In Hebrew, Egypt is called Mitzrayim. The name is derived from m'tzarim, meaning "narrow straits" (mi, "from," tzar, "narrow" or "tight"). When God took us out of Mitzrayim, He extricated us from the place of trouble and affliction, slavery and idolatry (Hosea 11:1-4, Exodus 2:23-25, 4:31), constricted opportunities, tight control, and narrow-mindedness, where movement was severely limited (Lesli Koppelman Ross).
Complete Redemption is when you can turn around and liberate all those around you from the
boundaries and limitations, the "place of narrowness."
that Egypt (mitzrayim) represents
”The Children of Israel requested from the Egyptians
silver vessels, gold vessels, and garments. HaShem gave the people favor in the eyes of the Egyptians and they granted their request – so they emptied Egypt” (Exodus 12:35-36).
Then, after the Egyptian army drowned in the sea, they became even richer from the spoils of the Egyptians.
"Also a mixed multitude went up with them, and flock and cattle, and
very much livestock" (Exodus 12:38).
A multitude of people of various nasjonalities converted to
Judaism and accompanied the Jews out of Egypt.
As in (Esther 8:17),
seeing the hand of God in the miracle performed for the Jews convinced
”many of the peoples of the land” to become converts (See also Exodus 14:30-31).
Exodus 3:8 ”I have descended to rescue them
from the hand[s]
of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land, to
a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey
(wine, water, milk and honey are metaphors for Torah knowledge:
Isaiah 55:1-3, Genesis 49:11-12).
The Hebrew for Egypt, Mitzrayim, is related to the term meitzar, which refers to boundaries and limitations, a "place of narrowness.", and it is written (Micah 7:17):
"They (the Gentiles) shall quake from their imprisonment; they shall
fear the Lord, our God, and they shall fear you."
They shall quake because of the extreme narrowness of their imprisonment and the confinement of their captivity (Rashi).
"min ha'meizar karasi kah" "Out of my straits I called upon the LORD;" or "From the narrowness (of distress) I called to Hashem, He answered me with the breadth of Divine relief” (Psalm 118:5).
"In the day of my trouble (b'yom tzarati) I call upon Thee; for Thou wilt answer me" (Psalm 86:7, Ch. 18, Daniel 12:1, Jer. 30:7-11).
”In thy distress (ba'tzar lecha), when all these things are come upon thee (the blessing or the curse, i.e., to accept the Torah or not, Deut. Ch. 30), in the end of days, thou wilt return to the LORD thy God, and hearken unto His voice;
for the LORD thy God is a merciful God; He will not fail thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He swore unto them” (Deut. 4:30-31, Ch. 28, 11:26-28, Lev. Ch. 26). The choice of whether for the Jews to accept the Torah and for the gentiles to accept the 7 Laws of Noach - or not, is nothing less than the choice between the blessing or the curse. (See Isaiah 24:1-6).
We might also interpret Zechariah 13:2-6 which foretell how at the end of days the false prophets will be ashamed of their previous visions as being a prophecy of how the proponents of Christianity and Islam will eventually transcend their earlier levels of understanding and come to see the ultimate truth of the Torah.
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The Messiah and Israel's task is: "To bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house" (Isaiah 42:7, 49:1-10). The "prison" is exile, which may be physical, or worse still, mental and spiritual. And Jews are the Chosen People because they were chosen to make the idea of one God (Zechariah 14:9, Tzefaniah 3:9, 2:11, Deuteronomy 6:4) known to the world (1 Samuel 17:49, Daniel 2:35, Habakkuk 2:11,13-14, Isaiah 11:9). Abraham and his descendants were responsible for sharing the word of God with others.
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Micah 7:15-17 is promising that the future redemption will be attended, by miracles and wonders as striking as those of the Exodus from Egypt.
Jeremiah 23:7-8 Promises that the redemption and ingathering of the exiles will be so striking that it will outweigh even the redemption from Egypt!
On their journey from Egypt to Israel the Jewish people was given the The Ten Commandments, starting with:
"I am the Lord,
your God, Who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house
of bondage.” (Exodus 20:1-2).
