Parashah Va’eschanan Hearing with Obedience; Life for our Children.
–Chanan (khaw-nan)- to bend or stoop; to implore; beseech; make supplication.
Lebab (laybawb)- the heart; courage; understanding.
gbuwrah (gheb-oo-raw)- valor; victory; mastery; might; power; strength.
Job 12;7 Please ask the Behemoth, however, and it will teach you; the bird of the heaven, and it will tell you. 8 Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; the fish of the sea will report to you. 9 Who cannot know from all these things that the hand of God made this? 10 That in His hand is the soul of every living thing and the spirit of all mankind? 11 Can the ear not discern words, as the palate tastes food. 12 In the aged is the wisdom, and [in] length of days understanding 13[that] with Him are wisdom and might (gbuwrah); His are counsel and understanding. 14 Behold! He demolishes and it cannot be rebuilt; He locks [the door] on a man, and it cannot be opened.
–We come to one of my favorite sections of Devarim (Deuteronomy) in which the Decalogue-Ten Declarations-Ten Words- Ten Commandments- Ten Commitments are again beautifully given; the text of the Shema, which the Master indicated as the most important commitment is found.
We are reminded of the finality of the decrees of the Lord, as Moshe pleads with God repeatedly that he be allowed to cross the Jordan and enter Israel (the sages teach that he begged over hundreds of times which resulted in the abrupt response from the Father). We learn that it not milk, honey or an affinity for the Land that so consumes Moshe, it is that idea that there are specific and numerous mitzvot that can only truly be realized and fulfilled in Israel, his devotion and desire to fill out his every moment with these mitzvot is the source of his great longing and deep disappointment.
He reminds the people by his example to always be obedient to the Lord even despite immense disappointment. He adjures them to remember through his loss of the Land, how very great this opportunity is for them. We learn from the Hebrew word heart (lebab or lev) that this is the seat of our understanding. It is the brain that elicits an emotional response. From the heart we find the mastery of ourselves and the courage to serve God with all that we have despite any dilemma’s or complications in life. God has very good reasons for closing doors that we feel drawn to walk through, if we trust in the Hand that opens all doors we can also trust in His Hand and purposes for the closure of opportunities we can not see the end result of. HASHEM employs the same terminology with Moshe as He did with Avraham as He showed him the Land and expresses the eternal promise of permanence and abundance for the Children of Israel in the Land.
Devarim 3;23 I implored HASHEM at that time, saying, ” My Lord, HASHEM/ELOHIM, You have begun to show your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand, for what power is there in the heaven or on the earth that can perform according to Your deeds and according to Your mighty acts? 25 Let me now cross and see the good Land that is on the other side of the Jordan, this good mountain and the Lebanon. 26 But HASHEM became angry with me because of you, and He did not listen to me; HASHEM said to me,” It is too much for you! Do not continue to speak to me further about this matter. 27 Ascend to the top of the cliff and raise your eyes westward, northward, southward and eastward, and see with your eyes, for you shall not cross this Jordan. 28 But you shall command Joshua, and strengthen him and give him resolve, for he shall cross before this people and he shall cause them to inherit that Land that you will see.” 29 So we remained in the valley, opposite Beth-peor.
Bereshis (Genesis) 13;14 HASHEM said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Raise now your eyes and look out from where you are; northward, southward, eastward, and westward. 15 For all the land that you see, to you will I give it, and to your descendants forever. 16 I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth so that if one can count the dust of the earth, then your offspring, too, can be counted. 17 Arise, walk about the land through its length and its breadth! For to you will I give it.”
–We read the word Shama, known as listen, or hear but the Hebrew meaning is so deep. How often do we half-way listen to our children while scrubbing a toilet, or partially attend to the conversations with a spouse while changing a diaper? That could be the excuse, other things get in the mix, things that also need our attention. This type of to hear, Shama, is something far more than what we are accustomed to in this fast paced, computer generated generation distorted by endless distractions. Shama is to hear with intelligence, from the heart, to listen with the intent upon outset…of obedience. There’s more to it, this hearing entails a continuation…proclamation and witness. What an incredible idea! If we could come before the throne and as we enter into our study time with the intent not to prove or disprove, to affirm or deny according to our own ideas…but to Shama, already primed and willing to be obedient, prepared to testify to what the Lord and His unchanging eternal word has in store for us, alive every time we come with a heart to Shama.
–Shama (shaw-maw)- to hear intelligently (with attention, obedience, to tell); carefully; certainly; consider; discern; give ear; listen; hearken; perceive; proclaim; regard; understand; witness; obey.
Yacaph (yaw-saf)-to add or augment; exceed; further; increase.
Gara (gaw-rah)- to scrape off; to shave; remove; lessen; withhold; abate; diminish; keep back; restrain; make small.
Dabeq (daw-bake)-adhering; cleave; join; stick closer.
Ra’ah (raw-aw)-to see; approve; behold; consider; discern; have experience; gaze; take heed; regard; respect; perceive.
Chay (Khah-ee)-alive; raw; fresh; strong; troop; multitude; congregation.
Devarim 4;1 Now, O Israel, listen (shama) to the decrees and to the ordinances that I teach you to perform, so that you may live, and you will come and possess the Land that HASHEM, the God of your forefathers, gives you. 2 You shall not add (yachaph) to the word that I command you, nor shall you subtract (gara) from it, to observe the commandments of HASHEM, your God, that I command you. 3 Your eyes have seen (ra’ah) what HASHEM did with Baal-peor, for every man that followed Baal-peor-HASHEM, your God, destroyed them from your midst . 4 But you who cling (dabeq) to HASHEM, your God- you are all alive (chay) today.
Proverbs 30; 2 Surely I am a boor of a man and do not have human understanding. 3 I have not learned wisdom, nor known sacred knowledge. 4 Who [but Moses] ascended to heaven and descended? Who else gathered the wind in his palm? Who else tied the waters in a cloak? Who established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if you know? Every word of God is refined; he is a shield to those who trust in Him. 6 Do not add (yacaph) to his words, lest He test you and find that you deceived.
Revelation 22;18 I warn everyone hearing the words of the prophecy in this book that if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes anything away from the. words in the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the Tree of Life and the holy city, as described in this book. The one who is testifying to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon!’
–The Master made it clear not even the tiniest jot or tittle (the small marks and dashes in the Hebrew script) will pass from the Torah until all has been fulfilled (recalling the definition of fulfilled in the Greek Pleroo as being furnished; satisfied; executed; VERIFIED.) [Matthew 5;17 Don’t think I have come to abolish the Torah and Prophets. I have not come to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or stroke will pass from the Torah- not until everything that must happen has happened.] I truly believe that our seeking after the Lord and relying upon the gift of His word which we have been given should be fortified with the study of the ancient languages in which the texts were written (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek). It is easy to do there are so many tools we can take advantage of and I highly encourage you to start reading the Scripture within the context of these languages.
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The text of Devarim is clearly tied to the instructions found in Proverbs and Revelation. It is easy with the tens of thousands of denominations, and hundreds of ‘translations’ for one to stray from the origins of the ancient words and directions of the Lord, but let us not be fooled, neither be led astray…not to the left or to the right. We are told that the Torah makes the path secure, that in it are life and length of days.
Shamar (shaw-mar)- to hedge about (as with thorns); to protect; to attend to; beward; take heed; mark; observe; preserve; regard.
Asah (aw-saw)-to do or make; accomplish; advance; appoint; become; bear; bestow; bring forth; have the charge of; execute; exercise; furnish; maintain; observe; be occupied; hold; use.
Agape (ag-ah-pay)- love; affection or benevolence.
