Job 36;2 Wait for me a bit and I will tell you; for there are more words on God’s behalf. 3 I will raise my knowledge from afar, I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. 4 For in truth, my words are not false; [God] is perfect in His knowledge of you. 5 Behold, God is mighty and does not despise; and He is mighty in the strength of his heart. 6 He will not keep the wicked alive; He will grant justice to the poor. 7 He will not remove His eyes from a righteous man until he is in the throne with kings; He will seat them [there] forever and they will become exalted. 8 And if they are shackled with fetters, trapped in ropes of affliction, 9 He [thus] informs them of their [errant] deeds and their transgressions, for they have become overpowering. 10 He opened their ears to discipline, and said that they should turn back from wrongdoing. 11 If they will listen and serve [Him], then they will finish their days in goodness and their years in pleasantness.
–Torah Sedra (Parashah, Portion) Shoftim- Judges is God’s teaching for how the people are to set up their ‘government’ and ‘monarchy’ when in the Land. The repetition of the word Tsedeq (tseh-dek)- the right (natural, moral or legal); equity; prosperity; justice; righteousness….teaches us that we are to pursue (Radaph – to run after; chase; follow) and chase after righteousness. In this pursuit we are to act justly as well. In our portion the King lays out for us His structure for effectuating justice and righteousness in the Holy Land of Israel.
God sets out His design for…1) Rules of worship 2) Appointment of Kings 3) Cities of Refuge 4) Witnesses and Testimony and 5) Rules of Warfare.
God calls the people to assign judges to all their cities, Shaphat (shaw-fat)- to judge; pronounce sentence; vindicate or punish; govern; litigate; contend; plead; reason; rule; defend.
We are called to appoint figurative judges ‘whom’ govern with righteousness, ‘who’ will employ the good guide and teaching of the Torah…at all of our gates. Our eyes, our ears, our mouth. Defending for the sake of being a set apart people unto the Lord all we watch, listen to and say.
Devarim 16;18 Judges and officers shall you appoint in all your cities- which HASHEM, your God, gives you- for your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. 19 You shall not pervert judgment, you shall not respect someone’s presence, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe will blind the eyes of the wise and made just words crooked. 20 Righteousness (tsedeq), righteousness (tsedeq) shall you pursue. so that you will live and possess the Land that HASHEM, your God gives you. 21 You shall not plant for yourselves an idolatrous tree- any tree- near the Altar of HASHEM your God, that you shall make for yourself. 22 And you shall not erect for yourselves a pillar which HASHEM, your God hates.
Devarim 17;1 You shall not slaughter for HASHEM, your God, an ox or a lamb or kid in which there will be any blemish, any bad thing, because it is an abomination of HASHEM, your God. 2 If there will be found among you in one of your cities, which HASHEM, your God, gives you, a man or woman who commits what is evil in the eyes of HASHEM, your God, to violate His covenant, 3 and he will go and serve the gods of others and prostrate himself to them, or to the sun or to the moon or to any host of heaven, which I have not commanded, 4 and it will be told to you and you will hear; then toy shall investigate well, and behold! it is true, the testimony is correct- this abomination was done in Israel- 5 then you shall remove that man or woman who did this evil thing, to your cities- the man or the woman- and you shall pelt them with stones, so that they will die. 6 By the testimony of two witnesses or three witnesses shall the condemned person be put to death; he shall not be put to death by the testimony of a single witness. 7 The hand of the witnesses shall be upon him first to put him to death, and the hand of the entire people afterward, and you shall destroy evil from their midst.
–In the John text we can clearly see that not only was Yeshua familiar with Torah rule, regarding witnesses and the death penalty…but in the attempts of the P’rushim to trap him into somehow going against the Torah, it backfires as he reminds them of the words of the Torah we are reviewing…the accusers are the first to throw the stone, and any one of them who exacted the death penalty without the proper evidence, without the witnesses, thorough investigation and righteous testimony…they themselves would be subject to the same punishment doled out. Obviously none of these men were willing to be stoned, for they did not have any of these required ingredients. In telling the woman what he did, he reveals himself as the true judge who tests the heart and weighs all things justly, his mercy is her freedom…not to sin, but to be given the chance to change. This chance is one man will rarely give one another, but our King constantly bestows this grace upon us, thus we strive to work toward the righteousness His grace and mercy inspires.
John 8;2 At daybreak, he appeared again in the Temple Court, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The Torah-teachers and the P’rushim (Pharisee’s) brought in a woman who had been caught committing adultery and made her stand in the center of the group. 4 Then they said to him, “Rabbi, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. 5 Now in our Torah, Moshe commanded that such a woman be stoned to death. What do you say about it?” 6 They said this to trap him, so that they might have ground for bringing charges against him; but Yeshua bent down and began writing in the dust with his finger. 7 When they kept questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ” The one of you who is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Then he bent down and wrote in the dust again. 9 On hearing this, they began to leave, one by one, the older ones first, until he was left alone, with the woman still there. 10 Standing up, Yeshua said to her, “Where are they? Has no one condemned you? 11 She said, “No one, sir.” Yeshua said, “Neither do I condemn you. Now go, and don’t sin anymore.
Devarim 17;8 If a matter of judgment is hidden from you, between blood and blood, between verdict and verdict, between plague and plague, matters of dispute in your cities- you shall rise up and ascend to the place that HASHEM, your God, shall choose. 9 You shall come to the Kohanim, the Levites, and to the judge who will be in those days; you shall inquire and they will tell you the word of judgment. 10 You shall do according to the word that they will tell you, from that place that HASHEM will choose, and you shall be careful to do according to everything that they will teach you. 11 According to the teaching that they will teach you and according to the judgment that they will say to you, shall you do; you shall not deviate from the word that they will tell you, right or left. 12 And the man who will act with willfulness, not listening to the Kohen who stands there to serve HASHEM, your God, or to the judge, that man shall die, and you shall destroy evil from among Israel. 13 The entire nation shall listen and fear, and they shall not act willfully any more.
