Parshas Shemos Shemos
Shemos 1:1 - 6:1

The Rod Of Moshe ©

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mrs. Ethel Channah Sakash Belk, my mother, who passed away this year on 22 Kislev, 5760 - 12 01, 1999, may she rest in peace.

After Yosief died and after all his brothers died we are told:
And B'nei Yisroel were fruitful and multitudinious, and they were many. They became exceedingly mighty and the land was filled with [B’nei Yisroel]... Shemos1:7

We also know that Ha Torah recordes the years of years of Levi's life as one hundred and thirty-seven years...Shemos 6:16. Levi came to Mitzriam when he was forty-three years old. He was four years older than Yosief who was thirty-nine when Yaakov brought all his family to live in Mitzriam.

Yosief died at 110 years of age. Levi outlived Yosief by twenty-three years. It was after Levi died that B’nei Yisroel became "fruitful and prolific, and their population multiplied. They were exceedingly mighty and the land was filled with them..."

Now the entire time that B’nei Yisroel lived in Mitzriam was 210 years. Moshe was born just thirty-six years after the death of Levi. When Moshe was born B’nei Yisroel were in slavery... His very life was in great danger. Pharaoh had ordered that all the male children should be drowned in the Nile River.

Now if one considers Yosief's entire age 110 + the Gematria for the word for Eh Ved {slave} 76 + the thirty six years from when Levi died until Moshe's birth you have 222. We'll come back to this...

Avraham was the shepherd of Yisroel. Yitzchok was the shepherd of Yisroel. Yaakov was the shepherd of Yisroel. Yosief was also the shepherd of Yisroel. These are the Patriarchs of Yisroel. They are the men who Hashem made the covenant of Yisroel with.

Avraham lived 175 years
Yitzchok lived 180 years
Yaakov lived 147 years
Yosief lived 110 years

Total years lived 612 years. 612 is the Gematria of Bihreet, ‘Covenant’.

Each of these men were considered a prince, a ruler. Avraham was called a prince by the inhabitants of the land. ‘The sons of Cheis replied to Avraham saying to him, Hear us my master, you are a prince of G-d in our midst.' Bereishis 23.6 It follows that upon the death of Avraham Yitzchok would be considered a prince, and upon the death of Yitzchok Yaakov would be considered a prince, and upon the death of Yaakov, Yosief would be considered a prince...

Avraham lived 175 years
Yitzchok lived 105 years beyond his father, Avraham
Yaakov lived 027 years beyond his father, Yitzchok
Yosief lived 054 years beyond his father, Yaakov

Total years from Avraham's birth to Yosief's death are 361 years. 361 is the Gematria for Naw See {Prince}.

Yosief and Moshe are shepherds and a prince / rule. Both are leaders. The rod that a shepherd and a prince carry is a point of identity. When Avraham died Yitzchok then officially carried his father's rod of leadership. When Yitzchok died then Yaakov officially carried his grandfather's and father's rod of leadership. When Yaakov died then Yosief officially carried his great grandfather's, grandfather's and father's rod of leadership. This is why the Torah states, 'And new king arose in Mitzriam who did not perceive Yosief.' Shemos 1:8 In other words, he did not know understand the teachings of Ha Torah as observed by Avraham, Yitzchok, Yaakov or Yosief. He did not recognize their rod of leadership. After Yosief's death it was as if the rod disappeared. From Yosief to Moshe we do not read of a leader in Kal Yisroel. That was a period of 59 years. Yosief's older brother, Levi, lived twenty-three years on beyond Yosief. After Levi's death thirty-six more years passed before the birth of Yisroel's next leader, Moshe.

Moshe lived 120 years. The Gematria of the Mem is 40. The Mem of Moshe represents forty years in Mitzriam, plus forty years in Midian plus forty years in Midbar {wilderness} for a total of 120 years.