Charis (khar-ece)- gift; benefit; favour; joy; pleasure; graciousness; divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life.
Paraptoma (par-ap-to-mah)- a side-slip (lapse or deviation); (unintentional)error or (willful) transgression; fall; fault; offense; sin; trespass.
Ergon (er-gon)-toil; act; deed; doing; labour; work.
Proetoiamzo (pro-et-oy-mad-zo)- to fit up in advance; ordain before; prepare before.
Peripateo (per-ee-pat-eh-o)-to tread all around; to live; go; walk; to be occupied with.
Ephesians 2; 4 But God is so rich in mercy and loves us with such intense love (agape) 5 that, even when we were dead because of our acts of disobedience (paraptoma), he brought us to life along with the Messiah- it is by grace (charis) that you have been delivered. 6 That is, God raised us up with the Messiah Yeshua and seated with him in heaven, 7 in order to exhibit in the ages to come how infinitely rich is his grace, how great is his kindness toward us who are united with Messiah Yeshua. 8 For you have been delivered by grace through trusting, and even this is not your accomplishment but God’s gift. 9 You were not delivered by your own actions (ergon) ; therefore no one should boast. 10 For we are of God’s making, created in union with the Messiah Yeshua for a life of good actions (ergon) already prepared (proetoaimzo) by God for us to do (peripateo).
Devarim 4;5 See, I have taught you decrees and ordinances, as HASHEM, my God, has commanded me, to do so in the midst of the Land to which you come, to possess it. 6 You shall safeguard (shamar) and perform (asah) them, for it is your wisdom and discernment in the eyes of the peoples, who shall hear all these decrees and who shall say, “Surely a wise and discerning people is this great nation!” 7 For which is a great nation that has a God Who is close to it, as is HASHEM, our God, whenever we call to Him? 8 And which is a great nation that has righteous decrees and ordinances, such as this entire Torah that I place before you today? 9 Only beware for yourself and greatly beware for your soul, lest you forget all the things that your eyes have beheld and lest you remove them from your heart all the days of your life, and make them known to your children and your children’s children-10 the day that you stood before HASHEM, your God, at Horeb, when HASHEM said to me, “Gather the people to Me and I shall let them hear My words, so that they shall learn to fear Me all the days that they live on the earth and they shall teach their children.”
Matthew 24; 10 At that time many will be trapped in to betraying and hating each other, 11 many false prophets will appear and fool many people; 12 and many people’s love (agape) will grow cold because of increased distance from Torah. 13 But whoever hold out to the end will be delivered. 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be announced throughout the whole world as a witness to all the Goyim (Gentiles). It is then that the end will come.
–The Ephesians text is so amazing to me, it is not for lack of love or heart or the appreciation of the grace that we are considered dead. It is for lack of obedience. A deviation from the path to life. And Charis, Grace, a word so easily thrown around has such intense meaning…truly I bear witness that because of the gift of grace (charis), the joy in the benefit of having received His favor…the united obedience and drive to perform from the heart because of the actions of my Savior…the divine influence upon the heart is truly manifest in a life lived out to adhere to the predetermined, masterfully designed (proetoaimzo) order in which we are charged to walk…to live…to be occupied with (peripateo) in DOING what we were made for.
Moshe charges the people to safeguard the commandments and to perform them…the same as the writer of Ephesians. To exhibit for ages to come what a gift it is to be united with the commandments of our Master and their wise design. The Devarim text uses the word Ben (meaning son, referring to children) four times in two verses. The recurring theme in the entire portion of Va’eschanan is passing on the Commandments to our children that they may have length of days for life!
-It was not only Moshe who considered the entire Torah to be righteous armor bestowed from the Divine.
Paul writes of the failure of men, not the Torah, is it our lack of adherence that occasions us to stumble and fall into sin. And truly without the completely complimentary elements of the Torah (Living Word) and the Spirit there can be no power over a former nature clinging to sin. What God considers hostile is a lack of submission to His Torah or an outward observance un-facilitated by the Spirit.
-Paul calls the requirements of the Torah “just”=dikaioma, meaning an equitable deed; righteousness.
Romans 8;3 For what the Torah could not do by itself, because it lacked the power to make the old nature cooperate, God did by sending his own Son as a human being with a nature like our own sinful one [but without sin]. God did this in order to deal with sin, and in so doing he executed the punishment against sin in human nature, 4so that the just requirement of the Torah might be fulfilled in us who do not run our lives according to what our old nature wants. 5 Fort those who identify with the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 Having one’s mind controlled by the old nature is death, but having one’s mind controlled by the Spirit is life and shalom. 7 For the mind controlled by the old nature is hostile to God, because it does not submit itself to God’s Torah- indeed, it cannot.
-It isn’t easy to mistake the overwhelming opinion of King David regarding the Torah of the Almighty, nearly every Psalm fulfills and upholds the idea of the righteousness of the Torah
Psalm 119;137 Righteous are You, HASHEM, and each of Your ordinances is fair. 138 You commanded the righteousness of Your testimonies, and great faithfulness. 139 My zeal has consumed me, for my oppressors have forgotten Your words. 140 Your word is very pure, and Your servant love it. 141 I am young and despised, yet I do not forget Your precepts. 142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Torah is truth.
Job 9;2 Truly, I know that it is so. How can a man be righteous with god? 3 If he would want to contend with Him, He would not reply even once in a thousand. 4 He is wise of heart and immensely strong. who ever stubbornly opposed Him and remained whole? 5 It is He Who uproots mountains and [people] don’t know, when He overturns them in His anger; 6 Who shakes the earth from its place, and its pillars tremble; 7 Who gives the command to the sun, and it does not shine; and seals up the stars; 8 Who alone stretches out the heavens, and treads upon the crests of the sea; 9 Who made Ursa Minor, Orion, Plediades, and the southern constellations; 10 Who performs great deeds that are beyond comprehension, and wonders beyond number. 11 If He would pass before me, I would not see [Him]; He would move across and I would not perceive Him. 12 If He would suddenly strike, who could restrain Him? Who could say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’ 13 God does not turn back His anger; bent underneath Him are those who assist the arrogant. 14 Could I, then, answer Him, or choose to argue with Him? 15 Even if I were right, I would not speak up, not would I implore (Chanan) my judge.
–The Job text is a beautiful expression of the very thing our Torah portion speaks of : God’s dominion over all the earth and everything in it. God knew how amazing His creation is and how in awe and wonder one would mistake the creation in all its brilliance as the object of worship rather than the source by which all came into being. He is so good and all knowing, He is compassionate and understanding…that is why it such a huge point for Him that we not replace our faith in the invisible King with something we can hold, something corporeal. This is why over and over again He reminds us that it is this replacement that will cause the space between us and God…idolatry, and it can be anything (any person) you put at a greater importance or value than your walk and seeking after the Lord. God is invisible yet He is everywhere, and He sent the very best part of Him to us in the form of a human being, Yeshua…the Word made flesh. He died for you and for me, he rose and serves at the right hand of the Father as our Kohen Gadol (High Priest) and he will return in glory, I want to live each day with this in mind. His blood for our breath. How will we use it?
I Timothy 1; 17 So to the King- eternal, imperishable and invisible, the only God there is- let there be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen
Colossians 1;15 He is the visible image of the invisible God. He is supreme over all creation, 16 because in connection with him were created all things- in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, lordships, rulers or authorities- they have all been created through him and for him. 17 He existed before all things, and he holds everything together.
Romans 1;20 For ever since the creation of the universe his invisible qualities- both his eternal power and his divine nature- have been clearly seen, because they can be understood from what he has made. Therefore we have no excuse; 21 because, although they know who God is, they do not glorify him as God or thank him. On the contrary, they have become futile in their thinking; and their undiscerning hearts have become darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! 23 in fact, they have exchanged glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals or reptiles!