Devarim 17;14 When you come to the Land that HASHEM, your God, gives you, and possess it, and settle in it, and you will say, ” I will set a king over myself, like all the nations that are around me. “15 You shall surely set over yourself a king whom, HASHEM, your God shall choose; from among your brethren shall you set a king over yourself; you can not place over yourself a foreign man, who is not your brother. 16 Only he shall not have too many horses, for HASHEM has said to you, “You shall not return to the people of Egypt in order to increase horses, for HASHEM has said to you, “You shall no longer return on this road again.” 17 And he shall not have too many wives, so that his heart not turn astray; and he shall not greatly increase silver and gold for himself.
–Solomon did exactly what the Torah tells us not to do. As king he multiplies wives. It is very evident that in marriages if there is not a mutual desire to serve God (the same God, the only God) things will fall apart. Hearts will be turned and lives will crumble. As king Solomon multiplies horses. What is so wrong with horses? Horses and chariots are weaponry, a rule who is amassing horses and chariots is showing an aggressive foreign policy. Horses are wealth, this king in his stockpiling and boasting his wealth is not showing humility by any means and is flaunting in a way unsavory to the Lord. Most important, Horses and Chariots mean a tie, a connection to Egypt. Any trading or needs for the horses will have to come byway of Egyptian help. The Lord charges His people not to return to Egypt, even more so the king who will rule over them and lead them…by example, is not to rely on Egypt in any way. There are roads the Lord has taken us down, to remove us from slavery and sin…I testify that the person I was in my own personal Egypt will never return, because of the changes He has made in me in my own personal wilderness I will never return on that road to Egypt again. So may it be for all God’s children.
I Kings 11;1 King Solomon loved many foreign women, in addition to the daughter of Pharaoh- Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites- 2 from the nations of which HASHEM had said to the Children of Israel, “Do not come into [marriage] with them, and they shall not come into [marriage with] you; for they will surely sway your hearts after their gods.” Solomon clung to them for love. 3 He had seven hundred wives who were noblewomen and three hundred concubines, and his wives swayed his heart. 4 So it was that when Solomon grew old, his wives swayed his heart after gods of others, and his heart was not as perfect with HASHEM, his God as [had been] the heart of his father David. 5 Solomon went after the Ashteroth, the god of the Sidonians, and after Milcom, the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 And Solomon did what was sinful in the eyes of HASHEM, and did not wholeheartedly follow HASHEM as his father David had done. 7 Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, on the Mount [of Olives] facing Jerusalem; and for Molech the abomination of the children of Ammon; 8 and he did likewise for all his foreign wives, they burned incense and sacrificed to their gods. 9 So HASHEM became angry with Solomon, for his heart had strayed from HASHEM, the God of Israel, Who appeared to him twice, 10 and commanded him about this matter, not to go after the gods of others; but he did not heed that which HASHEM had commanded him.11 So HASHEM said to Solomon, “Since this has happened to you, and you have not kept My covenant and My decrees that I have commanded you, I shall surely tear away the kingship from you and give it to your servant. 12 In your days, however, I will not do it, because of your father David; from the hand of your son I will tear it away. 13 Only I shall not tear away the entire kingdom from him; one tribe shall I give your son, for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.
I Peter 2; 4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Yeshua the Messiah.
Revelation 1;5 Yeshua the Messiah, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and ruler of the earth’s kings. To him, the one who loves us, who has freed us from our sins at the cost of his blood, 6 who has caused us to be a kingdom, that is cohanim for God, his Father- to him be the glory and the rulership forever and ever. Amen.
Kathab (kaw-thab)- to grave; to write; inscribe; prescribe; subscribe; describe; record.
Mishneh (mish-neh)-a repetition; a copy; duplicate.
Shamar (shaw-mar)- to hedge about (as with thorns); to guard; to protect; to attend to; beward of; take heed; mark; observe; preserve; regard; reserve.
Hayah (haw-yaw)- to exist; to be or become; come to pass; beacon; altogether; accomplished; committed; follow; happen; have; last; pertain; require; use.
Im (eem)- equally with; accompanying; before; beside; for all; in; more than.
Yare (yaw-ray)- to fear; morally, to revere.
Lamad (law-mad)- to goad; to teach; learn; instruct.
Qara (kaw-raw)- to call out to; cry unto; invite; mention; preach; proclaim; pronounce; publish; read; say.
Asah (aw-saw)- to do or make; accomplish; advance; have the charge of; commit; fulfill; furnish; keep; labor; maintain; meet; observe; perform.
Devarim 17;18 It shall be that when he sits on the throne of the kingdom, he shall write (kathab) for himself two copies (mishneh) of this Torah in a book, from before the Kohanim, the Levites. 19 It shall be (haya) with him, and he shall read (qara) from it all the days of his life, so that he will learn (lamad) to fear HASHEM, his God, to observe (shamar) all the words of this Torah and these decrees, to perform (asah) them, 20 so that his heart not become haughty over his brethren and not turn from the commandment right or left, so that he will prolong his years over his kingdom, he and his sons amid Israel.
–We hear it said, “We are priests and kings to the Lord.” A people held to a high standard.
If you consider this to be true, what standard are you held to? Additionally, who is our High Priest (Kohen Gadol) serving at the right hand and the Coming King? What is the Lord’s charge for a King, the standard he is to adhere to for himself and teach to his subjects? A king is to record a repetition of the Torah. Two copies. One remains with him, beside him, before him…accompanying him. The Hebrew text is amazing! This Torah is to become more than him. The king is to protect and preserve the Torah, so that he might learn…to teach it! He is not just to review the Torah each day, he is to mention the Torah! Preach the Torah! Proclaim the Torah! Even cry unto the Torah! The Word made flesh! It is indeed to him we call out to! And it was he who came and spoke it in our ears, he who teaches us now…each time we read it asking….enlighten the eyes of my heart that I may see the things that speak of You! (Romans10;4 For the goal at which the Torah aims is the Messiah, who offers righteousness to everyone who trusts.)
