Moses parting the Red Sea
Coming Out Of Egypt

"Coming Out Of Egypt"
"Passover Haggadah"

Passover Haggadah
 Date Palm

Book Excerpts...

Chapter 3. Moses' Premature Deliverance: Amram slowly opened the door, and an elderly woman entered into their dwelling, nearly out of breath. In her hand she held a staff. Breathing heavily she apologized, "Forgive my intrusion! Hezron from the Household of Judah has sent me to you!" As she held out the staff, Moses slowly moved into view. The woman looked into Moses' eyes and placed the staff into his hand. She stood silently watching Moses run his hand across the staff with great tenderness. "Yes," she said in a whisper, "You feel His presence." Moses looked up at her, and she took a deep breath; overwhelmed by his penetrating eyes, she exhaled, filled with a sense of peace. The woman continued her message. "This staff will guide you all the days of your life, and it will lead you safely on your journey. It belonged to the first man, Adam, and was passed through the generations to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob then passed the staff to Judah and G-d said: *The scepter shall not depart from Judah nor a scholar from among his descendants until Shiloh arrives and his will be an assemblage of nations.[1]*

Jacob passed the staff to Judah, who pledged it to Tamar when he consorted with her. When Tamar conceived she was accused of harlotry and was forced to stand before the court. Judgment by burning awaited her, but the staff of Judah became a witness on her behalf. Tamar was judged innocent, and Judah fulfilled the inheritance denied her by his strength and courage. [2]

"Judah had proven his strength and courage as a ruler of justice by preventing Joseph's death when his brothers desired to kill him, and again, when Judah stood by Benjamin. When Jacob was on his way to Egypt, he chose Judah to go before him and show the way to Goshen, though Judah was not the firstborn son. Judah received the blessing of the birthright bestowed upon him by Jacob. [3]

"Judah bore Perez and Zerah through Tamar. The staff of Judah was passed down through Perez who passed the staff to his son Hezron. All those before you who have held the staff in their possession have been blessed of G-d. Our G-d has placed the Staff of Judah into your hand to bear until a future time. Through the staff, the Household of Levi and the Household of Judah are one. "Look here! In the middle of the staff, it has the Name of G-d engraved upon it."

*Moses' fingers moved over the smooth branch that had been made into a staff and felt the letters engraved upon it: Yod . . . Hey . . . Vav . . . Hey . . .*

Chapter 3. (The Narrator) *The scepter shall not depart from Judah nor a scholar from among his descendants until Shiloh arrives and his will be an assemblage of nations. Gen. 49:10

Although the staff (scepter) does not depart from Judah, in the fictional story I place the staff temporarily into the hand of Moses the Levite, who also represents a king of Israel. A Hebrew idiom for a king is "deliverer." According to G-d's set order, all kings of Israel were to be descendants from the House of Judah and all priests were to be descendants from the House of Levi. The only exception to the set order was by special appointment of G-d whereby He created the order of Melki-Zedek, [4] both king and priest.

Until Shiloh arrives, i.e. the Messiah, to whom the kingdom belongs (Rashi). The word until does not mean that Judah's ascendancy will end with the coming of Messiah. To the contrary, the sense of the verse is that once Messiah begins to reign, Judah's blessing of kingship will become fully realized (Sh'lah), for all the nations will acknowledge him and pay homage to him. The Stone Edition Tanach, Artscroll Mesorah, Comm. to Gen. 49:10

Chapter 24. (The Narrator) Through a succession of authorities subservient to Rome, Yeshua was directly placed into the hands of Esau. This began with the wicked son, Judas Iscariot, who turned Yeshua over to Roman sympathizers, the evil sons, Annas and Caiaphas. They turned Yeshua over to the Supreme Magistrate of Judea, Pontius Pilate, who turned Him over to King Herod, who then turned Yeshua back over to Pilate. The web of collaboration was complete as the arrogance of the wealthy elite combined with the power of Rome sealed Yeshua's fate — but not without His permission.

Chapter 31. (The Narrator) It was still night when Mary Magdalene awoke from what she thought was a nightmare. She soon realized: it was no nightmare. She remembered how her Rabboni's life had been cruelly stolen, and now, once again, there was nothing but darkness over the land. She sobbed as she climbed out of bed and got dressed, then headed to her roof to seek comfort from her Father in heaven. Magdalene stood facing the Temple, which glistened in the moonlight as it cast its pale glow over Jerusalem. A gentle breeze blew back her hair, and the sound of mourning doves could be heard as they called to each other. Magdalene pulled her veil over her head. The brightness of the moon could not diminish the darkness she felt surrounding her as she took three steps backwards, three steps forward, and entered into G-d's Presence.

[1] Gen. 49:10—11

[2] Gen. 38

[3] Gen. 37:26, 44:18—34, 46:28, 49:8 (Reuben forfeited the right of the first-born because he mounted his father's bed Gen. 49:3)

[4] Melki-Zedek-#4442-Malkiy-Tzedeq, mal-kee-tseh'-dek from 'melek' (4428) and 'tsedeq' (6664); king of right; Malki-Tsedek, an early king in Palestine:-Melchizedek. #6662-Tsaddiyq, tsad-deek' from 'tsadaq' (6663); just:-just, lawful, righteous (man). Strong, King James Bible Dictionary. Malki (King) & Zedek (Priest of Righteousness).

Bible quote (Gen. 49:10—11) and commentary (Until Shiloh arrives) are by permission from Artscroll Mesorah Publications: The Stone Edition Tanach: The Torah, Prophets, Writings; The Twenty-Four Books of the Bible, Newly Translated and Annotated. R. Nosson Scherman, R. Yaakov Blinder, R. Avie Gold, R. Meir Zlotowitz, eds. The Artscroll Mesorah Series. Brooklyn, NY: Mesorah Publications, 1998.