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We begin our study this week of the "bridge" into our portion offered by last week's portion: the instruction about altar-making and how this connects to the presence of God, justice and even the incarnation of Christ. We then study the laws of slavery / servitude in context and in their biblical significance - ultimately pointing towards Him who would come in the form of a servant to save all of humanity. We pay special attention to the slave with the "pierced ear" who loved his Master.. showing that, far from being an act of humiliation and punishment, this love to the Master forever is what we are all in Christ - and what Christ Himself has come to fulfill. Finally, we study the instruction of not "seething the kid in his mother's milk" together with some Church Fathers as it pertains to our Lord - especially to the connection of His infancy and His passion.

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