Shemot – Moses and Mashiach

The Birth of Moses

וַתַּהַר הָאִשָּׁה, וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן; וַתֵּרֶא אֹתוֹ כִּי-טוֹב הוּא, וַתִּצְפְּנֵהוּ שְׁלֹשָׁה יְרָחִים.


And the woman conceived, and bore a

son; and when she saw him that he was a

goodly child, she hid him three months. (Ex 2:2)

Why doesn’t Torah reveal the name of “the woman” הָאִשָּׁה? It is explained that this is hinting to Eve who was first called “the woman” in Torah.

According to Arizal, the generation of the exodus is the reincarnation of the “shedim” שֵּׁדִים that were engendered by Adam during his 130 years of separation from Eve. Shedim are spirits without body, which were created by Adam wasting his seeds without producing offspring through Eve. Adam and Eve eventually reunited 130 later and gave birth to Seth after the image of Adam (Gen 5:3), meaning the “shedim” engendered during his previous 130 years were not after his image.

According to Arizal, the birth of Moses rectified the sin of Adam wasting seed for 130 years, for Yocheved gave birth to Moses when she was 130 years old. This is derived from rabbinical tradition that Yocheved, the mother of Moses, was the missing 33rd soul of the 70 souls of Jacob that descended to Egypt, for she was conceived in Canaan but born in Egypt in the same year. Since there was 210 years in the Egyptian exile, and Moses was 80 years old at the time of exodus, it follows that Yocheved was 130 years old when she gave birth to Moses.

When Moses was born, he was called “ki tov” כִּי-טוֹב, i.e. for he was good, (Ex 2:2), which parallels the first day of creation when God called the light “ki tov  כִּי-טוֹב(Gen 1:4), it is explained that the entire room was filled with light when Moses was born.

The word “tov” is exactly the 33rd word in the Torah, corresponding to Yocheved being the 33rd soul from the house of Leah.

Jacob lived 147 years, which is 33 years short of his father Isaac’s 180 years. It is explained that the 33 years were taken away from him since he complained to Pharaoh which contains exactly 33 words (Gen 47:8-9). According to one opinion, these 33 years were given to King David for his 33 reigns in Jerusalem.

Similarly, Moses lived 120 years, which is 17 years short of his father Amram’s 137 years. It follows that the 17 years corresponds to the gematria of “tov” טוֹב which is the light on the first day of creation.

According to Rashi, the two midwives are in fact Yocheved and Miriam, it follows that when Yocheved gave birth to Moses, Miriam must be the midwife, and the gematria of the four in the delivery room is 884:

Yocheved, Miriam, Moses, Light יוֹכֶבֶד מִרְיָם מֹשֶׁה אוֹר 884

The names of the midwives are called Shiphrah and Puah (Ex 1:15), which are in fact Yocheved and Miriam, the average number of the two groups is also 884 (= 1768 / 2):

Shiphrah, Puah, Moses שִׁפְרָה פּוּעָה מֹשֶׁה 1091
Yocheved, Miriam, Moses יוֹכֶבֶד מִרְיָם מֹשֶׁה 677

Moses and Yeshua

At the deeper level, Moses symbolizes Yeshua the Mashiach.

Yocheved symbolizes the Holy Spirit, and Miriam the sister of Moses symbolizes Miriam the mother of Yeshua. This is because the name Yocheved יוֹכֶבֶד means the “glory of YHVH”, כְּבוֹד-יְהוָה, and the Holy Spirit is the glory of YHVH, which is also known as Shechinah שְׁכִינָה. The gematria of the following phrases is 1066:

Holy Spirit, Shechinah, Glory of YHVH רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ שְׁכִינָה כְּבוֹד-יְהוָה 1066
Holy Spirit, Virgin רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ בְּתוּלָה 1066
And she conceived Moses (spelled out) וַתַּהַר מם שין הי 1066
And she gave birth to the “tov” , the Mashiach son of God and son of Man וַתֵּלֶד הַטּוֹב הַמָּשִׁיחַ בֵּן אֱלֹהִים וּבֶן אָדָם 1066

The gematria of Yocheved יוֹכֶבֶדis 42, corresponding to Yeshua being the 42nd generation of Abraham (Matt 1:17). Yocheved being the 33rd soul of the House of Leah hints to Yeshua lived to 33 years of age.

It is obviously a miracle for Yocheved to give birth to Moses at the age of 130, and similarly, a miracle for the virgin birth of Yeshua by Miriam. The light at the deeper level means the “light of the world” אוֹר הָעוֹלָם which is Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ, for the gematria of both is 358.

Yeshua in rabbinical tradition is called Yeshu יֵשׁוּ, who is called the “king of the Jews” (Mat 27:37), and son of Joseph (Luke 3:23). The following concepts are all 884 in gematria:

Yocheved, Miriam, Moses, Light יוֹכֶבֶד מִרְיָם מֹשֶׁה אוֹר 884
Yeshua is Yeshu King of the Jews יֵשׁוּעַ זֶה יֵשׁוּ מֶלֶךְ הַיְּהוּדִים 884
Yeshua son of Joseph and Miriam יֵשׁוּעַ בֶּן-יוֹסֵף מִרְיָם 884
Yeshu the Nazarene is light יֵשׁוּ הַנוֹצְרִי אוֹר 884

884 = 52 x 17, where 52 is the gematria of “son”, בֵּן and 17 is the gematria of “good”, טוֹב.

This is the son of God, the light of the world, the secret of the light on the first day of creation. For Yocheved gave birth at 130, and when 130 is subtracted from 884, the result is 754, the gematria of Yehoshua (Yeshua) the Mashiach יְהוֹשֻׁעַ הַמָּשִׁיחַ.