Devarim 4; 11 So you approached and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain was burning with fire up to the heart of heaven, darkness, cloud and thick cloud. 12 HASHEM spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you were hearing the sound of words, but you were not seeing a likeness, only a sound. 13 He told you of His covenant that He commanded you to observe, the Ten Declarations, and He inscribed them in two stone Tablets. 14 HASHEM commanded me at that time to teach you decrees and ordinances, that you shall perform them in the Land to which you cross, to possess it. 15 But you shall greatly beware for your souls, for you did not see any likeness on the day HASHEM spoke to you at Horeb, from the midst of the fire, 16 lest you act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image, a likeness of any shape; a form of a male or a female; 17 a form of any animal that is on the earth; a form of any fish that is in the water under the earth; 19 and lest you raise your eyes to the heaven and you see the sun, and the moon, and the stars- the entire legion of heaven- and you be drawn astray and bow to them and worship them, which HASHEM, your God has apportioned to all the peoples under the entire heaven! 20 But HASHEM has take you and withdrawn you from the iron crucible, from Egypt, to be a nation of heritage for Him, as this very day.
Isaiah 40;6 A voice says, ‘Proclaim!’ and [the prophet] asks, ‘What shall I proclaim?’-‘All flesh is like grass, and all its kindness like a blossom in the field. 7 Grass withers and blossom fades when the breath of HASHEM blows upon it; indeed the people is grass. 8 Grass withers and blossom fades, but the word of our God shall stand forever.’
12 Who measured the waters in His palm, gauged the Heavens with a span, measured in a huge vessel the dust of the earth, and weighed mountains with a scale and hills with a balance? 13 Who can appraise the spirit of HASHEM, His man of counsel who informs Him? 14 From whom did He seek counsel? [Who] gave Him insight? [Who] taught Him about the path of justice? [Who] taught Him wisdom? [Who] explained the way of knowledge to Him?
21 Do you not realize? Have you not heard? Has it not been told to you from the beginning? Have you not contemplated the foundations of the earth? 22 It is He Who sits on the circumference of the earth, with its inhabitants like grasshoppers; Who spreads the heavens like a thin curtain, and stretches them like a tent to dwell in; 23 Who turns governors into nothingness; Who makes judges of the land into naught- 24 as if they were not even planted, as if they were not even sown, as if their stock was not even rooted in the ground; even if He were to blow on them they would wither, and a storm wind would carry them away like stubble. 25 ‘To whom can you liken Me that I should be his equal?’ says the Holy One. 26 Raise your eyes on high and see Who created these [things]! He brings forth their legions by number; He calls to each of them by name; by the abundance of His power and by vigor of His strength, not one is missing!
–This Torah portion is about pleading, Moshe pleads with God but this imploring is also pointed directly to the hearts of his people, whom he has faithfully served for so long. He begs them to remember the Commandments, to believe in the word of the Lord and His covenant with them. Moshe charges them to teach these things to their children and take this divine armor that they will sorely need into the Land of Promise. You can feel the intensity and he seeks to impart to them the significance of the days in which they find themselves and the importance of establishing these lessons to be treasures to their sons.
Devarim 4;21 HASHEM became angry with me because of your deeds, and He swore that I would not cross the Jordan and not come to the good Land that HASHEM, your God, gives you as a heritage. 22 For I will die in this land; I am not crossing the Jordan- but you are crossing and you shall possess this good Land. 23 Beware for yourselves lest you forget the covenant of HASHEM, your God, that He has sealed with you, and you make for yourselves a carved image, a likeness of anything, as HASHEM ,your God, has commanded you. 24 For HASHEM, your God- He is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
Jeremiah 20;7 You persuaded me, HASHEM, and I was persuaded; You were more forceful than I and You prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long, and everyone ridicules me. 8 Whenever I speak [to them] , I shout; “Corruption! Robbery!” do I proclaim , for the word of HASHEM has become a source of shame and derision to me all day long. 9 Yet I would say, “I will not mention Him and not speak in His Name anymore”- [His word] would be like a burning fire in my heart, stored in my bones, and though I might struggle to contain it, I could not. 10 for I have heard the slander of many, the multitude gathered roundabout, [saying,] “Tell it; let us tell about him!” All the men [that I thought were] at peace with me wait for me to become hobbled; [they say,] “Perhaps he can be enticed, so that we will be able to overcome him and take our revenge against him.” 11 But HASHEM is with me like a mighty hero, and therefore my pursuers stumble and cannot overcome [me]; they are exceedingly shamed for they did not succeed- with lasting disgrace that is not forgotten. 12 O HASHEM, Master of Legions, Who discerns the righteous one, for He sees the innermost thoughts and feelings, may I see Your vengeance against them, for I have revealed my grievance to You.
Isaiah 40;27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and declare, O Israel,- ‘My way is hidden from HASHEM, and my cause has passed by my God’? 28 Did you not know? Did you not hear? HASHEM is the eternal God, the Creator of the ends of the earth; He does not weary, He does not tire; there is no calculating His understanding. 29 He gives strength to the weary, and grants abundant might to the powerless. 30 Youths may weary and tire and young men may constantly falter, 31 but those whose hope is in HASHEM will have renewed strength; they will grow a wing, like eagles; they will run and not grow tired, they will walk and not grow weary.
-Achariyth (akh-ar-eeth)- the last or end, hence, the future; end (time) remnant; residue; reward.
Milchamah (mil-khaw-maw)- a battle; warfare; fighting; war.
Mowpheth (mo-faith)- a miracle; sign; wonder.
Owth (oth)- a signal, as a flag, beacon, monument, prodigy, evidence; mark; miracle; sign.
Maccah (massaw)- a testing, or men or of God; temptation, trial.
The following text is prophetic, Moshe speaks of the idolatry among the Children of Israel in the Land and the scattering among the nations. He reminds the people of all they have seen from Egypt to this day, the wonders and the miracles. These verses are also evidence that the people have been preserving the memory and teaching of all that has happened to their parents, for these did not paint their doorposts with the blood of the lamb…yet they know of it all, it is to be the same for us…as if we too personally walked through the walls of water at the sea of reeds and heard the voice of the Memra (word or wisdom- Yeshua) of the Lord at Mount Sinai and having made vow with Him, became part of the this covenant, which He repeatedly affirms He WILL NOT FORGET, committed to His commandments, to hear and obey.
We know that all that has been will be repeated so we can be sure that in the End of Days there will be war and that our King will display signs, miracles and wonders. It will be a time of testing and it is crucial that we continue to be in prayer for the strength we will need to endure and pass the trials ahead.
We have the assurance of the Master that we will be heard, but let us also hear His question for us…will our faith be evident when we are war torn, hungry, tired and in mourning?
[Luke 18;7 “Now won’t God grant justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Is he delaying long over them? 8 I tell you that he will judge in their favor and quickly! But when the Son of Man comes, will he find this trust in all the earth at all?” ]
Shakcach (shaw-kakh)- to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention; (cause to) forget.
Shachath (shaw-khath)- to decay; ruin; batter; cast off; corrupt; destroy; lose; mar; perish; waste.
Raphah (raw-faw)- to slacken; abate; consume; fail; forsake; weaken.
