiah Yeshua. I have been given the opportunity to share the Word of God with many believers around the world. My work as a servant of the Most High God has allowed me to be a voice to spread the good news of the New Testament, unveiling its truth through context and the obedience to the Almighty through his Torah.

31 thoughts on “Torah Portion Shemot Complete”

  1. Thank you Rico– it’s January 9, 2020 and it has been a rough day here, being alone and with doom and gloom portending on all sides. So in coming here to WIT today, I feel a lot better because you have put a bit of perspective on current events. We serve Yeshua King. Thanks again.

  2. With all due respect about Job. The end of the book of Job clearly tells us why God allowed all those things to happen to him (Job).
    He (Job) was obsessed with the word “I”. God had to point out to him that God was in charge of all things and not Job. Hope
    this is helpful.

  3. Yolanda Robinson

    Yasher 67:42 And the king said to Job the Uzite, What sayest thou Job, and what is thy advice respecting the Hebrews?

    43 So Job said to the king, Behold all the inhabitants of the land are in thy power, let the king do as it seems good in his eyes.

    44 And the king said unto Balaam, What dost thou say, Balaam, speak thy word that we may hear it.

    45 And Balaam said to the king, Of all that the king has counselled against the Hebrews will they be delivered, and the king will not be able to prevail over them with any counsel.

    46 For if thou thinkest to lessen them by the flaming fire, thou canst not prevail over them, for surely their God delivered Abraham their father from Ur of the Chaldeans; and if thou thinkest to destroy them with a sword, surely Isaac their father was delivered from it, and a ram was placed in his stead.

    47 And if with hard and rigorous labor thou thinkest to lessen them, thou wilt not prevail even in this, for their father Jacob served Laban in all manner of hard work, and prospered.

    48 Now therefore, O King, hear my words, for this is the counsel which is counselled against them, by which thou wilt prevail over them, and from which thou shouldst not depart.

    49 If it please the king let him order all their children which shall be born from this day forward, to be thrown into the water, for by this canst thou wipe away their name, for none of them, nor of their fathers, were tried in this manner.

    50 And the king heard the words of Balaam, and the thing pleased the king and the princes, and the king did according to the word of Balaam.

    51 And the king ordered a proclamation to be issued and a law to be made throughout the land of Egypt, saying, Every male child born to the Hebrews from this day forward shall be thrown into the water.

    52 And Pharaoh called unto all his servants, saying, Go now and seek throughout the land of Goshen where the children of Israel are, and see that every son born to the Hebrews shall be cast into the river, but every daughter you shall let live.

    53 And when the children of Israel heard this thing which Pharaoh had commanded, to cast their male children into the river, some of the people separated from their wives and others adhered to them.

    54 And from that day forward, when the time of delivery arrived to those women of Israel who had remained with their husbands, they went to the field to bring forth there, and they brought forth in the field, and left their children upon the field and returned home.

    Is this the portion of Yasher you were speaking of being the possible reason for Job’s trouble? Around the 17 minute mark in the first video for 2010.

    Thank you.

      1. True, it was Balaam’s idea [to throw the baby boys into the water ]. But Job had only said “do wharever you want’, when he could have said “don’t move your hand against them”. ….however, I don’t think that was a sin, or else the book of Jasher is not acurrate in thst story; because YHWH desctibes him as blameless. We know Job’s troubles came just to display his enormous trust in God.

  4. Thank you, Rico. That’s was a great teaching. I agree with you regarding the current administration and the delay of the judgment.

    Question: Is Joseph also Ephraim? I noticed you said Ephraim and Dan wasn’t mentioned. I have never read anywhere where it had all three: Joseph, Ephraim, Manasseh, as separate tribes in one source. Could you help me out? Thanks.

  5. In Ex 2:19 Moses is referred to as an ‘Egyptian’. This is often the case in Scripture, Israelites were referred to by the names of the town or area they lived in, like David’s wives, Ahinoam (Jezreelitess, 1 Sam 24:43) and Abigail (Carmelite, 2 Sam 2:2). Even Abigail, continued to be referred to as “the wife of Nabal, the Carmelite” after she became Nabal’s widow and married David having his kids, 2 Sam 3:3. The Rubenites and Gadites who killed all the Moabites north of the Arnon River continued to be called by the name of the areas they conquered and settled in (the fields of Moab, etc.). This was the custom and can be confusing in and out of itself but to make matters worse when on top of that Israel did not behave as Hebrews and mixed with the nations forgetting their true origins then that assimilation caused separation from Yah’s Torah. Once they stopped being cultivated by Torah and ate the pig food the nations have to offer they were no longer behaving like natural OLIVE branches as they in effect became wild OLIVE branches…
    Praying for ALL of Israel’s soon return to Yah’s house so that it can feed on the fatten calf.

  6. Good point about identifying Moshiach by setting captive free rather than the way despots do it which is the opposite oppressing people and being unjust. False Messiah will oppress, same as satan does.

  7. Ryan, I so enjoy your Torah and Haftarah teachings!! You bring so much truth to light….with your Hebrew learning/teaching!!! Todah Rabah for all your time and efforts to share your knowledge!!! Blessings to Mary and your boys!!
    Shalom Sinda

  8. From Ricco’s ANE re: rising up of kings, I believe he said the int’l laws were captives, slaves were set free, when a new king came to power, and the Hyskos king did not do this. So the people had right to cry out, or issue a legitmate law suit against this king.

    The fable is that the Princess was at the Nile for mikvah, she was childress and was her prayer for a son. So she though the gods anaswer her prayers.Good insight with the languages of the court. Either they worshipped YHV or they at least heard of Him.

    Thanks Ryan, is such a wonderful time we live in we can get your research to give us context to our scriptures.

  9. Hi Ryan!

    How blessed we are to live in times where we can learn this information; right from our laptops at home. Is like going to university.

    Thank you for all you do.

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