In the same manner Pharaoh slaughtered the infants at the time of Moses’ birth, so did Herod the King slaughtered the infants at Yeshua’s birth. Just as Moses went into exile until the death of Pharaoh, so did Yeshua until the death of Herod the King. The gematria of Pharaoh and Herod the King is exactly the same as Moses and Yeshua:

Pharaoh פַרְעֹה 355 Moses מֹשֶׁה 345
King Herod הוֹרְדוֹס הַמֶּלֶךְ 376 Yeshua יֵשׁוּעַ 386
  731 731

Just as Moses was hidden in an ark, so did Yeshua in a manger, the average number is 238 (= 476 / 2), alluding to the concealed light, as 238 is the same gematria of “and there was light”  וַיְהִי אוֹרon the first day of creation (Gen 1:3):

Ark תֵּבָה 406
Manger אֵבוּס 69

Moses was adopted by a mother, who is called Bithyah the daughter of Pharaoh בִּתְיָה בַת-פַּרְעֹה (1Chr 4:18), and Yeshua was adopted by a father, who is called husband of Mary (Mat 1:16), also a carpenter (Mark 6:3). Their gematria is 2235:

Bithyah the daughter of Pharaoh בִּתְיָה בַת-פַּרְעֹה 1174
Joseph the carpenter, husband of Mary יוֹסֵף הֶחָרָשׁ בַּעַל מִרְיָם 1061

2235 is an odd number, meaning the mid-point number from 1 to 2235 is 1118, which is the gematria of “two Mashiach” שֵׁנִית מָשִׁיחַ, for Moses is the first Mashiach with the first redemption from Egypt, and Yeshua is the final Mashiach with the final redemption from the sin.

Moses married a wife from the nations, Tziporah, who is the 7th daughter of Yitro, hinting to the 70 nations. The gematria of Tziporah daughter of Yitro is 1393, which is the same gematria of “70 soul of Israel”, for the 70 soul of Israel corresponds to the 70 nations:

Tziporah daughter of Yitro צִפֹּרָה בַּת יִתְרוֹ 1393
70 soul of Israel שִׁבְעִים נָפֶשׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל 1393

Similarly, Yeshua calls his bride from among the nations, who is called born again, a new man (Eph 4:24), the gematria of both groups is 720:

Moses מֹשֶׁה 345 Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ 358
Tziporah צִפֹּרָה 375 New man אָדָם הֶחָדָשׁ 362
  720 720

The Three Signs

The rod of Moses is no ordinary rod, as it is called “rod of God” מַטֵּה הָאֱלֹהִים (Ex 4:20). When the two words are spelled out, the gematria is exactly the same of the three signs:

Rod of God מַטֵּה הָאֱלֹהִים  
Spelled out מם טית הא הא אלף למד הא יוד מם 802
Serpent, leprosy, blood נָחָשׁ מְצֹרָע דָם 802

This comes to teach us that the first sign includes all three signs.

The rod of God symbolizes Mashiach, as the “atbash” of rod of God is the same gematria of leprosy, as follows:

Rod of God מַטֵּה הָאֱלֹהִים  
Atbash ינ”ץ צתכצמ”י 800
Leprosy מְצֹרַעַת 800

Mashiach is called the leper in rabbinical tradition, for he carries the sin of the world. The gematria of the three signs is also 424, which is the same gematria of Mashiach ben David, as follows:

Rod, hand, from water of the river מַטֵּה יָד מִמֵּימֵי הַיְאֹר 424
Mashiach ben David מָּשִׁיחַ בֶּן-דָּוִד 424

The rod of God represents Mashiach, and the antithesis of Mashiach is the serpent, as both in gematria is 358. The hand represents mitzvah (commandment) which is performed by hand, and the antithesis of mitzvah is curse as represented by the leprosy. Water represents Torah, and antithesis of Torah is death as represented by blood.

The three signs are performed in degree of severity: when Mashiach is not accepted, sin (serpent) is left at large; when the condition continues, the commandment (mitzvah) will be corrupted by the will of man, the result is curse (leprosy). Ultimately, the living water of Torah will be corrupted into death (blood).

The rectification therefore starts with Mashiach, who is called “truth” corresponding to the rod of God; it continues with the hand that guides the performance of commandment known as walking (way), or Halachah, which concludes with Torah that transforms death (blood) into life (water). As it is written in John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life”, which in gematria is 800, the same gematria of “hidden manna” (Rev 2:17):

I am the way, the truth, and the life אֲנִי דֶּרֶךְ אֱמֶת וְחַיִּים 800
Hidden manna מָּן נִסְתָּר 800

“Hidden manna” is the secret of “white stone” (Rev 2:17), which is the secret of water turning into blood that preludes the first redemption:

White stone אֶבֶן לְבָנָה 140
Water and blood מַּיִם וְדַם 140

The water of the river turned into blood when Moses smote it with the rod of God in his hand, thus unifying the three signs in initiating the 10 plagues of exodus.

Knowledge and Speech

According to Arizal, Moses personified daat and thus his generation was a generation of data. The higher knowledge (daat) corresponds to mouth (speech), and the lower knowledge (daat) corresponds to the male organ (circumcision).

For this reason Moses had a speech impediment (Ex 4:10), corresponding to the blemish in the higher knowledge and God almost killed him until his son was circumcised (Ex 4:26), corresponding to the lower knowledge.

The deeper meaning of the three signs is that the rod represents the male organ which is under the temptation of the serpent, i.e. the evil inclination, unless it is circumcised both in the flesh and in the heart, and the leprosy is the result of the mouth speaking evil tongue (lashon hara).

The generation’s lower knowledge was rectified on Pesach, when all males were circumcised (Ex 12:48), and Moses’ speech impediment was rectified on Shauvot, when Torah the living water was given, this is the secret of transforming blood into water, the third sign.

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