If we do this and not stray to the right or to the left, God promises us as is promised to the king in our text, he will see life and length of days. When our King reigns it is He, His word…the Torah, which will go forth from Zion! And our King will teach it to His subjects proclaiming to us all His ways! Halleluyah!
Micah 4;1 It will be in the end of days that the mountain of the Temple of HASHEM will be firmly established as the most prominent of the mountains, and it will be exalted up above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. 2 Many nations will go and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the Mountain of HASHEM and to the Temple of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us of His ways and we will walk in His paths.’ For from Zion shall go forth the Torah, and the word of HASHEM from Jeruasalem. 3 He will judge between many peoples, and will settle the arguments of mighty nations from far away.
Revelation 5;6 The I saw standing there with the throne and the four living beings, in the circle of elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been slaughtered. he had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the sevenfold Spirit of God sent out into all the earth. 7 He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of the One sitting on the throne. 8 When he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down in front of the Lamb. Each one held a harp and gold bowls filled with pieces of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people; 9 and they sand a new song. “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals; because you were slaughtered; at the cost of blood you ransomed for God persons from every tribe, language, people and nation. 10 You made them into a kingdom for God to rule, cohanim to serve him; and they will rule over the earth.
Devarim 18;1 There shall not be for the Kohanim, the Levites- the entire tribe of Levi- a portion and an inheritance with Israel; the fire-offerings of HASHEM and His inheritance shall they eat. 2 He shall not have an inheritance among his brethren; HASHEM is his inheritance, as He spoke to him. 3 This shall be the due of the Kohanim from the people, from those who perform a slaughter, whether an ox or of the flock: he shall give the Kohen the foreleg, the jaw, and the maw. 4 The first of your grain, wine and oil, and the first shearing of your flock shall you give him. 5 For him has HASHEM first of the shearing of your flock shall you give him. 5 For him has HASHEM chosen from among all your tribes, to stand and minister in the Name of HASHEM, him and his sons, all the days.
-The Kohanim could not acquire the Land and wealth that comes with it, they were to devote themselves to the service of HASHEM- to the needs of the people in their worship; they were to teach the Torah ensuring that the people knew it and were equipped to live it out. The Torah is teaching us these principles: Like the Levites, those charged with the teaching responsibility within the communities of the King should be able to spend their energy on this duty, not on making a living and thus should be supported by the people so that these leaders can have the time for the study their role requires. The support of teachers should be before the eyes of the Lord, never as a means to pressure them to conform their teaching to the liking of supporters. (see http://www.torahresource.com/Parashpdfs/140CommentsTR.pdf for complete commentary on Deut. 18;1-20;9)
Devarim 18;6 When the Levite will come from one of your cities, from all Israel, where he sojourns, and he comes with all the desire of his soul to the place that HASHEM will choose, 7 then he shall minister in the Name of HASHEM, his God, like all of his brethren, the Levites who stand before HASHEM. 8 Portion for portion shall they eat, except for what was transacted by the forefathers.
Samuel 2;12 The sons of Eli were lawless men; they did not recognize HASHEM.
15 Even before they would burn the fat [upon the Altar] the Kohen’s attendant would come and say to the man who was bringing the offering, “Give some meat for roasting for the Kohen; he will not take the cooked meat from you, but only raw [meat].” 16 The man would say, “Let them first burn the fat [upon the altar] and then take for yourself whatever your soul desires.” But [the attendant] would say, “No; give it now, or else I will take it by force.” 17 The sin of the attendants was very great before HASHEM, for the men had disgraced HASHEM’s offering.
James 3;1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, since you know that we will be judged more severely. 2 For we all stumble in many ways; if someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who can bridle his whole body. 3 If we put a bit into a horse’s mouth to make it obey us, we control its whole body as well. 4 And think of a ship- although it is huge and is driven by strong winds, yet the pilot can steer it wherever he wants with just a small rudder. 5 So too the tongue is a tiny part of the body, yet it boasts great things. See how a little fire sets a whole forest ablaze!
–A good teacher should never compromise the truth for support. He should never tailor his message to promote a sense of comfort verses growth in the Lord.
Psalm 15;1 HASHEM, who may sojourn in Your Tent? Who may dwell on Your Holy Mountain? 2 One who walks in perfect (tamiym) innocence, and does what is right, and speaks the truth from his heart; 3 who has no slander on his tongue, who has done his fellow no evil, nor cast disgrace upon his close one; 4 in whose eyes a contemptible person is repulsive, but who honors those who fear HASHEM, who can swear to his detriment without detracting; 5 who lends not his money on interest; and takes not a bribe against the innocent. The doer of these shall not falter forever.
Matthew 5;45 Then you will become children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun shine on the good and bad people alike, and he sends rain to the righteous and the unrighteous alike. 46 What reward do you get if you love only those who love you? Why, even tax-collectors do that! 47 And if you are friendly only to your friends, are you doing anything out of the ordinary? Even the Goyim do that! 48 Therefore, be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Genesis 17;1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, HASHEM appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am El Shaddai; walk before Me and be perfect (tamiym). 2 I will set My covenant between Me and you, and I will increase you most exceedingly. 3 Abram threw himself upon his face, and God spoke with him saying,4″As for Me, this is My covenant with you: You shall be a father of a multitude of nations; 5 your name shall no longer be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations; 6 I will make you most exceedingly fruitful, and make nations of you; and kings shall descend after you. 7 I will ratify My covenant between Me and you and between your offspring after you, throughout your generations, as an everlasting covenant, to be a God to you and to your offspring after you; 8 and I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojourns- the whole of the land of Canaan- as an everlasting possession; and I shall be a God to them.
