Hearing the Torah
For Parashat Yitro
By Messianic Torah 2-11-2012

Yitro (Ex 18:1-20:26 Haftarah Isa 6:1-7:6;9:6-7) is the 5th parashat in the book of Shemot also called Exodus, and it’s called Yitro which means ‘His Excellence’. In this week’s parashat:

– Yitro Moshe’s father in law took Moshe’s wife and 2 sons and went to him when he heard all YHWH did
– Moshe told Yitro all that YHWH did for them and Yitro rejoiced and blessed YHWH
– The next day all the people came before Moshe to judge matters and Yitro asked him why
– Yitro said he shall appoint judges that fear Elohim, men of truth who hate coveting to help him
– Moshe appointed judges and they judged the small matters and he judged the great matters
– Yisra’el came to Mount Sinai and Moshe went up to talk with YHWH
– YHWH tells Moshe to tell the people if they shall obey Him they shall be His people
– Moshe told the people all YHWH said and they said all he has spoken we will do
– YHWH told Moshe to sanctify the people for the third day when YHWH will speak to the people
– On the 3rd day there was thunder, lightning, and a thick cloud on the mountain and the voice of a trumpet
– YHWH called Moshe up to the mountain and warned him not to let the people break through
– Elohim spoke all these words saying I am YHWH who brought you out of Egypt
– You shall have no other elohim before me
– You shall not have, make, or worship any idols
– You shall not take the name of YHWH in vain
– Remember the sabbath, 6th days you shall work but the 7th day is the sabbath of rest
– Honor your father and mother
– You shall not murder
– You shall not commit adultery
– You shall not steal
– You shall not lie
– You shall not covet
– The people saw the thunderings and told Moshe he should speak to Elohim and they would listen to him
– Moshe drew near to the thick darkness and YHWH told him to tell Yisra’el not to make elohim of silver and gold
– YHWH commands Moshe how to build an altar for Him
– Haftarah – YHWH prepares to send YeshaYahu to the people