We do not need to know the beginning of a child’s story to change the ending. ~Fi Newood

A very dear friend of mine who was adopted wrote the last three articles. I really appreciated her writings, her perspective on our culture and how it affects our thought life, and how being  adopted impact a child. I couldn’t WRITE about the deep things in life without having gone through it.  It would be just  hypotheses or theories rather than facts and truths.

One very famous adoption from antiquity is Moses.  He, being taken out of the water, by Pharaoh’s daughter, became a prince of Egypt. It’s a very interesting story that has been marinating in my mind for quite some time – actually for years and for many reasons. According to the book of Exodus, Moses was taken back to his own mother, Jochebed, to be (nursed) breastfed and nurtured. The Egyptian princess knew he was a Hebrew baby, yet she loved him and paid Jochebed to nurse him until age four. The weaning age of a child.  Moses grew up knowing his mother Jochebed and his father Amram, his brother Aaron and his sister Miriam. They were from the tribe of Levi, the third son of Jacob and Leah.  Very important part of the story.

Moses must was have been confused when he was taken back riding on a golden chariot pulled by a white Arabian horse, I’m sure, to the palace – to live with complete strangers.  Being loved and trained must have made him forget Goshen although the memory of his family that nurtured him remained in the back of his mind.  A good Jewish friend of mine once told me that the reason Moses had a problem speaking was due to his fascination with a burning coal. He picked it up and it burned his tongue while at the palace.  Its possible. He was just a curious little boy who became curious of the burning bush later in life that changed the history of his people and the world.

Moses was very well educated both in scholarship and in the Art of War.  Clearly, we see his passion for writing and teaching and being the general in wars between Egypt and the promise land. He wrote the Torah, the first five books in the Old testament. I believe God gifted him with the seven spiritual gifts mentioned in Isaiah 11:1-2, and Miracles (1 Corinthians 12:1-8). The man who opened the Red Sea.

As Jesus came out of the water aftér John the Baptizer baptized him in the Jordan River at age 30, the sky splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in a form of a dove and a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved son and you bring me great joy. 

Yechiel Kaye, Happily Jewish,  writes “One of the most common misconception about Bar Mitzvah.

“The Bar Mitzvah is not a ceremony, it’s a status…” 

Jesus may not have had a Bar Mitzvah. But we know what he did at age twelve. (Read Luke chapter two)  And under the Roman rule, the man Jesus was given a status from God, his father at his baptism. And it was heard by Roman Soldiers guarding any crowd, at the time of Jesus, in all Israel. 

I never had the traditional  omesurch ra kot ngelekek  because I was told “ngdiak a demam el diak a choktemelem”. I had no status.  I read John 1:12 and found where I belonged. You may not have a status in a clan or in your own community, but you are a child of God.

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