Skip to comments.Service of G-d or Bondage to Man
Posted on 02/01/2013 7:50:08 AM PST by Zionist Conspirator
"I am Hashem your G-d Who took you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage."
(From this week's Torah portion, Yitro, Exodus 20:2)
Values always come on a ladder. They have no significance if they are not set out in the proper order of preference; what is more important, what comes first and what is the foundation for all the rest.
The first commandment of the Ten Commandments in this week's Torah portion is the starting point and the foundation for the entire structure of values that follows. There is a G-d Who redeemed us from slavery to humans. We serve Him and Him only. Throughout history, despots who desired to rule the entire world have found themselves in serious conflict with the Nation of Israel. From Pharaoh to Ahashverosh, from Hitler to Stalin these despots concluded that they must destroy the Jews, simply because the Jews cannot be enslaved: They already have a King, "I am Hashem, your G-d."
Many values are held aloft in our world: Equality, liberty, liberalism and more. They are all fine and good. But usually, they are not founded on the first of the Ten Commandments. "My (Nile) River is mine and I created myself," said Pharaoh, just one example of a king who thought he was a god. The more that a leader puts himself at the focal point, the more he diminishes G-d and attempts to "replace" Him, the more that slavery takes root until the entire state becomes one large concentration camp: a "house of bondage".
The danger of enslavement has greatly increased in modern times. The state's ability to control and revoke its citizen's liberty is very enticing to a regime that has no G-d. The excuse will always always- be security. "We must revoke your liberty so that we can protect you."
Do we really need to be biometrically marked like animals just to counter the plague of forged identity cards? Is there no technological solution better than a simple photograph that can easily be removed and replaced? Of course there is. (Smart chips are already in place in all sorts of identity cards, and they are extremely difficult to forge.) But the prime motivation for the Orwellian biometric law is the abrogation of liberty; to entice us all into a house of bondage in the name of security, of course.
Wherever G-d has been completely removed from the picture in atheist or communist regimes human life and honor have no value at all. In China they raise people in locked farms so that they can sell their organs for transplants or horror shows, like the one that recently featured in Israel. So when you hear someone talking about lofty values, be sure to check his entire message. Who is his G-d? Who works for whom? Does he work for G-d, or vice versa?
Powerful words and praise the Lord God for his protection of Israel and America. Not from external forces, but from powers from within. The ONLY one who will protect us is God, his Son, and the Holy Spirit.
And Great Post Z.C.
...Why does Hashem define Himself as the G-d who took us out of Egypt? It seems that a more appropriate title for Hashem would be “G-d, Creator of the Universe”. Defining Hashem as “Creator” identifies Him as the One responsible for all existence, while, “the One who took us out of Egypt” indicates that He is responsible for only one historical incident...
...the basis for every healthy relationship is each party’s concern for the well-being of the other. Hashem’s taking us out of Egypt reflects His compassion and care for the Jewish people, and it is therefore the cornerstone of the relationship. “Kedai hi hahotsa’a” means that it is fitting that this act should be the basis for our serving Him, for He has shown His commitment and concern for our well-being.
The relationship forged at Sinai is described by our Sages as a marriage; by definition it must be exclusionary. Stating that Hashem created the world does not indicate a unique concern for the Jewish People alone. Therefore, it could not be the cornerstone of the marriage. The exodus from Egypt, which was performed exclusively for us, is the appropriate basis of our marital bond...
He clearly articulates what he clearly believes, with no ifs, ands, or buts. He must be an extremist./sarc?