But the Lord took you and brought you out of the iron crucible,
out of Egypt, to be a people of His possession, as of this
day (Deut. 4:20). For they are Your people, and Your inheritance, whom You have taken out of Egypt, from within the smelting furnace of iron (1 Kings 8:51).
The iron crucible or the melting furnace of iron is a vessel in which gold is refined and purified of its impurities.
And I shall take you out of the peoples, and I shall gather you from the lands in which you were scattered, with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with poured out fury (Ezekiel 20:34).
An example of this "outpoured anger" in modern times was when the proportion of assimilated Jews in Europe rose to over 50% in the 1930's, provoking a fury that while indiscriminately wiping out six million Jews, religious and non-religious, also indirectly lead to the establishment of the State of Israel, a huge ingathering of the exiles and the ongoing Torah revival that is taking place in our generation (Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum, Founder & Director of AZAMRA):
"And I shall cause you to pass under the rod, and I shall bring you into the transmission of the covenant.
And I shall separate from you those who rebel and those who transgress against Me;" (Ezekiel 20:37-38). God will bring the people back under the discipline of the Torah and purge out the rebels.
The glorious future that awaits Israel when the lost Ten Tribes repents of their idolatry, at the end of days (Deut. 4:27-31, Ch. 4, Leviticus 26:40-46, Zec. 13:8-9), can only come about after the cleansing of the people through the oppressions and tribulations of exile (Jeremiah 23:7-15, 3:14-18, 31:1-13 ).
Ezekiel 22:18-22, 36:17-38, Zec. 13:8-9,
introduce the theme that at the end of days Israel will be purified of their sins. And the one who comes to prepare the way for the God of Justice separates out all impurity and removes the stain of the evil doers from the world
"For Tophteh is set up from yesterday, that too has been prepared for the king, it deepened, it widened its pile, of fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord is like a stream of brimstone, burning therein (Isaiah 30:33, 31:6-9).
The "hearth" (TOPHTEH) refers to Gehennom, a spiritual cleansing place, "because everyone who is seduced (MIT-PHATEH) by his evil inclination falls there" (Rashi). A place in hell has already been prepared for Israel's enemies (Psalm 83, Ezekiel 36:2-7).
”Is not My word so like fire? says the Lord,..?" (Jer. 23:29), "Therefore, so says the Lord God of Hosts, because you have spoken this word. Behold I put My words into your mouth as fire, and this people shall be wood and it shall consume them (Jeremiah 5:14, Isaiah 11:4).
"And the light of Israel shall become fire, and his holy one shall become a flame, and it shall consume his thorns and his worms in one day" (Isaiah 10:17). Here the prophet explains what it is that will kindle the fire that will burn up Israel's enemies. The "light of Israel" is the Torah to which once Hezekiah devoted himself, while the "flame" is the righteous Tzaddikim of the generation (Rashi).
"And the house of Jacob shall be fire and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau shall become stubble, and they shall ignite them and consume them, and the house of Esau shall have no survivors, for the Lord has spoken" (Obadiah 1:18).
Now where did He speak? (Num. 24:19) “Out of Jacob shall come a ruler, and he shall destroy him that remains in the city.” [from Mechilta Bo 12:16, Pirkei d’Rabbi Eliezer ch.37]. Edom, the nation which descended from Esau. In the rabbinic texts, Edom is often equated with Rome.
Isaiah 65:25 "
A wolf and a lamb shall graze together, and a lion, like cattle, shall eat straw, and a serpent-dust shall be his food; they shall neither harm nor destroy on all My holy mount," says the Lord." (See also Micah 7:15-17).
And the Midrash Aggadah explains: And a lion, like cattle, shall eat straw. Since we find that Esau will fall into the hands of the sons of Joseph, as it is said (Obadiah 18): “The house of Esau shall become stubble, and the house of Joseph a flame etc.” “And a lion, like cattle, shall eat straw.” Those tribes that were compared to a lion, such as Judah and Dan, like Joseph, who was compared to an ox (Deut. 33:17), shall devour Esau who was compared to straw.
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