Forty years after Moshe fled from Mitzriam and forty years after he lived in Midian he saw a Burning Bush that was not consumed... His curiosity was seized by the Bush that Burned without being consumed... Moshe went to the Burning Bush... Hashem spoke to Moshe from the Burning Bush, through a malech. This was NOT a therophany or a christophany. this was NOT the angel of Hashem. No angel is designation as such in Ha Tenach. This is a non Jewish doctrine invented by other religions attempting to show Jesus lived prior to the New Testament. This was Not The Angel of Hashem’ as other religions teach. There is NO definite article here in Hebrew. Yet non Jewish translators translate this as if it does have a definite article. Ha Torah does NOT say Ha Melech Hashem. Ha Torah says Mahl Ahch Hashem {angel of Hashem}. This was just one of many angel / messengers used by Hashem. This angel appeared to Moshe as a bush that was a flame. This G-d spoke to Moshe and as a result Moshe removed his shoes and bowed before His presence. G-d said,
'I am the G-d of your father, the G-d of Avraham, the G-d of Yitzchok and the G-d of Yaakov... And said Hashem to Moshe, I have surely seen from Aleph to Tav the misery of My people that are in Mitzriam I have heard from Aleph to Tav of their cry because of their slave masters; for I know their sorrows..' Shemos 3:7

It was shortly after this point that we first observe the Gematria of 36. Hashem says to Moshe,
'What is in your hand?' Vih Yaw Deh Chaw {Your hand.} Moshe replied Vah Yoh Mehr Mah Teh {a rod}. Now this was not just any rod. Our sages teach that this Mah Teh was Yaakov’s staff. This is the staff mentioned in Bereishis 32:10. This is the staff Yaakov received from Avraham Avinu. This is the staff that our sages teach Aharon, Yosief, Yehudah, Levi, Dovid Ha Melech and every king of Yisroel carried. This is the rod that Moshiach will carry. So when Hashem asked Moshe 'What is in your hand?' this is what was meant!! This is a rod of very very very great signifance! See Shemos 4:2,3

The Gematria of Bi Yaw Deh Chaw is 36. Hashem instructs Moshe to throw the rod on the ground. When Moshe complies with the Creator’s instruction the rod turns into a snake. Moshe quickly backs away from the snake. Then Hashem says to Moshe,
'Reach out you hand and grasp its tail.' When Moshe did this the snake became a rod again. Shemos 4

Vah Yah Chah Zek Boh, meaning when Moshe reached out 'AND TOOK HOLD OF IT,' {the snake} it became a rod in his hand. The Gematria of Vah Yah Chah Zek Boh is 139. The Gematria of 139 is exactly where Moshe was standing at that very second in his life. It was 59 years after Yosief's death that Moshe was born and it was 80 years from Moshe's birth to the day he stood before Hashem at the Burning Bush. 59 + 80 = 139. Mystically this was the time for Moshe at Hashem's command to reach out and seize the snake, Pharaoh, by the tail.

Then at the conclusion of the conversation, Hashem charged Moshe, saying, 'Take ‘this rod’ in your hand, for with it you will perform the [miraculous] signs.' Ha Mah Teh {This Rod} is the Gematria of 59. Fifty-nine represents the time from Yosief laying the rod down at his death and Moshe picking the rod up at his birth. Remember that Pharaoh ordered the Hebrew midwives to kill every male child in Shemos1:16. Why? Rashi states that His astrologers had told him that a son was to be born who would liberate them.

Now classmates we return to the Gematria of 222 which we began our discussion with. Before B’nei Yisroel became slaves Ha Torah stated they were Vah Yah Ahtz Moo {[exceedingly] mighty}. The Gematria of Vah Yah Ahtz Moo is 222. Shemos 1:7

Our sages say from the time of their enslavement until the time of their deliverance B’nei Yisroel declined to the 49th level. It was here in the depths of no hope that B’nei Yisroel again began their ascent to be 'MIGHTY'. What happened? Ha Torah says, Vah Yah Ah Mayn Haw Awm {they [B’nei Yisroel] believed} The Gematria of Vah Yah Ah Mayn Haw Awm is 222. Shemos 4:31

So now we await the Moshiach who will again pick up the rod of our fathers. He will lead Kal Yisroel. He will lead the entire world. He will hold the rod high like Moshe Rabbeinu did. Kal Yisroel will look upon the rod in faith, then our enemies will be defeated.

Wishing you the best,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Written in 5760
Updated in 5764

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