Devarim 18;9 When you come to the Land that HASHEM, your God, gives you, you shall not learn to act according to the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you one who causes his son or daughter to pass through the fire, one who practices divinations, an astrologer, one who reads omens, a sorcerer; 11 or an animal charmer, one who inquires of Ov or Yidoni, or one who consults the dead. 12 For anyone who does these is an abomination of HASHEM, and because of these abominations HASHEM, your God, banishes [the nations] from before you. 13 You shall be wholehearted (tamiym) with HASHEM, your God. 14 For these nations you are possessing- they hearken to astrologers and diviners; but as for you- not so has HASHEM, your God, given for you.
–“You shall be wholehearted with HASHEM, your God..” The Hebrew word found here is Tamiym (taw-meem)- entire (literally, figuratively or morally); integrity, truth; with out blemish; complete; full; sincere; sound; without spot; undefiled; upright; whole; perfect.
Psalm 15 outlines for us several ways we can walk perfectly before the Lord- To be a truthful person, void of the evil tongue, void slander of greed who won’t take a bribe these are Torah standards.
Yeshua asks that we be perfect before God, is what he is asking a small or simple task? How will we know how to do this? The Greek word Teleios (tel-i-os)- complete (in various applications of labor, growth, meant and moral character; of full age, man, perfect is used in the Matthew text. What was, is and will be God’s standard for mental, moral and spiritual growth? How did Adam, the original man know about ‘sin’ or missing the mark? How did Noach know clean from unclean when offering to the Lord? How are the people personally charged to live a life of the completeness God desires for them in the Land? How are we beckoned to build our homes and lives into set apart sanctuaries where our King is daily invited?
The Lord and His will is the same as it was from the beginning, Is now and will remain in perpetuity. He did not make it hard to reach or distant to any of us, our King gave us His will in the form of the Torah and the entire wealth of Scripture. Divine, unchanging, trustworthy guide and counsel. Yeshua walked with Adam in the garden, so too he beckons us to ask him to walk with us, leading us…every single day as we seek to be wholehearted and perfect before our Savior.
*Deuteronomy 30;11 For this commandment that I command you today- it is not hidden from you and it is not distant. 12 It is not in heaven, [for you] to say, “Who can ascend to the heaven for us and take it for us, so that we can listen to it and perform it?” 13 Nor is it across the sea, [for you] to say, “Who can cross to the other side of the sea for us and take it for us, so that we can listen to it and perform it?” 14 Rather, the matter is very near to you- in your mouth and in your heart to perform it.
*Matthew 11;28 “Come to me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
*Jeremiah 6;16 Thus said HASHEM: Stand on the roads and see; ask about the various paths of history, which path is best, and walk on it and find solace for your soul.
Abraham was called by God to walk before Him perfectly, guarding the Eternal Covenant and teaching it to his children that it be preserved for generations. It is the same charge all Covenant people are called to by our Savior, the giver of the Torah and the Torah made flesh….to keep His commands and walk in them wholeheartedly, perfectly, sincerely. Unlike the idolaters in the Devarim texts we are to rely on the revelation of the Lord in Scripture and this ALONE as we naturally seek to know “what is to come”.
Luke 9;34 As he spoke, a cloud came and enveloped them. They were frightened as they entered the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen. Listen to him!” 36 When the voice spoke, Yeshua was alone once more. They kept quiet- at that time they told no one anything of what they had seen.
Devarim 18;15 A prophet from your midst, from your brethren, like me, shall HASHEM, your God, establish for you- to him shall you hearken. 16 According to all that you asked of HASHEM, your God, in Horeb on the day of the congregation, saying, “I can no longer hear the voice of HASHEM, my God, and this great fire I can no longer see, so that I shall not die.” 17 Then HASHEM said to me: They have done well in what they have said. 18 I will establish a prophet for them from among their brethren, like you, and I will place My words in his mouth; He shall speak to them everything that I will command him. 19 And it shall be that the man who will not hearken to My words that he shall speak in My Name, I will exact from him. 20 But the prophet who willfully shall speak a word in My Name, that which I have not commanded him to speak, or who shall speak in the name of the gods of others- that prophet shall die. 21 When you say in your heart, “How can we know the word that HASHEM has not spoken?” 22 If the prophet will speak in the Name of HASHEM and that thing will not occur and not come about- that is the word that HASHEM has not spoken; with willfulness has the prophet spoken it, you should not fear him.
John 12;44 Yeshua declared publicly, “Those who put their trust in me are trusting not merely in me, but in the One who sent me. 45 Also those who see me see the One who sent me. 46 I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who trusts in me might not remain in the dark. 47 If anyone hears what I am saying and does not observe it, I don’t judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 Those who reject me and don’t accept what I say have a judge- the word which I have spoken will judge them on the Last Day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own initiative, but the Father who sent me has given me a command, namely, what to say and how to say it. 50 And I know that his command is eternal life. So what I say is simply what the Father has told me to say.
— Yeshua was not received by his brethren for many reasons. He certainly wasn’t seen as the prophet like unto Moses. Why? Moses was concerned and consumed with the observance, performance, cultivation and safeguarding of the Torah and all the commands of the Lord (there are more than 2, and more than 10). The early church fathers wanted to separate Yeshua from his identity as a Jew and ensure that there was no trace of a connection with the Jewish (Torah) observance and Jesus Christ. How did was this achieved? The same way which remains today: by declaring that Yeshua came and taught against the Torah, replacing it with new commands and a different testimony than that of the so called old- testament. Furthermore, with the continued institution of the anti-Semitic concoction that God replaced His people Israel and eternal covenant with them, with the Church. The Messiah the Jews awaited was one who would unify their people and free them from oppression…is it a wonder when they are asked to recognize a Messiah whom they are told did away with the texts which speak of their eternal place and all the things they hold dear…closer then their own blood which has been shed for centuries to preserve the Testimony and heart of the King which is the Torah, is it really a wonder that they can not confess this Jesus? He is just and He is righteous and on the day He arrives I am sure He will put all these things into His accounting…recently in deep prayer I asked, ‘why don’t they see him?’ The answer that comes is this: When their veil is lifted by Yeshua’s hand according to his timing and will, those of them who kept charge of the Torah and who diligently longed and walked in it with all their hearts…will not only know him, but know him on a level most of us can’t comprehend…for he was there before their eyes every single day of their lives in every Torah verse, even every Hebrew letter in some way speaks of Yeshua. This recognition and reunion will be life from the dead.
What greater wonder is there than resurrection?
Please review this INCREDIBLE link, there is a wonderful list of scripture which will uphold the incredible picture of Yeshua, the prophet like unto Moses:
Devarim 19;1 When HASHEM, your God, will cut down the nations whose Land HASHEM, your God, gives you, and you will possess them, and you will settle in their cities and their houses, 2 you shall separate three cities for yourselves in the midst of your Land, which HASHEM, your God, gives you to possess it. 3 Prepare the way for yourself, and divide into three parts the boundary of your Land that HASHEM, your God, causes you to inherit; and it shall be for any killer to flee there. 4 This is the matter of the killer who shall flee there and live: One who will strike his fellow without knowledge, and he did not hate him from yesterday of before yesterday; 5 or who will come with his fellow into the forest to hew trees, and his hand swings the axe to cut the tree, and the iron slips from the wood and finds his fellow and he dies, he shall flee to one of these cities and live, 6 lest the redeemer of the blood will chase after the killer, for his hear will be hot, and he will overtake him for the way was long, and he shall strike him mortally- and there is no judgment of death upon him, for he did not hate him from yesterday or before yesterday. 7 Therefore I command you, saying: You shall separate three cities for yourselves. 8 When HASHEM will broaden your boundary, as He swore to your forefathers, and He will give you the entire Land that He spoke to your forefathers to give, 9 when you observe this entire commandment to perform it- which I command you today- to love HASHEM, your God, and to walk in His ways all the years, then you shall add three more cities to these three. 10 Innocent (naqiy) blood shall not be shed in the midst of your Land that HASHEM, your God, gives as an inheritance, for then the blood will be upon you.
–Naqiy (naw-kee)- innocent; blameless; clean; clear; guiltless; exempted; free.
Once again the Lord makes clear the importance of setting up cities of refuge to which an inadvertent murderer could flee from the blood avenger. The Lord states that in doing this thing the people will immediately “prepare” a righteous “way” in the Land to which they come:
Kuwn (koon)- to be erect; to set up; to establish, fix, apply; appoint, render sure; confirm, faithfulness; frame; order; perfect; prepare; establish; be stable.
Derek (deh-rek)- a road; journey; manner; pathway; a course of life or mode of action.
By establishing these cities of refuge they set an example so much loftier than the examples of the nations around them, where life was regarded as disposable even as they pass these nations passed their own children through the fire to their doom. Israel is to confirm by providing these cities of refuge that their course of life is for life and the standard of Justice of their King and their Sovereign. Proving His nature in obeying these commands they confirm His Justice is beyond human understanding and He promises to broaden their borders, showing them a glimpse of the great potential He sees in them, despite the corruption which surrounds.
In the II Samuel text the widowed woman from Tekoa describes a situation where her sons were in the field and they fought and one was slain. The other members of her family arose to avenge the slain and she has come to the king to ask for protection over him that he might continue her husband’s name for the remaining son was her only heir.
II Samuel 14;4 The woman from Tekoa spoke to the king as she fell on her face to the ground and prostrated herself. She said, “Save [me], O king!” 5The king said to her, “What [problem] do you have?” She said, “In truth, I am a widowed woman, my husband has died. 6 Your maidservant had two sons. They quarreled in the field, and there was no rescuer between them. One struck the other and killed him. 7 Now behold! the entire family rose up against your maidservant and said, ‘Hand over the one who struck down his brother and we shall put him to death for the life of his brother whom he murdered; we shall also destroy [this] heir!’ They would thus extinguish my last remaining coal, not leaving for my husband a name and a remnant on the face of this earth!”8 The king said to the woman, “Go home, and I will issue a command concerning you.” 9 The woman of Tekoa said to the king, “The sin will be upon me and upon my father’s family, my lord the king; the king and his throne are innocent (naqiy)!” 10 The king replied, “Whoever speaks [ill] to you, bring him to me, and he will no longer harm you.” 11 She said, “May the king remember HASHEM, your God, [to protect me] from the many destructive blood-avengers, so that they not destroy my son!” And he said, “As HASHEM lives, not one hair of your sons head shall fall to the ground!”
–Refuge in these days is essential. The world is raging around us, death and destruction. Boundaries are moved and blurred, right seems wrong and wrong seems right. Our homes must be a place where our husbands and children feel safe, a place where they flee from the world and its death grip and find shelter and shalom. God gave us the Sabbath as a picture of this very thing, refuge from the week which whirls in haste and expectation…here in the Sabbath rest time slows, light is relished, and the peace in our hearts opens them wide to our King. In spite of the inevitable injury and death in the world, preserving innocent life in the midst of a fallen world must prevail. We too must be examples, always bearing the testimony that our King’s justice is something to be counted on and never feared. If we know nothing else let us depend on this alone…when it comes down to the Judgment of the Lord, we can trust that whatever He chooses will be righteous and that He will always ‘do the right thing’.
Psalm 10;1 Why, HASHEM, do you stand aloof, do You conceal Yourself in times of distress? 2 In the wicked one’ s haughtiness, he hunts down the poor, who are caught in the schemes they have contrived. 3 [Why do You stand aloof] when the wicked man glories in his personal desire, and the robber praises himself that he has blasphemed HASHEM? 4 The wicked men, in the pride of his countenance, [says]: “He will not avenge!” All his schemes are: “There is not Divine Judge.” 5 His ways are always successful, Your judgments are far removed from him; all his foes- he puffs at them! 6 He says in his heart: “I shall not falter, throughout generations I will be without diversity.” 7 His mouth is filled with [false] oaths, with deception and malice; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity. 8 He waits in ambush near open cities, in hidden places he murders the innocent (naqiy), his eyes spy on the helpless. 9 He lurks in hiding like a lion in his lair, he lurks to seize the poor; then he seizes the poor when he draws his net. 10 He lowers himself; he crouches; and the helpless fall prey to his mighty limbs. 11 He says in his heart: “God has forgotten, He has hidden His face, He will never see.” 12 Arise, O HASHEM! O God, raise Your hand, do not forget the humble! 13 Why does the wicked man blaspheme God? Because he says in his heart: “You will not avenge.” 14 But You do see! For You observe mischief and vexation, to dispense [punishment] is in Your power; the helpless rely upon You. The orphan- You were the helper. 15 Break the power of the wicked; and the bad one- You will search for his wickedness and find it not. 16 HASHEM is King forever and ever, when the nations have perished from His earth. 17 The desire of the humble You have heard, HASHEM; guide their heart; let Your ear be attentive: 18 to champion the orphan and the downtrodden, so that he shall no longer be terrified of an earthly mortal.
–Nacag (naw-sag)- to retreat; departing away; remove; turn away.
Gbuwl (gheb-ool)- a cord; a boundary; the territory enclosed; border; bound; coast; landmark; space; limit.
Chuwc (khoos)- to be compassionate ; to pity; to regard; to spare; to cover.
Ed (ayd)-a witness; testimony.
Chamac (Khaw-mawce)- cruelty; damage; false; unrighteous; violence; wrong; unjust gain.
Carah (saw-raw)- turn away; apostasy; crime; rebellion; revolt; wrong.
The text goes on with rules regarding a man who will intentionally kill with hatred. It may seem harsh for the Lord to say ‘your eye shall not pity’, when we review the Hebrew it makes more sense, for the word chuwc can also mean to cover. We are not to look away from injustice. The direct placement of the prohibition from moving boundaries (which were ordered by God to be set by Joshua and Elezar) to these intentional murders and not turning a blind eye to injustice teaches us we are most certainly not going to find a righteous justice outside of the boundaries of the Torah.
Devarim 19;11 But if there will be a man who hates his fellow, and ambushes him and rises up against him, and strikes him mortally and he dies, and he flees to one of these cities-12 then the elders of his city shall send and take him from there and place him in the hand of the redeemer of the blood, and he shall die. 13 Your eye shall not pity (chuwc) him; you shall remove innocent blood from Israel; and it shall be good for you. 14 You shall not move (nacag) a boundary (gbuwl) of your fellow, which the early ones marked out, in your inheritance that you shall inherit, in the Land that HASHEM, your God, gives you to possess it. 15 A single witness (ed) shall not stand up against any man for any iniquity or for any error, regarding any sin that he may commit; according to two witnesses (ed) or according to three witnesses (ed) shall a matter be confirmed. 16 If a false (chamac) witness (ed) stands against a man to speak spuriously (carah) against him, 17 then the two men [and those] who have the grievance shall stand before HASHEM, before the Kohanim and the judges who will be in those days. 18 The judges shall inquire thoroughly, and behold! the testimony was false testimony; he spoke up falsely against his fellow. 19 You shall do to him as he conspired to do to his fellow, and you shall destroy the evil from your midst. 20 And those who remain shall hearken and fear; and they shall not continue again to do such an evil thing in your midst. 21 Your eye shall not pity (chuwc); life (nephesh) for life (nephesh), eye (ayin) for eye (ayin), tooth (shen) for tooth (shen), hand (yad) for hand (yad), foot (regel) for foot (regel).
–Nephesh (neh-fesh)- vitality; breath; desire; life; pleasure; soul.
Ayin (ah-yin)- an eye; a fountain; affliction; outward appearance; favor; knowledge; presence; sight.
Shen (shane)- a tooth; specifically ivory; figuratively a cliff; crag; forefront.
Yad (yawd)- a hand; indicating power, direction; charge; dominion; means.
Regel (reh-gel)- a foot; a step; to be able to endure; possession; time.
This terminology is clearly defined as we read the meaning in the Hebrew. The Lord set up this ideal of eye for an eye not so that we will, having been injured by a person go and in turn exact this same injury…the point and meaning was for just payment. If a person was caused to loose a limb the person found responsible was to pay back all the damages: cost of treatment of the injury, wages lost, provision for the victim’s family if he had one, etc. Life for life- Nephesh meaning soul, also vitality. You cause a person’s vitality to be diminished you must pay the damages. Eye for an Eye- Ayin meaning outward appearance, also presence…you cause someone to fail to provide by missing work for example, damages must be paid.
We can tie in damages to the tooth- Shen..which is connected to the mouth, possibly slander which inflicts loss, a false witness which brought about the boycott of an innocent person’s livelihood…damages should be paid. The hand- yad speaks of the power or means of a person. Hand for hand, not literal.
What about the foot? What can we see about the person who disrupts the walk of another man?