Devarim 4; 25 When you beget children and grandchildren and will have been long in the Land, you will grow corrupt and make a carved image, a likeness of anything, and you will do evil in the eyes of HASHEM, your God, to anger Him. 26 I appoint heaven and earth this day to bear witness against you that you will surely perish quickly from the Land to which you are crossing the Jordan to possess; you shall not have lengthy days upon it, for you will be destroyed. 27 HASHEM will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where HASHEM will lead you. 28 There you will serve gods, the handiwork of man, of wood and stone, which do not see and do not hear, and do not eat, and do not smell. 29 From there you will seek HASHEM, your God, and you will find Him, if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. 30 When you are in distress, and all these things have befallen you, at the end of days (achariyth), you will return unto HASHEM, your God, and hearken to His voice. 31 For HASHEM, your God, is a merciful God, He will not abandon (raphah) you nor destroy (shachath) you, and He will not forget (shakcach) the covenant of your forefathers that He swore to them.
I Chronicles 17;20 HASHEM, there is none like You and there is no god besides You, like all that we have heard with our ears. 21 And who is like Your people Israel, a unique nation on earth, whom God went forth to redeem unto Himself for a people- achieving for Yourself renown for great and marvelous wonders, driving out nations from before Your people, whom You had redeemed from Egypt. 22 You have made Your people Israel a people unto Yourself forever, and You, HASHEM, have been a God for them.
Devarim 4; 32 For inquire now regarding the early days that preceded you, from the day when God created man on the earth, and from one end of heaven to the other end of heaven: Has there ever been anything like this great thing or has anything like it been heard? 33 Has a people ever heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire as you have heard, and survived? 34 Or has any god ever miraculously come to take for himself a nation from amidst a nation, with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great and awesome deeds, such as everything that HASHEM, your God, did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 You have been shown in order to know that HASHEM, He is God! There is none beside Him!
–HASHEM has chosen Israel, not for might or number…for glory or honor but because He knew that they were the ones who would preserve His testimony. The people have lived up to this understanding God has for they to this day have fought and bled and LIVE to bear witness to all the mighty acts of the God of Israel. That we might have the bible we hold. They cannot be replaced, their position will not be usurped…their eyes will be opened and Yeshua will reveal to all men who He is, no one else can do this thing and though we are to proclaim it…just because as believers in him we know how essential this understanding is…it doesn’t mean we take the place of His beloved and Chosen people, Israel. We can not claim to love and support Israel in one breath, and then in the next place a plaque above our own bodies, churches and communities which labels ourselves as the “chosen” of God and heir to all the promises made to them. We ourselves should beware to use one breath claiming understanding of what it means to be grafted in to the tree of Israel and then another to assume we know who is and who is not “saved” by God.
What is essential is our own reconnection with the people of Israel, with the Jewish roots of our faith, and the Land of Israel. This reconnection is continuation of their bearing witness to the divine revelation at Sinai, witness to Yeshua whom the Torah has always pointed to…let us not break this chain but pull it together with the testimony of the righteous Torah of our Lord confirmed by our walk with Him.
I pray for the swift return of my savior Yeshua, that we continue to listen with obedience to his commandments while we await him, ever searching…until the day ALL is revealed and clarified by our coming King.
Isaiah 44;1 But hear now, Jacob, My servant, and Israel, whom I have chosen! 2 Thus said HASHEM Who made you and fashioned you from the womb, Who will help you: Fear not, My servant Jacob and Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. 3 Just as I pour out water upon the thirsty [land] and flowing water upon the dry ground, so shall I pour out My spirit upon your offspring and My blessing upon your progeny, 4 and they will flourish among the grass like willows by streams of water. 5 This one will say: ‘I am HASHEM’s,’ and the other will call [himself] by the name of Jacob; this one will sign his allegiance to HASHEM, and adopt the name of Israel. 6 Thus said HASHEM, King of Israel and its Redeemer, HASHEM, Master of Legions: I am the first and I am the last, and aside from Me there is no God. 7 Whoever will declare that he is like Me, let him proclaim it and set forth [all the events] since I emplaced the people of antiquity! And let them tell us coming events and what is to happen. 8 Be not afraid and be not terrified! Did I not make you hear of yore and tell you; and you are My witnesses; Is there a god aside from me? There is no rock I do not know!
Devarim 4;36 From heaven He caused you to hear His voice in order to teach you, and on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words from the midst of the fire, 37 because he loved your forefathers, and He chose his offspring after him, and took out from before you nations that are greater and mightier than you, to bring you, to give you their land as an inheritance, as this very day. 39 You shall know this day and take to your heart that HASHEM, He is God- in heaven above and on the earth below- there is none other. 40 You shall observe His decrees and His commandments that I command you this day, so that He will do good to you and to your children after you, and so that you will prolong your days on the Land that HASHEM, your God, gives you, for all the days.
–Why is it here that the Torah reminds us of the cities of refuge?
If we understand that we all need a place to come to where we can find peace and safety from the pursuit and attacks of the world, the placement of this section is astounding. Realizing that in Torah study we find our very own refuge, and noting that the Sabbath is the city of refuge for the week, this makes it all the more precious. For more about the cities of refuge see:
Devarim 4;41 Then Moses set aside three cities on the bank of the Jordan, toward the rising sun, 42 for a killer to flee there, who will have killed his fellow without knowledge, but who was not an enemy of his from yesterday- then he shall flee to one of these cities and live: 43 Bezer in the wilderness, in the land of the plain, of the Reubenite; Ramoth in the Gilead, of the Gadite; and Golan in the Bashan, of the Manassite.
44 This is the teaching that Moses placed before the Children of Israel. 45 These are the testimonies, the decrees, and the ordinances that Moses spoke to the Children of Israel, when they left Egypt, 46 on the bank of the Jordan, in the valley, opposite Beth-Peor, in the land of Sihon, king of the Amorite, who dwells in Heshbon, whom Moses and the Children of Israel smote when they went out of Egypt. 47 They possessed his land and the land of Og the king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorite, which are on the bank of the Jordan until the sea of the Arabah, under the waterfalls of the cliffs.
–Moshe gets the peoples attention, he entreats them to hear the words that he speaks but with the understanding that there will be attention and drive to learn about them and thus to LIVE them. God is reaffirming the covenant with this people, there certainly was a covenant made with the forefathers, and the fathers of this generation, the promise to those who have passed is not negated…Moshe encourages the people that this moment is a reminder that they are partners in this covenant sealed at Sinai, reaffirmed now upon entering the land. Eternal for their forefathers, for them, for us. The text of Devarim 5 is parallel to Exodus 20. This is what will set Israel (and all God’s people) apart, the Torah and adherence to its wise design. The commandment which prohibits idolatry comes first, the people are set apart from the pagan nations all around them, when they keep the Torah’s commands in this regard they become examples and inspiration for those who will desire to join themselves to this holiness. When the people stray from the Torah’s commands they assimilate and imitate the nations and their practices and fall from the protection of the Lord. The same is true for us. Outside the structure of Torah we will bend to and blend with the people still in their old nature, in the world and their manner (dress, speech, standards.)
Devarim 5;1 Moses called all of Israel and said to them: Hear, O Israel, the decrees and ordinances that I speak in your ears today; learn them, and be careful to perform them. 2 HASHEM, your God, sealed a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 Not with our forefathers did HASHEM seal this covenant, but with us- we who are here, all of us alive today. 4 Face to face did HASHEM speak with you on the mountain from amid the fire. 5 I was standing between HASHEM and you at that time, to relate the word of HASHEM to you- for you were afraid of the fire and you did not ascend the mountain- saying: 6 I am HASHEM, your God, Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. 7 You shall not recognize the gods of others in My Presence. 8 You shall not make for yourselves a carved image of any likeness of that which is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the water beneath the earth. 9 You shall not prostrate yourself to them nor worship them, for I am HASHEM, your God- a jealous God, Who visits the sin of fathers upon children to the third and fourth generations, for My enemies; 10 but Who shows kindness for thousands [of generations], to those who love Me and observe My commandments.
