On the most important ‘festival’ of the year we should use those free days to remember how the Most High, the Elohim HaShem Jehovah, was close to His people and liberated them from the slavery of man, but should remember also how He provides for salvation of the curse of death and gives the Grace of salvation for all those who want to come to Him as His children.
Seder night drink four cups of wine + relate to elements on the Seder plate = central components of Seder night = represent four-letter Name of God, YHVH
Pharaoh cognizant of God acting through nature in the name of ELOKIM
God makes himself known to Children of Israel through the Name YHVH=> four expressions of redemption occur.
YHVH appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, + to Jacob with [the name] El Shaddai [Almighty God] > YHVH did not become known to them
established covenant with them
YHVH will take you out + will save you + will redeem you + will take you to Me as a people + will be a God to you + will bring you to the land I raised My hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, + I will give it to you as a heritage (Exodus 6: 2-8)
meaning Name of God = compassion, forgiveness, + mercy.
Connecting with the name of God, HaShem helps us
- put our trust in God
- forgive ourselves and others
- trust that HaShem will release us from bondage of our inner Pharoah, as indeed He does.
say on Seder night,
In every generation > person needs to feel > taken out of Egypt = taken out of slavery
As we move through Seder night, we drink the four cups of wine and we relate to the elements on the Seder plate, we are not usually cognizant of the fact that both these central components of Seder night, actually represent the four-letter Name of God, YHVH
Pharaoh said, “Who is YHVH that I should listen to His voice? “
Actually, Pharaoh was cognizant of God acting through nature in the name of ELOKIM because that is how he acknowledged God to Joseph. And even if we are talking about a different Pharaoh, one who did not know Joseph, nevertheless he would have heard of the story. But YHVH was unknown to Pharoah.
It is when God makes himself known to the Children of Israel through the Name YHVH that the four expressions of redemption occur.
2. God spoke to Moses, and He said to him, “I…
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