Foot- regel- the ability to endure, possessions. This could be taking stealing from someone, or even purchasing something at a cost lower than the item’s value. It could be taking advantage of the generosity of a person even though they were in a time of need themselves. It could be placing stumbling blocks before someone who was walking toward the Lord and His eternal Torah. What does the Master say about this? The text right in line the very items of justice we are discussing in out Torah portion today.
What is the just punishment? The Lord did not come to do away with any of these standards, he fortifies them with ideals that will uphold these laws of justice making them have a deeper meaning to us in a personal way, furnishing our hearts in them. Yeshua exposes the origins of these sins charging us to expose them at their roots and not turn cover our eyes to them.
Matthew 5; 17 Do not think I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not 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. 10 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches another to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah- teachers and P’rushim (Pharisees), you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven! 21 You have heard that our fathers were told, ‘Do not murder,’ and that anyone who commits murder will be subject to judgment. 22But I tell you that anyone who nurses anger against his brother will be subject to judgment; that whoever calls his brother, ‘You good for nothing!’ will be brought before the Sanhedrin; that whoever says, ‘Fool!’ incurs the penalty of burning in the fire of Gei-Hinnom.
Devarim 201; When you go out to battle against your enemy, and you see horse and chariot- a people more numerous than you- you shall not fear them, for HASHEM, your God, is with you, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt. 2 It shall be that when you draw near to the war, the Kohen shall approach and speak to the people. 3 He shall say to them, “Hear O Israel, you are coming near the battle against your enemies; let your heart not be faint; do not be afraid, do not panic, and do not be broken before them. 4 For HASHEM, your God, is the One Who goes with you, to fight for you with your enemies to save you.
Isaiah 51;1 Listen to me, O pursuers of righteousness, O seekers of HASHEM: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and at the hollow of the pit from which you were dug; 2 look to Abraham your forefather and to Sarah who bore you, for when he was yet alone did I summon him and bless him and make him many. 2 For HASHEM will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her ruins; He will make her wilderness like Eden and her wasteland like a garden of HASHEM; joy and gladness will be found there, thanksgiving and the sound of music. 4 Pay attention to Me, give ear to Me, My nation; for instruction will come forth from Me and My judgment will be a light for peoples, to whom I will give rest. 5 My righteousness is near; My salvation has gone forth; My arms will chastise nations; the islands will put their hope in Me and will trust in My arm. 6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth below- for the heavens will dissipate like smoke, and the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants will die, as well; but My salvation will be forever and My righteousness will not be broken. 7 Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, the nation with My Torah in its heart: Do not fear from the disparagement of man, and do not be broken by their insults; 8 for like a garment, a moth will eat them, and like wool, a worm will eat them; but My righteousness will be forever, and My salvation for all generations.
–HEAR the words of our KING!! Do not be afraid or broken. You who know righteousness! You with the Torah in your heart! It is forever as is His salvation for all those who trust in Him! He will battle for us, He will go before us! Let men insult you for keeping the charge of your King, let them mock you and degrade you for loving His eternal truth. While you find life their disparagements will rot away. Chazak! Be Strong!
Devarim 20;5 Then the officers shall speak to the people, saying, “Who is the man who has built a new house and has not inaugurated it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the war and another man will inaugurate it. 6 And who is the man who has planted a vineyard and not redeemed it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the war and another man redeem it. 7 And who is the man who has betrothed a woman and not married her? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the war and another man will marry her.” 8 The officers shall continue speaking to the people and say, “Who is the man who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, and let him not melt the hearts of his fellows, like his heart.” 9 When officers have finished speaking with the people, the leaders of the legions shall take command at the head of the people.
–God gives Moshe His standards for ethical battle to present to the people. These Torah standard are at odds with many of the other cultures of their time but ours as well. In an age where so called ‘holy war’ and Jihad is active, where children are used as human shields and bomb bearers…the standard we see in American military as far as rules of engagement seem to be based upon these Torah standards rather than that of the violent extremists our current government leadership befriend and associate themselves with.
The Lord sets a clear line of distinction between the peoples which are distant that the Children of Israel might need to engage in future battle with, and the peoples of the Land of Israel. Their idolatrous ways have caused the effect of destruction and He will no longer have His Land defiled, nor will He allow for His people to be infiltrated by their practices.
Devarim 20;10 When you draw near to a city to wage war against it, you shall call out to it for peace. 11 It shall be that if it responds to you in peace and opens for you, then the entire people found within it shall be as tribute for you, and they shall serve you. 12 But if it does not make peace with you, but makes war with you, you shall besiege it. 13 HASHEM will deliver it into your hand, and you shall smite all its males by the blade of the sword. 14 Only the women, the small children, the animals, and everything that will be in the city- all its booty- may you plunder for yourselves; you shall eat the booty of your enemies, which HASHEM, your God gave you. 15 So shall you do to all the cities that are very distant from you, which are not from the cities of these nations. 16 But from the cities of these peoples that HASHEM, your God, gives you as an inheritance. you shall not allow any person to live. 17 Rather you shall utterly destroy them: the Hittite, the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivvite and the Jebusite, as HASHEM, your God, has commanded you, 18 so that they performed for their gods, so that you will not sin to HASHEM, your God.
Romans 1;16 For I am not ashamed of the Good News, since it is God’s powerful means of bringing salvation to everyone who keeps on trusting, to the Jew especially, but equally to the Gentile. 17 For in it is revealed how God makes people righteous in His sight; and from beginning to end it is through trust- as the Tanakh puts it, “But the person who is righteous will live his life by trust.” 18 What is revealed is God’s anger from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people who in their wickedness keep suppressing the truth; 19 because what is known about God is plain to them, since God has made it plain to them. 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, they have no excuse; 21 because, although they know who God is, they do not glorify him as a God or thank him as God or thank him. On the contrary, they have become futile in their thinking; and their undiscerning hearts have become darkened.