–The concept of the ‘evil tongue’ or Lashon Hara (slander, gossip, idle chatter, etc.) is often minimized in the congregation of believers. I have been shocked to hear from the lips of believers some speech that resembled my own language when in the depths of distortion. Bad words have no place among us this is for certain. Scripture guides us:
Ephesians 5;4 Also out of place are obscenity and stupid talk or coarse language; instead, you should be giving thanks.
Proverbs 10;31 The mouth of the righteous one speaks wisdom, but a duplicitous tongue will be cut off.
Matthew 12; 36 …I tell you this: on the Day of Judgment people will have to give an account for every careless word they have spoken; 37 for by your own words you will be acquitted, and by your own words you will be condemned.
It is not easy to break bad habits, but I assure you it is will well worth it to strive to cleanse your mouth of useless and negative words. The gauge that helps me to not only clean up my language but to trim out careless speech and lashon hara is to CONSTANTLY practice asking yourselves these question: Are these words/ is this comment/ is this type of language and tone/ are these topics of discussion BUILDING? Am I producing words that will shape growth?
The topic of taking the Lord’s Name in vain is entirely different from the concept we just mentioned. Taking the Lord’s Name in vain speaks in the language of oath, vow, covenant.
Shav (shawv)- in the sense of desolating; idolatry; useless; false; lying; vain; vanity; uselessness.
The Name of the Lord is all over His Torah, it is the Name of our Savior Yeshua written on us as well, IF we have professed with our mouth that we will hear and obey…this is a vow. This is what we are not to take in vain, to pronounce as uselessness…but unfortunately this is the very command that many within bodies, churches and assemblies of believers has done: Pronounced that the very scripture (which declares God is the Sovereign Creator of all things, that He made covenant with Israel forever, that His Torah is justice, righteousness and truth for all generations and all peoples, that points directly to the Messiah Yeshua….) is not of use to us any more…and thus the fervent study of, immersion in, and practice in keeping….is vain.
It is no coincidence that in direct connection in this text we review the next commandment about the very thing which Sanctifies God’s Name upon His people, which is the eternal sign between God and His children, which declares that He did create for six days and on the seventh He rested, affirming He is Divine and Almighty, Witness to His great love and mercy as He daily restores creation…one of the most highlighted and repeated subjects in the Torah (dear to the Lord) is His Sabbath.
Those who safeguard the Sabbath as commanded, those who treasure it and declare its delight…do not find vanity or uselessness in this eternal command. They preserve the sanctity of the Name of the King and bear witness to creation and honor the Creator. Herein is the Light of the World, the joy of the True Vine and the Bread which is Life!
The woman is central to the Sabbath. Without her there is not preparation of the home, the planning for the meal, the spirit of anticipation poured out into her children and spouse…in the heart of Sabbath there is no better example of God conscious separation, preparation and sanctification for the woman. The text affirms this idea as it states, “make” the Sabbath day.
We have been charged again and again already to teach these things to our children, those of us who are women should realize that we are in the prime position to do this thing the Lord has asked of us, as we take up this charge understanding how very much God has put into our hands, what trust, love and esteem he has given us. Any efforts you make to hear and obey Him and to teach your children the same will never be in vain. (They will not struggle in vain nor produce for futility; for they are the offspring of the blessed ones of HASHEM, and their descendants will be with them. Isaiah 65; 23)
For whom is the Sabbath a gift? Whom is to observe and remember the freedom of resting in Yeshua, Lord of the Sabbath? The man and woman, slave and maidservant, even the livestock!
Devarim 5;11 You shall not take the Name of HASHEM, your God, in vain, for HASHEM will not absolve anyone who takes His Name in vain. 12 Safeguard the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as HASHEM, your God, has commanded you. 13 Six days shall you labor and accomplish all your work; 14 but the seventh day is Sabbath to HASHEM, your God; you shall not do any work- you, your son, your daughter, your slave, your maidservant, your ox, your donkey, and your every animal, and your convert within your gates, in order that your slave and your maidservant may rest like you. 15 And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and HASHEM, your God, has taken you out from there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm; therefore HASHEM, your God, has commanded you to make the Sabbath day.
Acts 6;13 There they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never stops speaking against this holy place and against the Torah; 14 for we have heard him sat that Yeshua from Natzeret will destroy this place and will change the customs Moshe handed down to us. ….
7;44 “Our fathers had the Tent of Witness in the wilderness. It had been made just as God, who spoke to Moshe, had ordered it made, according to the pattern Moshe had seen. 45 Later on, our fathers who had received it brought in with Y’hoshua when they took the Land away from the nations that God drove out before them….
51″Stiffnecked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You continually oppose the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)! You do same things your fathers did! 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who told in advance about the coming to the Tzaddik, and now you have become his betrayers and murderers!- 53you!- who receive the Torah as having been delivered by angels- but do not keep it!”
–One of the most touching and heart wrenching series of scriptures we find in Acts 6-7. Stephen, (Acts 6;8…full of grace and power, performed great miracles and signs among the people. …15…his face looked like the face of an angel.) servant of HASHEM, was a ready and willing witness, he was accused falsely of speaking against the Torah and the Holy Temple and what does he do? He gives a Devarim-like review of the Torah. Starting with Avraham through Moshe into the Prophets he sports his armor and wields the words of the Torah exhibiting that the Torah is divine, delivered by angels and chastises his own accusers for not keeping it! Like the men in the Jeremiah text below they stop their ears and harden the stone around their hearts, not desiring the Word of the Lord, not hearkening to the sound of the Shofar, not remembering the heat of the fire on their faces at Mount Sinai…forgetting the commands and the Lord Yeshua. For in his giving of the Torah recollection Stephen testifies to us: who is the fire from the bush who charged Moshe to take on his mission and fulfill his destiny to lead his people to the Torah and the Promised Land, who is the fire leading the people through the desert and fighting for them all the days of their journeying, who is the one who gave the Torah at Sinai to pass on to our children as of this very day, it is the expressed image of the invisible God we serve, His word or wisdom, His Memra, Yeshua Ha Mashiac.
(Acts 7;30 After forty more years, an angel appeared to him in the desert near Mount Sinai in the flames of a burning thorn bush. 31 When Moshe saw this, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to get a better look, there came the voice of ADONAI….35 This Moshe, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge?’ is the very one whom God sent as both ruler and ransomer by means of the angel that appeared to him in the thorn bush. 36 This man led them out, performing miracles and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea in the wilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moshe who said to the people of Israel, ‘God will raise up a prophet like me from among your brothers’ 38 This is the man who as in the assembly in the wilderness, accompanied by the angel that had spoken to him at Mount Sinai and by our fathers, the man who was given living words to pass on to us.”)
Stephen, without fear of persecution or death, tells the men he stood before…Yeshua is the one, He is the Torah, He is its designer and presenter. The prophet like Moses whom they are rejecting, and it is His Torah that they fail to keep. The Torah ideals and lessons are the words of the Master, the Torah commands are YESHUA’s commands. He did not come to do away with any of the living word, his own flesh, his own heart…Lord may the stone fall from all of our hearts, may you cut it away with your sharp sword. May you give your servants the strength of Stephen to testify to the truth no matter the outcome.
