The Structure of Exodus
Now these are the names of the children of Israel,
which came into Egypt;
every man and his household came with Jacob.
Exodus 1:1 (Spoke 2, Cycle 1)
Bet KeyWords: Ben, Bayit, Bo
The Hebrew name of Exodus is שמות (Shemuth, Names), taken from the opening words of the
book. This integrates with the Inner Cycle of Genesis, with the first occurrence of Shemuth being found in
Genesis 2. This further integrates with the symbolic meaning of Beyt as Word, in that the idea of naming is
essential to the concept of the Word (cf. The House Called By My Name).
The Hebrew practice of naming a book by its first word seems to be in recognition of God's deliberate
design of the books. The great themes of many books are marked with highly specific KeyWords in
the opening verse.
This is particularly clear in the Book of Exodus, where the relations between the ideas of the Name, Word,
Son, House, and the letter Beyt are greatly expanded upon with three fundamental Beyt Keywords
appearing in the opening verse:
- בן (Ben, Son): This is perhaps the ultimate Beyt KeyWord. It integrates with the nature
of the eternal Godhead, being the name of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God the Son.
It appears in the plural construct form "Beni", translated as children in Exodus 1.1 Thus we have
the pair of KeyWord Aleph (Av = Father) and Beyt (Ben = Son). Their union forms the Stone of
Prophecy (cf. The Second Commandment).
- בית (Bayit, House): This is the name of the Second Letter. It is profoundly integrated
analytic meaning of Ben as The Posterity
of the House (Beyt).
- בא (Bo, Come/Enter Into): This KeyWord exhibits the fundamental force of Beyt revealed
when the letter is combined with Aleph (cf. 231 Gates).
The "House" is a natural image
of a place to "go in" which is the meaning of Beyt when prefixed to a word, as discussed in
the Beyt Alphabetic Verses. A good example is seen in
the First Word of the Bible, Berashith (In the beginning).
The House is also a natural symbol of that which divides between what
is "in" and what is "out." It is the
archetypical "container" of concepts, hence it integrates with concept of the Word,
any two-edged sword (cf. Logos Holograph and the
dividing all creation
into this and that,
coming from the Mouth of the Creator Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Godhead, God the Son, whose
name is called "The Word of God." This is but a fragment of the cascading convergence of
archetypical concepts correlated via Geometry, Theology, Scripture and the Numerical Category defined by
the Number 2.
I will now discuss how these three ideas derived from the words of the first verse of Exodus provide an outline of that
The Independent Witness of J. Sidlow Baxter
One of the great joys of God's Truth is found in the
great cloud of witnesses
testifying to it. This coheres with the fundamental guiding principle of
Biblical studies - indeed of all studies for that matter - which is
that every word or fact must be confirmed by "two
or three witnesses." Applied to
Epistemology (the study of "how we know things"), this simply means that
Truth is established by multiple independent converging lines of evidence. When this is coupled
with divine Simplicity, Beauty, and Clarity, we know we have received the very Truth of God.
|Baxter's Outline of Exodus
||I. The Exodus (i - xviii)
Projected (i - iv)
Obstructed (v - xi)
Effected (xii - xviii)
||II. The Law (xix - xxiv)
Commandments - Moral
Judgments - Social
Ordinances - Religious
||III. The Tabernacle (xxv - xl)
Designed (xxv - xxxi)
Delayed (xxxii - xxxiv)
Completed (xxxv - xl)
The table on the right is adapted from the introduction to the Book of Exodus (pg. 74)
in J. Sidlow Baxter's wonderful analysis of the entire Bible called
Explore the Book. It is his outline for his study of Exodus, with the left red
column being my association of his outline with fundamental concepts from Spoke 2 of the
bwheel. Its significance is twofold: 1) It is an accurate outline of the entire book that
is perfectly integrated with dominant elements from Spoke 2, and 2) Baxter compiled it with
no knowledge of the Wheel, which means that his testimony is necessarily unbiased towards
the Wheel. Details of the three main divisions, and their relation to the elements of Spoke 2
are given below.
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son,
even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if
thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
This verse defines the essence of the first division of the book of Exodus - the Birth of Israel. It is
the first verse in all the Bible where God declares anyone to be His Son. This integrates with the order
of the Psalms (cf. Psalm 2), the
fundamental Beyt KeyWords
בן (Ben, Son) and
בכר (Boker, Firstborn) and
ultimately with the nature of the Second Person of the
Blessed Trinity, God the Son. The great event associated with
Israel's national birth - the division of the Red Sea - reiterates the pattern
established in the Second Day of Creation and ultimately the fundamental geometric meaning of the
Number 2 - Duality and Division. These links are just the highlights
of a huge pattern suffusing all of Spoke 2, as discussed above.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be
there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I
have written; that thou mayest teach them.
As discussed above, the concept of the Word is subsumed in the
category defined by the Number 2 and is
profoundly integrated with many themes from Spoke 2.
The giving of the Law on Mount Sinai expresses the essence of the idea of God's Word and forms
a strong thematic link to Isaiah 2 where we read:
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the
mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach
us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
The Ten Commandments are the epitome of the Law, indeed, they
are the Crown of the Torah.
They are the only words which are described as "written by the finger of God" Himself (Exodus 31.18).
The phrase translated as "the Ten Commandments" is עשרת הדברים
(Eseret HaDevarim). It literally means "the ten words."
The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the
house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these
words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel. And he was there with the LORD
forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And
he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
The Book of Exodus opens with reference to the name of the Second Letter Beyt (House).
Exodus contains the first occurrence of the
phrase בית יהוה (Beyt YHVH, House of the Lord). This
integrates with the chapter sequence of Isaiah, where the phrase first appears in Isaiah 2, yielding
a perfect integration of the order of the Canon, the order of the chapters in Isaiah, and the meaning of
the Second Letter Beyt (House). The power of these multiplied witnesses must not be overlooked. It is one
thing for there to be a correlated debut between Isaiah and the
Bible, but it is quite another if the content of
the correlation is itself the literal meaning of the corresponding Hebrew letter.
The Tabernacle, which is the House of the Lord - is first introduced in Exodus 34. Its intricate and detailed
design then occupies the remaining fifteen chapters.
The profound integration of the book of Exodus with the meaning of the Number 2 is revealed by numerous
independent witnesses and fields of study:
- Number 2 in Semiotics: Represents Division, Image, Reflection, Duality
- Number 2 in Theology: Represents the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity.
- Number 2 in Scripture:
- Second Day: Division of the Waters
- Second Seal: Great Sword, War (Division of the People (= Waters, Rev. 17.15)
- Second Commandment: No graven Images - relates to Duality, Reflection, and Second Person as Image
of the invisible God.
- Number 2 in Linguistics: The Word is the "linguistic image" of an object. It divides - like a
sword - between this and that. The Duality of the Signifier and thing Signified is the foundation
of this study. It integrates with Theology and Scripture because
"The Word" is the name of the Second Person of the Godhead.
This is but a small sample of God's infinitely intelligent use of the Number 2 in the revelation of Himself