Devarim 21;19 When you besiege a city for many days to wage war against it to seize it, do not destroy its trees by swinging an axe against them, for from it you will eat, and you shall not cut it down; is the tree of the field a man that it should enter siege before you? 20 Only a tree that you know is not a food tree, it may you destroy and cut down, and build a bulwark against the city that makes war with you, until it is conquered.
–The tree is created by God and therefore was to be cared for even in the heat of war and battle. These verses show us the clear attachment of God’s purposes to the Land. He expects Israel to care for it for Him. Again the fact that he protects the trees He planted in the Land and calls for the extermination of the inhabitants of the Land shows His absolute intolerance for idolatry. The tree was created for mankind, for food. Mankind is created for God, to give Him glory…when this purpose and task is not being performed He releases them to their own evil designs which inevitably end in death. We are created to praise Him and honor Him, please don’t make Him an afterthought in your days. May His praise be the first breath and utterance which comes forth from us in the morning, may our dreams and notions be filled with the echoing of His word…may we consume it every day with a hunger which is ravenous. May the sweetness of notes in worship, a tender tear be the final offering of each and every evening before we rest realizing that is it He who chooses to rouse us each morning so that we may serve His purpose for us…predetermined for good, our choice to take hold of or ignore.
Ephesians 2;10 For we are of God’s making, created in union with the Messiah Yeshua for a life of good actions already prepared by God for us to do.
Revelation 4;11 “You are worthy, ADONAI Eloheinu, to have glory, honor and power, because you created all things- yes, because of your will they were created and came into being!”
Isaiah 43;7 everyone who is called by My Name and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have fashioned, even perfected’; 8 to liberate the people who are blind though they have eyes, and deaf though they have ears.
Psalm 102;13 But You alone, HASHEM, will be enthroned forever, and Your memory endures from generation to generation. 14 You will arise and show Zion mercy, for [there will come] the time to favor her, for the appointed time will have come. 15 For Your servants have cherished her stones, and favored her dust. 16 Then the nations will fear the Name of HASHEM, and all the kings of the earth Your glory. 17 For HASHEM will have built Zion, He will have appeared in His glory. 18 He will have turned to the prayer of each devastated one and not have despised their prayer. 19 Let this be recorded for the final generation, so that the newborn people will praise God. 20 For He gazed from His exalted Sanctuary; HASHEM looked down from heaven to earth, 21 to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to liberate those doomed to die, 22 to declare in Zion the Name of HASHEM, and His praise in Jerusalem, 23 when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to serve HASHEM.
Devarim 21;1 If a corpse will be found on the land that HASHEM, your God, gives you to possess it, fallen in the field, it was not known who smote him, 2 your elders and judges shall go out and measure toward the cities that are around the corpse. 3 It shall be that the city nearest the corpse, the elders of that city shall take a heifer, with which no work has been done, which has not pulled with a yoke. 4 The elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a harsh valley, which cannot be worked and cannot be sown, and they shall axe the back of its neck in the valley. 5 The Kohanim, the offspring of Levi, shall approach, for them has HASHEM, your God, chosen to minister to Him and to bless with the Name of HASHEM, and according to their word shall be every grievance and every plague. 6 All the elders of that city, who are closest to the corpse, shall wash their hands over the heifer that was axed in the valley. 7 They shall speak up and say, “Our hands have not spilled this blood, and our eyes did not see. 8 Atone for Your people Israel that You have redeemed, O HASHEM: Do not place innocent blood in the midst of Your people Israel!” Then the blood shall be atoned for them. 9 But you shall remove innocent blood from your midst when you do what is upright in the eyes of HASHEM.
Psalm 26;1 Judge me, HASHEM, for I- I have walked in my perfect innocence; and I have trusted in HASHEM, I shall not waver. 2 Examine me, HASHEM, and test me; scrutinize my intellect and my heart. 3 For Your kindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth. 4 I did not sit with dishonest people, nor did I associate with hypocrites. 5 I hated the gathering of evildoers, and I did not sit with the wicked. 6 I wash my hands in purity and circle around Your altar, HASHEM. 7 To proclaim thanksgiving in a loud voice and to recount all Your wondrous deeds. 8 HASHEM, I love the shelter of Your House and the place of Your glory’s residence. 9 Gather not my soul with sinners; nor my life with men of bloodshed, 10 in whose hands is conspiracy, and whose right hand is full of bribery. 11 As for me, I will walk in perfect innocence, redeem me and show me favor. 12 My foot is set on the straight path, in assemblies I will bless HASHEM.
–Lord we await Your justice, we know You require due process…we know You will grant full reparations for ever single drop of innocent blood spilt. From the children of the Holocaust to the unborn aborted souls never given a chance to be a part of Your world. We know You design for us to take responsibility and never cover our eyes to innocent blood.
Because of Yeshua’s offering the most costly of innocent blood, we are drawn to serve You in His Name with intensity and devotion, with all our heart, soul and resources.
We understand Your expectation that we assign justice and righteousness as guards over our gates, our thoughts and deeds and words. We are strong because You have promised to fight for us in the wars which are to come. We are not to melt another’s heart resolved to serve You as You prescribed or scoff at anyone who confirms the Testimonies found in Your Torah. We are Your witnesses! You Torah is in our heart! Yeshua is our truth and with Him before us we walk! Where your wondrous deeds are found, I proclaim them! Where your glory resides I declare it is Life and length of days!
Isaiah 43;9 Were all the nations gathered together and all the regimes assembled, who among them could have declared this and let us hear the early [prophesies]? Let them bring their witnesses and they will be vindicated; or else let them hear and say, ‘It is true.’ 10 You are My witnesses- the word of HASHEM- and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you will know and believe in Me, and understand that I am He; before Me nothing was created by a god nor will there be after Me!
Baruch 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,
In Yeshua’s Name I praise You, Amein.
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