Jeremiah 6;10 To whom shall I speak to warn, that they will take heed? Behold, their ear is blocked and they are unable to listen! Behold, the word of HASHEM has become an object of ridicule to them; they have no desire for it. …
16 Thus said HASHEM: Stand on the roads and see; ask about the various paths of history, which path is the best, and walk and find solace for your soul. But they said, ‘We will not walk.’ 17 I appointed watchmen over you [who warned], ‘Hearken to the sound of the shofar!’ But they said, ‘We will not hearken.’ …
27 I have made you a fortress among My people, a stronghold; you shall observe and test their ways. 28 They are all the ultimate rebels, gossipmongers, [brazen as] copper and iron; they are all destroyers. …
7;2 Stand in the gateway of the Temple of HASHEM and proclaim this message there. Say: Hear the word of HASHEM, all [people of] Judah who come through these gates to prostrate themselves before HASHEM. 3 Thus said HASHEM, Master of Legions, God of Israel: Improve your ways and your deeds and I will cause you to dwell in this place. 4 Do not trust the false statements that say, ‘The Sanctuary of HASHEM, the Sanctuary of HASHEM, the Sanctuary of HASHEM are they!’ 5 Only if you truly improve your ways and your deeds; if you truly do justice between man and his fellow; 6 do not oppress the stranger, orphan and widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place; and do not go after the gods of others, to your own harm- 7 then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your forefathers, forever and ever. 8 Behold, you trust the false statements that are of no use. 9 Can one steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely and burn incense to the Baal and go after the gods of others that you never knew, 10 and then come and stand before Me in this Temple, upon which My Name is proclaimed, and say, ‘We are saved!’- in order to [continue] committing all these abominations?
Devarim 5; 16 Honor your father and your mother, as HASHEM, your God, commanded you, so that your days will be lengthened and so that it will be good for you, upon the land that HASHEM, your God, gives you. 17 You shall not kill; and you shall not commit adultery; and you shall not steal; and you shall not bear vain witness against your fellow. 18 And you shall not covet your fellow’s wife, you shall not desire your fellow’s house, his field, his slave, his maidservant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that belongs to your fellow. 19 These words HASHEM spoke to your entire congregation on the mountain, from the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick cloud- a great voice never to be repeated- and He inscribed them on two stone Tablets and gave them to me.
Romans 7;7 Therefore, what are we to say? That the Torah is sinful? Heaven forbid! Rather, the function of the Torah was that without it, I would not have known what sin is. For example, I would not have become conscious of what greed is if the Torah had not said, “Thou shall not covet.”
Galations 5;22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 humility, self control. Nothing in the Torah stands against these things. 24 Moreover, those who belong to the Messiah Yeshua have put their old nature to death on the stake, along with its passions and desires. 25 Since it is through the Spirit that we have Life, let it also be through the Spirit that we order our lives day by day. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Ephesians 6;1 Children, what you should do in union with the Lord is obey your parents, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”- this is the first commandment that embodies a promise- 3″so that it may go well with you, and you may live long in the Land.”
Matthew 15;18 But what comes out of your mouth is actually coming from your heart, and that is what makes a person unclean. 19 For out of the heart comes forth wicked thoughts, murder, adultery and other kinds of sexual immorality, theft, lies, slanders…
—When I read the First Century Writings/Apostolic Scriptures/Brit Hadasha/ New Testament…I see the Torah. I see an audience that is vast and diverse. Some with primitive understanding and many with the wealth of the Scripture, that which had been handed down to them, the Torah-Prophets-and Writings. I realize now when I read these writings that many of these audiences were spoken to with the assumption and presumption of Torah understanding, at the very least that those who had a base in scripture would know the Torah and be striving to keep it. The teachers including the Master, would never have come to the platform with a “burden of Torah” mindset. Nor would they think that the people longed to be free of such a burden. When I read these things today I hear echo the Torah lessons that our teachers treasured, as they bear witness and repeat to their audiences…the same commands as given at Sinai, with a rich context and with the mission to help the people better understand the HEART of a Torah life. The TRUE meaning in the performance of the commands. The clarity and restoration of the essential core of the Torah commands, to draw you near to the Lord by loving each other, by becoming better people, by living our lives in the Divine structure that will allow us to heal each other and heal the world. They come with the armor of God, they come with the very thing the destroyer wishes to veil from your eyes and strip you of, because it consists completely of the Messiah who will defeat him and end his reign. They come with the volume of the book, with the flesh of the Word, Yeshua. (Psalm 40;8 Then I said, “Behold I have come!” with the Scroll of the Book that is written for me. 9 To fulfill Your will, my God, so I desire, and Your Torah is in my innards.)
John 14;15 If you love me, you will keep my commands; 16 and I will ask the Father, and he will give you another comforting Counselor like me, the Sprit of Truth, to be with you forever. 17 The world cannot receive him, because it neither sees nor knows him. You know him, because he is staying with you and will be united with you. 18 I will not leave you orphans- I am coming to you. 19 In just a little while, the world will no longer see me; but you will see me. Because I live, you too will live. 20 When that day comes, you will know that I am united with my Father, and you with me, and I with you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me, and the one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him…
15;9 Just as my Father has loved me, I too have loved you; so stay in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will stay in my love- just as I have kept my Father’s commands and stay in his love. 11 I have said this to you so that my joy may be in you, and your joy be complete.
Devarim 5;20 It happened when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness and the mountain was burning in fire, that you- all the heads of your tribes and your elders- approached me. 21 You said, “Behold! HASHEM, our God, has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire; this day we saw that HASHEM will speak to a person and he can live. 22 But now, what should we die when this great fire consumes us? If we continue to hear the voice of HASHEM, our God any longer, we will die! 23 For is there a human that has heard the voice of the Living God speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? 24 You should speak to us whatever HASHEM, our God, will speak to you- then we shall hear and we shall do.” 25 HASHEM heard the sound of your words when you spoke to me, and HASHEM said to me, “I heard the sound of the words of the people, that they have spoken to you; they did well in all that they spoke.
–Moshe realizes here that the people were not quite prepared to do the drawing near to the Lord that required them to feel the heat of His fire and withstand the thunder of His might. They accepted it, from a distance and asked that he be the mediator to cushion the conviction that being in this proximity to Ha Elyon (the Most High) would demand of them. This would be a complete renovation of their entire being, a total encompassing transformation of their every breath…a REAL life change. For this, some were not quite “there yet” and God accepted this as well, even with understanding and approval. For any of you who have been seeking and growing, uncovering the wonderful things in the Torah…stepping away from the idolatrous and pagan practices peoples and nations have adopted, refusing to mingle the holy Name and righteousness of the King with anything with roots in pagan false god/idol worship (ex. Easter -Ishthar and Christmas-birthday of Tammuz). If you have seen the fiery words of the Lord etched in stone and begun to value the biblical feasts of the Lord and His holy Sabbath…if all these things are in your innermost parts and heart and you feel the same longing to share them with your family and friends and everyone else! If they are like a river of living water overflowing from within you that you cannot contain…do not become discouraged if you are not received.
Hosea 10;12 ‘Sow for yourselves righteousness and you will reap according to kindness; till for yourselves a tilling and [set] a time to seek HASHEM until He comes and teaches you righteousness.
Jeremiah 4;3 Plow for yourselves a furrow, and do not sow upon thorn bushes. 4 Circumcise yourselves unto HASHEM- remove the barriers of your hearts-..
Even holding out your bible, pointing to the text, even armloads of evidence and page after page, link after link messaged and emailed and sent….will not make a difference if the heart is not ready, if the ears are not tempered, if the ground in which you sow is yet fallow and has not been plowed by the Lord in His perfect timing for each and every person, everyone is walking…we all walk at our own pace and it is the Lord Who will water and produce in each one of us. But keep tending to your efforts, don’t give up.
