BO | WEEK 15

By Shelly Volk

Ex 10:1 – 13:16

In last week’s reading, we saw a pattern repeated over and over again, which covered the plagues up to and including the plague of hail. Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened despite the fact of his telling Moses to appeal to the Lord to stop the specific plague with the promise that he would let the people go. When God stopped the plague, Pharaoh hardened his heart again and refused to let the people go.

This week’s reading begins with Moses and Aaron going to Pharaoh saying:

“Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me. If you refuse to let My people go, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.’” Exodus 10:3,4

The pattern remained the same after the plagues of locusts and darkness over the land. Chapter 11 begins with the Lord telling Moses that He will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and Egypt. After that, Pharaoh will let the people go; he will drive them out completely.

“Thus says the LORD, ‘About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, and all the first born in the land shall die from the first born of Pharaoh even to the first born of the slave girl who is behind the millstones; all the first born of the cattle as well.’” Exodus 11:4,5


In Chapter 12, God establishes the Passover on the 15th day of Nisan. He instructs the sons of Israel that each household is to take a lamb on the 10th day of the month and slaughter it at twilight on the 14th day of the month. They were to sprinkle the blood of the lamb on the two doorposts and on the lintel of each house.

“The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.’” Exodus 12:13,14

The sons of Israel have celebrated the feast of Passover for over 3,500 years just as the Lord commanded. The most important aspect of Passover was the redemption of the sons of Israel by the Lord. He told them the blood of the lamb would be a sign for them––and when He saw the blood on the doorposts and the lintel––He would pass over to prevent the destroyer from killing the firstborn. The blood of the lamb foreshadowed the true Lamb of God, Yeshua––Jesus, whose blood was shed on the Cross at Calvary for our redemption.


The Lord was very specific to the sons of Israel regarding the lamb to be slain:

“Your lamb shall be without blemish.” Exodus 12:5

We see the fulfillment of Exodus 12:5 in the New Testament:

“Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” I Peter 1:18,19

The Lord gave the sons of Israel specific instructions about how to tend to the lamb:

“Nor are you to break any bones of it.” Exodus 12:46

We see the fulfillment of Exodus 12:46––not a bone to be broken in the New Testament:

“But coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.” John 19:33

The two thieves crucified with Yeshua––Jesus had their legs broken so they could die before the Sabbath (John 19:31).


The name of this week’s reading from the Torah, BO, means to come. I was brought up in an orthodox Jewish home where we celebrated the Feast of Passover at a Seder meal for two nights. My father and uncles would pray and read from the Book of Exodus about the redemption of the sons of Israel. Yet, I never understood the meaning of the lamb, or the blood of the lamb sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of every Jewish home in Egypt. The only remembrance of the lamb on the Seder table was––a dried up shank bone! My parents were from Russia and were thankful to celebrate the Passover in peace without persecution––but they didn’t understand the   meaning of the lamb, or the blood of the lamb. We obeyed the Lord’s command to celebrate the Passover; we remembered the deliverance of the sons of Israel out of Egypt, but it was not until 36-years of age…

I had a revelation of who Yeshua–Jesus was according to the Torah and the Prophets and the Psalms. Without the Lord opening our eyes to see Him as He really is––we have religion––a religious custom––tradition––a dead practice––like the dried up shank bone on the Seder table celebrating the redemption of the sons of Israel.

Dear Lord, please give revelation knowledge of the Passover lamb––our redemption! Give each one a heart to pray for the Jewish people to …

BO – COME to see Yeshua as Messiah and King. May You give us Your heart for the Jewish people. Love of God, touch my heart afresh and anew for You.

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” John 1:29

Overcome the destroyer of your life – BO – COME …

“And they overcame him (the destroyer) by of the blood of the Lamb and the of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Revelation 12:11

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About the Author

Honored to be the father of Scott Volk! Shelly Volk a Jewish believer––saved in 1974––called by the Lord in 1975 to serve Him with Arthur Katz. Arthur had founded a community of believers in Northern Minnesota. Shelly left his lucrative position in the world. In 1976, along with his wife, June, sold their home with most all their possessions and gave to the poor. With their three children: Scott, Dean & Suzi moved to Ben Israel Ministries. Shelly served as a leader of the community with Arthur Katz and Arthur Beebe for 81/2 years. This marked the beginning of Shelly’s journey, walking by faith and trusting God for all things.

In 1985 Shelly was called by the Lord to Phoenix, Arizona, through the Kaplans He joined them at Jewish Voice Broadcast where he was the leader of Phoenix Messianic Congregation and hosted Jewish Voice radio and TV programs; he also taught the bible and preached the Gospel. Shelly and June led tours to Israel.

In January of 1987, Shelly became the Senior Pastor of Calvary Church of the Valley. He led the two Congregations for several years and served as senior pastor for CCV for 10 years. The church grew from 75 to 500: marriages were restored, God moved with salvation of many youths and restoration of families; barren women conceived and alcoholics delivered. Shelly led many of his Jewish kinsmen to the saving knowledge of Yeshua as their Messiah.

He founded Immanuel Congregation of Phoenix in 1996. He and June have had a weekday radio program: For Zion’s Sake, for almost 30 years.

Shelly resides in Phoenix, AZ, with his wife, June. They have been married 55 years. Their three children are married and gave them eleven grandchildren (5 married) and 2 great grandsons along with a great granddaughter due in April.

Shelly’s Burdens: Encouraging Leaders; The Kingdom of God; The Mystery of Israel and the Church; The Time of Jacob’s Trouble; The Restoration of All Things and the salvation of Israel.


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