I pray you will have peace and understanding to know that just as at Sinai…some of us are just not quite there yet. In fact none of us will be completely there until the return of Yeshua our Messiah [Philippians 1;6 And I am sure of this: that the One who began a good work among you will keep it growing until it is completed on the Day of the Messiah Yeshua]. I encourage you to continue to share and minister and plant the good seed…by example, with steadfast and unwavering dedication, in clear and scripturally defined messages…as you continue forward, walking toward the flashes of lighting and booming thunder, the days ahead aflame with Light of the Lord.
Devarim 5;26 Who can assure that this heart should remain theirs, to fear Me and observe all My commandments all the days, so that it should be good for them, and for their children forever? 27 Go say to them, ‘Return to your tents.’ 28 But as for you, stand here with Me and I shall speak to you the entire commandment, and the decrees, and the ordinances that you shall teach them and they shall perform in the Land that I give them, to possess it.” 29 You shall be careful to act as HASHEM, your God, commanded you, you shall not stray to the right or left. 30 On the entire way that HASHEM, your God, commanded you shall you go, so that you shall live and it will be good for you, and you shall prolong your days in the Land that you shall possess.
–Tom(tome)- completeness; full; integrity; uprightness.
Let it not be for us that the answer to Gods ‘question’ be this: I heard, I tried, I acted, I tired. Let your heart be set on fire, tend to this fire each and every day…put fresh wood upon it and keep it burning…all your days. The Devarim text speaks of something lasting, steadfast and complete. To love the entire command of the Lord and to perform, act, do, go and teach it…that it may go well for YOU! We read in I Kings what the Lord asks, wholeheartedness! uprightness! Commitment to the commandments perpetually, continually.
I Kings 9;3 HASHEM said to him [Solomon], “I have heard your prayer and supplication that you supplicated (Chanan) before Me. I have sanctified this Temple that you have built, to place My Name there forever, and My eyes and My heart shall be there all the days. 4 And as for you- if you walk before me as your father David walked, with wholeheartedness and with uprightness, to do in accordance with all that I have commanded you, and you will observe My decrees and My statutes; 5 then I shall uphold the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I spoke about to your father David, saying, ‘No man of yours will be cut off from upon the throne of Israel.’ 6 But if you and your children turn away from Me and will not observe My commandments, My decrees that I have placed before you, and you go and worship gods of others and prostrate yourselves to them, 7 then I shall cut off Israel from upon the face of the land that I gave them, and the Temple that I sanctified for My Name I shall dismiss from My presence, and Israel shall become a parable and a conversation piece among all the nations. 8 And this Temple, which will be so exalted- all who pass by it will be appalled and will whistle, and they will say, ‘Why did HASHEM do such a thing to this land and to this Temple?’ 9 And they will say, ‘Because they forsook HASHEM, their God, Who brought their forefathers out of the land of Egypt, and they grasped the gods of others, and prostrated themselves to them and worshipped them; therefore HASHEM brought all this evil upon them.’ ”
Devarim 6;1 This is the commandment, and the decrees, and the ordinances that HASHEM, your God, commanded to teach you, to perform in the Land to which you are crossing, to possess it, 2 so that you will fear HASHEM, your God, to observe all His decrees and commandments that I command you- you, your child, and your grandchild- all the days of your life, so that your days will be lengthened. 3 You shall hearken, O Israel, and beware to perform, so that it will be good for you, and so that you will increase very much, as HASHEM, the God of your forefathers, spoke for you- a land flowing with milk and honey.
–M’od (meh-ode)-vehemently; wholly; speedily; diligently; greatly; mightily; louder and louder.
Lebab (laybawb)- the heart; courage; understanding.
Matthew 22;36 “Rabbi, which of the mitzvot in the Torah is the most important?” 37 He told him, “You are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’ 38 This is the greatest and most important mitzvah.”
Matthew 22;36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment.”
The text we come to now is essential in the life of observant Jews and biblical believers. The text Yeshua quoted when he was asked what is the greatest commandment, the text of the Shema. The shema is prayed each morning and evening as part of the set time prayers (Moed-appointed as in time, place or season).
These are the times of the daily offerings, it is amazing too that all three times are mentioned in association with Yeshua’s crucifixion. (Mark 15;25 it was nine in the morning when they nailed him to the stake..33 At noon, darkness covered the whole Land until three o’clock in the afternoon. 34 At three he uttered a loud cry…) The set times are near 9 am 12 noon and 3pm. In Acts 3;1 Peter (Kefa) and John were going to the Temple at the ‘time of prayer’ for the Maariv- evening set time prayers.
The idea is that the gates of heaven are open at these times, and if you can get as close to them as possible with an open and focused heart in prayer they are sanctified just like an offering and lifted before the throne.
The Shema is more than just a declaration and words. The Shema is a vow, the expression from the soul that the Lord exists, that He is the One and only God and that we daily make a commitment to serve Him with everything that we have. Further, we promise to keep the Torah on our heart and live out the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31;30 Behold, days are coming-the word of HASHEM- when I will seal a new covenant that I sealed with their forefathers on the day that I took hold of their hand to take them out of the land of Egypt…32 For-the word of HASHEM- I will place My Torah within them and I will write it onto their heart…) and teach our children to do the same for all our days and their days. Taking the Good News with us wherever we go, when we wake up and all throughout our day until we lie down to sleep at night.
The text of verse 8 speaks that we remember the commandments and take them into all our handiwork, with the strength of our arms, all that we are capable of doing…that we do it in order to honor God and give Him glory. The ornaments between our eyes is the idea that we keep our eyes, thoughts, mind…focused on the Lord and that we ensure what we are absorbing be proper and good. The mitzvah of putting on Tefillin is in connection with the Shema…(Small boxes containing the Torah texts of the Shema are bound to the left arm,[when the arm is braced across the body the affixed box touches the chest over the heart] and head by leather straps and the ancient prayers consisting of scripture are recited.)… was given to the people before mount Sinai and reiterated here. (Exodus 13;16 And it shall be a sign upon your arm, and an ornament between your eyes, for with a strong hand HASHEM removed us from Egypt.) So too is the mitzvah of the Mezuzah (a small chamber affixed to the doorposts of the home which contains the text of the Shema on a small scroll. They are looked at and often touched or kissed when entering and leaving the home. Physical signs and reminders of the Spiritual gifts, right from the eternal Word. Why do we do these things? Is it really necessary? Did God really mean for us to physically act out from the abundance of love for the mitzvot we have in our hearts…these commandments near the very text Yeshua labeled as FOREMOST? It is these things that are the very evidence, when performed with dedication to the heart of the command…in the power of the Spirit which functions united with the word, that complete and fulfill and uphold and safeguard the commands as the Lord asked us…with all our heart, soul, and resources. A sign and a vow, that He is God and we serve Him.
Devarim 6;4 Hear, O Israel: HASHEM is our God, HASHEM is the One and Only. 5 You shall love HASHEM, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your resources. 6 And these matters that I command you today shall be upon your heart. 7 You shall teach them thoroughly to your children and you shall speak of them while you sit in your home, while you walk on the way, when you retire and when you arise. 8 Bind them for a sign upon your arm and let them be ornaments between your eyes. 9 And write them on the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.
I Kings 8;33 “If Your people are defeated by an enemy, because they sinned against You, and then they return to You and praise Your Name, and pray and supplicate (Chanan) to You in this Temple, 34 may You hear from Heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and return them to the land that You gave their forefathers. 35 If the heavens are restrained and there be no rain, for they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and praise Your Name, and they repent from their sin so that You will respond to them, 36 may You hear from Heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and Your people Israel, when You teach them the proper path in which they should walk, and may You give rain upon Your land, which You gave to Your people as a heritage.”
Devarim 6;10 It shall be that when HASHEM, your God, brings you to the Land that HASHEM swore to your forefathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you- great and good cities that you did not build, 11 houses filled with every good thing that you did not fill, chiseled cisterns that you did not chisel, orchards and olive trees that you did not plant- and you shall eat and be satisfied- 12 beware for yourself lest you forget HASHEM Who took you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. 13 HASHEM, your God, shall you fear, Him shall you serve, and in His Name shall you swear. 14 You shall not follow after gods of others, of the gods of the peoples that are around you. 18 You shall do what is fair and good in the eyes of HASHEM, so that it will be good for you, and you shall come and possess the good Land that HASHEM swore to your forefathers, 19 to thrust away all your enemies from before you, as HASHEM spoke.
–We have been taken to a place where the Lord has put us, in all the things we have…we must give Him the glory. Let us not be deceived into thinking that it is by the strength of our own hands that we have acquired the bread we put on our tables or the roof’s over our heads. That strength and the means was provided by the Creator and He asks the people to remember this as they enter the Land. Again He reminds them not to fall into the ways of the peoples around them and not to adopt the manner of those who seek not the Honor of the Lord. He reminds the people to recall that they were delivered from slavery and asks them to consider the reasons for this redemption…to be a people to Him, clutching their destiny to enter the Land and bring His Torah to the Nations, conveying the Moral Design of the Divine to their generations for their longevity and livelihood in the Land of Israel.
Devarim 6;20 And if your child asks you tomorrow, saying, “What are the testimonies and the decrees and the ordinances that HASHEM, our God commanded you?” 21 You shall say to your child, “We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and HASHEM took us out of Egypt with a strong hand. 22 HASHEM placed signs and wonders, great and harmful, against Egypt, against Pharaoh and against his entire household, before our eyes. 23 And he took us out of there in order to bring us, to give us the Land that He swore to our forefathers. 24 HASHEM commanded us to perform all these decrees. to fear HASHEM, our God, for our good, all the days, to give us life, as this very day. 25 And it will be a merit for us if we are careful to perform this entire commandment before HASHEM, our God, as He commanded us.
Psalm 25; 2 My God, in You I have trusted, let me not be shamed; let not my enemies exult over me. 3 Also, let none who hope in You be shamed; let not my enemies exult over me. 3 Also, let none who hope in You be shamed; let those who betray without cause be shamed. 4 Make Your ways known to me, HASHEM; teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation, to You I have hoped all the day. 6 Remember Your mercies, HASHEM, and Your kindnesses, for they are eternal. 7 Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellion; may You remember for me [the deeds] worthy of Your kindness, because of Your goodness, HASHEM. 8 Good and upright is HASHEM, therefore He guides sinners on the way. 9 He leads the humble with justice, and teaches His way to the humble. 10 All the ways of HASHEM are kindness and truth, to those who guard His covenant and testimonies. 11 For Your Name’s sake, HASHEM, pardon my guilt for it is great. 12 Whosoever is the man who fears HASHEM, He will teach him the way that he should choose. 13 His soul will repose in goodness, and his offspring will inherit the land. 14 The secret of HASHEM is to those who fear Him, and His covenant to inform them. 15 My eyes are constantly toward HASHEM, for He will remove from my feet the snare.
Devarim 7;1 When HASHEM, your God, will bring you to the Land to which you come to possess it, and He will thrust away many nations from before you- the Hittite, the Girgashite, the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivvite, and the Jebusite- seven nations greater and mightier then you, 2 and HASHEM, your God, will deliver them before you, and you will smite them- you shall utterly destroy them; you shall not seal a covenant with them nor shall you show them favor. 3 You shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughter to his son, and you shall not take his daughter for your son, 4 for he will cause your child to turn away from Me and they will worship the gods of others; then HASHEM’s wrath will burn against you, and He will destroy you quickly. 5 Rather, so shall you do to them: Their altars shall you break apart; their pillars shall you smash; their sacred trees shall you cut down; and their carved images shall you burn in fire.
–Such a beautiful section ends this second round of our Torah review being administered by Moshe. The heart of the matter. God treasures His people, all of them. He chose Israel because of His desire for them, to make the meek mighty and make faithful the wayward. From slavery and death the master led them to His mountain and granted them heavenly ordinances and divine designs, that they might have life as He designed before the foundations of the earth were lain! He asks that we fear Him, in fearing to ‘hurt’ or disappoint Him we show our trust and faith in His word as being righteous through our obedience. This is true love. It takes strength and courage, its takes understanding and the willingness to work for connection. For a eternity these words are sound, and their voice should be in our ears as if we were firsthand receiving them from above. The master holds out His eternal words to us TODAY and asks that we love them, and perform them.
Devarim 7;6 For you are a holy people to HASHEM, your God; HASHEM, your God, has chosen you to be for Him a treasured people above all the peoples that are on the face of the earth. 7 Not because you are more numerous than all the peoples did HASHEM desire you and choose you, for you are the fewest of all the peoples. 8 Rather because of HASHEM’s love for you and because He observes the oath that He swore to your forefathers did He take you out with a strong hand and redeem you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. 9 You must know that HASHEM, your God- He is God, the faithful God, Who safeguards the covenant of kindness for those who love Him and for those who observe His commandments, for a thousand generations. 10 And He repays His enemies in his lifetime, to make him perish; He shall not delay for His enemy- in his lifetime He shall repay him. 11 You shall observe the commandment, and the decrees and the ordinances that I command you today, to perform them.
Barukh attah ADONAI Eloheinu Melech Ha’olam
Blessed are you LORD our God King of the Universe,
You alone have planted among us life eternal.
Blessed are You Lord our God, Gracious Giver of the Torah.
–Lord, thank You for making a place for me, for creating time and space, for putting the heart in my chest and with willingness to serve You, the drive to know You. Never will I ask for anything more, than to be given the means to honor You, glorify You, and magnify Your Name. What more can Your servant do, What will you speak to my heart? I am listening. Carve away the stone from my heart, melt the blockages from my eardrums with Your truth, pull me closer by the arms of Your Spirit. Fill my being and my whole purpose with only that which will serve You and help those You love. Please use me to help those You love. Yeshua, my molder, thank you for waiting on me, thank you for putting me here…only when you return will I be shaped to properly fit your design, I pray in the waiting…you teach me from before yourself.
It is in your name I ask for strength and hope and light and that we hear with obedience and teach with understanding all the things you will tell us, show us….Amein.
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All this time I have been searching for ways to serve my King more, because I am so very thankful for the incredible work of restoration He has done in my life and in the world around me. As He calls His people to return to His eternal Torah and to find His Son, our Savior and Master in it….and to learn to live it out I realize that this blog is not enough. If there is anything here that you have found of value, anything that has bothered you or that you do not understand of agree with, if there has been a change of thought or heart….I have set up a new email account so that I can make myself available to field any and all concerns, or questions you might have. What tools are there out there for you? How do I keep the Torah? How do I keep the Sabbath? How do I honor my King in the way He has designed? I am far from an expert and learn every single day but with the hand of the Lord and the amazing things He has made available to me, I will do my very best to provide any of you what you are looking for. In addition to pray with you, for you and I think of it this way, questions and thoughts lead to more investigation and study and mediation in the word, that is the means for true Spiritual growth…lets learn together, asking and searching. I don’t want to just type out scripture for hours, (though it is my absolute pleasure to do so) and not be willing to participate in the message I feel that the Lord wants His people to hear and be molded by. Keeping in mind that my number one job is fostering a Spirit of service to the King within my own household, I will accept all the grace you can give me in response time, but I pray you will have already witnessed my desire to be faithful and perseverant, I will strive to do the same for all of you. Here is the contact address: