Parashah Ki Teitzei Part I Divine Perspective; Wearing the Lord as Our Identity
Devarim 21;10 When you will go out to war against your enemies, and HASHEM, your God, will deliver him into your hand, and you will capture his captivity; 11 and you will see among its captivity a woman who is beautiful of form, and you will desire her, you may take her for yourself for a wife. 12 You shall bring her to the midst of your house; she shall shave her head and let her nails grow. 13 She shall remove the garment of her captivity from upon herself and sit in your house and she shall weep for her father and her mother for a full month; thereafter you may come to her and live with her, and she shall be a wife to you. 14 But it shall be that if you do not desire her, then you shall send her on her own, but you may not sell her for money; you shall not enslave her, because you have afflicted her.
–The Torah is not simply a history book, or collection of events. The Torah is not some Ancient outdated account of things that don’t apply to modern life. The Torah is the exemplification of God’s compassion and complete understanding of the nature of His Creation. It not only applies to our life today, but it is a dependable guide as to how we are to behave morally and become set apart for God, Who will fulfill for each and every one of us the answers we have about our own purpose and potential in this life we are graced with.
The Lord knows in times of war, while far from home there will be situations of lust in the flesh. Ancient nations would often dress their most beautiful women in finery and set them on the battle front in order to distract the men of the invading armies and entice them into prostitution. The example in our text is a man who lusts after a woman from a nation who has been conquered. In other cultures of the day open rape and other crimes were committed frequently. Not so for God’s army. The army where He ‘walked’ with them in formation. There are some translations which say “thou shall take her…” but the Hebrew text denotes it is permitted. This is most definitely not a command (the text itself reveals why).
The man is to take the woman to his home, the steps of shaving her head, letting her nails grow (or in some thoughts to cut them, some cultures having long nails be a sign of beauty), to remove her captive garb (most likely scanty, and ornate), and she shall weep for an entire month. All of these steps are to allow the lust to cool, for the man to decide whether he is really attached to this woman or if it was just passion in the heat of a moment. It was her appearance which drew his lust and now we find understanding that there is much more to ‘love’ than an attraction to the exterior.
The proximity of this text to that which follows suggests that this man may have already had a wife, perhaps a family in place at the time of this decision. Whatever the case it is clear, the Lord requires self control from His nation and His people, He allows for us to evaluate our flesh…but only so far as we use discernment and have perspective which is Godly. This is a perspective entirely contrary to what comes quickly and ‘naturally’ to us as humans, it is a Divine Perspective we find all throughout this Torah Portion.
Genesis 16;3 So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid servant- after ten years of Abram’s dwelling in the land of Canaan- and gave her to Abram her husband, to him as a wife. 4 He consorted with Hagar and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was lowered in her esteem. 5 So Sarai said to Abram, “The outrage against me is due to you! It was I who gave my maidservant into your bosom, and when she saw that she had conceived, I became lowered in her esteem. Let HASHEM judge between me and you!”
Genesis 29;31 HASHEM saw that Leah was unloved, so he opened her womb; but Rachel remained barren. 32 Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, as she had declared, “Because HASHEM has discerned my humiliation, for now my husband will love me.”
30;1 Rachel saw that she had not borne children to Jacob, so Rachel became envious of her sister; she said to Jacob, “Give me children-otherwise I am dead.”
Devarim 21;15 If a man will have two wives, one beloved and one hated, and they bear him sons, the beloved one and the hated one, and the firstborn son is the hated one’s; 16 then it shall be that on the day that he causes his sons to inherit whatever will be his, he cannot give the right of the firstborn to the son of the beloved one ahead of the son of the hated one, the firstborn. 17 Rather, he must recognize the firstborn, the son of the hated one, to give him the double portion in all that is found with him; for he is his initial vigor, to him is the right of the firstborn.
–It is not coincidence that when first we read of the warrior brining the captive woman home to be his wife, suddenly we are confronted with the situation where there is a loved and a hated wife. This text is the next strand which weaves the purpose of these commandments together. Polygamy, a situation with multiple wives seems to time and time again end in strife and conflict. Abraham , Sarah and Hagar surely experienced this. Jacob, Rachel and Leah as well. The text commands that despite any favoritism a father may have over one sibling or the other, the firstborn son is to receive the double portion. Favoritism can be utterly heartbreaking. From a very young age children can be scarred by these sorts of behaviors, whether they see it in the marriage or within the relationships between parents and siblings. Even as adults we feel the bitterness and pain that comes with a parent showing bias toward one and neglect toward another.
Father Ya’acov’s favoritism for Yoseph was the spark of a rift between brothers which led to such bitterness it bred kidnapping, attempted murder, false testimony and eventually the enslavement of the Hebrews for hundreds of Years in Egypt. This being said, we know that all these things came about for the good, in the Hand of the Creator who binds, heals, builds and redeems…this rift in the household was the starting point of a series of events which led to the renewal of the eternal covenant God made with Abraham and his descendants through Isaac, the Children of Israel and assured their conquest of Canaan. This promise is evident still to this day as we see the Jewish people, thriving in the Land of Israel.
Zechariah 7;9 Thus spoke HASHEM, Master of Legions, saying: ‘Judge with truthful justice, and perform kindness and mercy toward one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow and the orphan, the stranger and the poor, and do not think in your hearts of wronging one another.’ 11 But they refused to heed, and they turned a rebellious shoulder, they made their ears hard of hearing. 12 They made their hearts like iron, rather than hear the teaching of the words that HASHEM, Master of Legions, had sent by His spirit through the earliest prophets, and there was a great rage from HASHEM, Master of Legions.
Jeremiah 5; 23 But this people has a wayward and rebellious heart; they have turned astray and left, 24 and they did not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear HASHEM our God, Who supplies rain- early rain and late rain- in its proper time, and Who preserves for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.’ 25 Your sins have overturned these, and your transgressions have kept goodness away from you. 26 For wicked men are found among My people, who lie in ambush like a trap snaps shut; they set a snare; they trap people. 27 Like a cage full of fowl, so their houses are full of deceit; thereby they have grown fat and corpulent, and also transgressed through wicked deeds; they did not rule justly-[even] the claim of the orphan- to enable them to prosper; and they did not judge the judgment of the poor. 29 Shall I not punish for [these] things?- the word of HASHEM. From a nation such as this shall My soul not exact vengeance?
-Hayah (haw-yaw)- to exist; be or become; altogether.
Carar (saw-rar)- to turn away; (morally) be refractory; backsliding; rebellious; revolter; stubborn; withdrew.
Marah (maw-raw)- to be bitter; to rebel or resist; to provoke; be disobedient; provocation; rebellious.
Ayin (ah-yin)-root meaning to be nothing or not to exist- a non entity; fail; be gone; never; none; nothing; naught; unsearchable; without.
Yacar (yaw-sar)- to chastise; to instruct; bind; chasten; correct; punish; reform; reprove; teach.
Zalal (zaw-lal)-to shake (as in the wind); to quake; to be loose morally; worthless or prodigal; blow down; glutton; riotous (eater); vile.
Caba (saw-baw)- to quaff to satiety; become tipsy; fill self; drunkard.
Ets (ates)- a tree; plank; staff; stalk; stick; gallows.
Devarim 21;18 If a man will have a (hayah) wayward (carar) and rebellious (marah)son, who does not (‘ayin) hearken to the voice of his father and the voice of his mother, and they discipline (yacar) him, but he does not hearken to them; 19 then his father and mother shall grasp him and take him out to the elders of the city and the gate of his place. 20 They shall say to the elders of his city, “This son of ours is wayward (carar) and rebellious (marah) ; he does not hearken to our voice; he is a glutton (zalal) and a drunkard. (caba)” 21 All the men of his city shall pelt him with stones and he shall die; and you shall remove the evil from your midst; and all Israel shall hear and they shall fear. 22 If a man shall have committed a sin whose judgment is death, he shall be put to death and you shall hang him on a gallows (ets) . 23 His body shall not remain for the night on the gallows (ets), rather you shall surely not contaminate your Land, which HASHEM, your God, gives you as an inheritance.
Proverbs 30;17 The eye that mocks a father and scorns a mother’s accumulated lore- the ravens of the stream will gouge it out and the young eagles will eat it!
–When theology likes to support the misnomer given to the God of the so-called “old testament” as being unfair and harsh, and separate Him somehow from Yeshua who came with love and grace in exchange for the ancient ways, there will be texts like ours mentioned. The texts of stoning, lashes, etc. The death penalty by stoning was avoided by many means, the trial was extensive and capital punishment rare. When it was enforced it was to be in a very public way to ensure that many were involved and directly affected by the consequence of a persons actions in order that they not fall into the same traps, that whatever led to what happened be avoided at all costs. This son is not a child, he is a man, capable of being responsible for his crimes. What he is accused of are crimes (according to the Lord’s Torah standards). He has turned away from the path of Torah, perhaps to idolatry (either spiritual or otherwise). He has bitterly rebelled against his parents and degraded them although they have pursued him to keep a close watch on his behavior and extending all kinds of disciplining, correction and teaching to him, he has not responded. He has shaken off the boundaries for modesty in all aspects including his personal habits. If one is willing to squander ones time eating and drinking to the point of a loss of control there are no reigns of guidance back to the light. Spiraling out of control we must consider this man may have committed extreme crimes, perhaps even murder or rape. The death penalty of this time is the charge for several sins: Adultery, murder, kidnapping,
striking (nakah- to strike literally or figuratively; beat; give wounds; kill; slaughter.) a parent or even cursing (qalal- to bring contempt; to despise; to revile.) a parent.
*Exodus 21; 12 One who strikes a man, so that he dies, shall surely be put to death.
15 One who strikes his father or mother shall surely be put to death. 16 One who kidnaps a man and sells him, and he was found to have been in his power, shall surely be put to death. 17 One who curses his father or mother shall surely be put to death.
* Leviticus 20;8 You shall sanctify yourselves and you will be holy, for I am HASHEM, your God. 9 For any man who will curse his father or his mother shall be put to death; his father or his mother has he cursed, his blood is upon himself. 10 A man who will commit adultery with a man’s wife, who will commit adultery with his fellow’s wife; the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.
There is connecting strand in this Torah portion which causes us to realize the great importance and responsibility we have as parents to set out children off into life from an early age with strong foundations in the moral standards of the King. We are responsible for their path to an incredibly degree. We know how susceptible all of us are to the impressions all around us. If we make a righteous impression in our children, ever calling upon the Lord for help and for His hand in their lives these impressions wont disintegrate into debauchery. These parents and the entire community were to be a part of the stoning. If the parents turn aside, look away or have mercy in a situation where a son has, for example, murdered and he does so again…who is the guilt then upon? Once the person is stoned, he is hung on a tree. This hanging from the tree is not as by a rope to inflict the death penalty it is for a severe means of deterrence for all the people.
Psalm 51;11 Hide your face from my sins, and erase all of my iniquities. 12 Create a pure heart for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. 13 Cast me not from Your Presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. 14 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and with a generous spirit sustain me. 15 I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You.
Genesis 4;8 Cain spoke with his brother Abel. And it happened when they were in the field, that Cain rose up (quwm) against his brother Abel and killed him. 9 HASHEM said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” and he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
–Alam (aw-lam)- to veil from sight; conceal (literally or figuratively); blind; secret (thing.)
Naphal (naw-fal)-to fall; inferior; to be judged; overwhelm; perish; smite.
Quwm (koom)-to rise; accomplish; confirm; help; hold; lift up; rouse up; establish; stir up; strengthen.
Im (eem)-with; before; beside; for all; from among; accompanying.
Devarim 22;1 You shall not see the ox of your brother or his sheep or goat cast off, and hide (alam) yourself from them; you shall surely return them to your brother. 2 If your brother is not near you and you do not know him, then gather it inside your house, and it shall remain with you until your brother inquires after it, and you return it to him. 3 So shall you do for his donkey, so shall you do for his garment, and so shall you do for any lost article of your brother that may become lost from him and you find it; you shall not hide yourself. (alam) 4 You shall not see the donkey of your brother or his ox falling on the road and hide (alam) yourself from them; you shall surely stand them up (quwm, quwm), with him (Im).
–Divine perception: Anyone in trouble, even a person who hates you…you are not to pretend it isn’t there, or veil your eyes or hide yourself. You are surely to be an active part in the restoration of this person. Whether it is the return of something easy (a garment or lost item) or difficult (the upkeep and care of an animal, of greater value). This is not small in the eyes of HASHEM. The repetition of Quwm in the text, to stand this man up…is not just literal. Fortify him. He is on a path and has fallen, he is in trouble and needs restoration. You are on a path and walking in Torah, go to him, fortify him with Torah value…teach him.
The Lord creates opportunities for us to do good from our heart, from the place where He resides every single day. Together, beside each other these men now walk!
Zephaniah 1;7 Be silent before the Lord HASHEM/ELOHIM, for the day of HASHEM is near! For HASHEM has prepared a slaughter; He has invited His guests. 8 And it will happen on the day of HASHEM’s slaughter that I will deal with the officials and the king’s sons who wear foreign garments.
Devarim 22;5 Male garb shall not be worn on a woman, and a man shall not wear a woman’s garment, for anyone who does so in an abomination of HASHEM.
–What we wear, how much we invest into our hair, how much time we spend in front of the mirror reflects what is important to us. Clothing, colors, styles and adornments can become our identity in the world. When all the glimmer and perfume of sweet compliments fade without a firm connection to your identity in the Lord alone, you will look in the mirror and feel utterly incomplete. This command is against cross-dressing,not prohibiting women wearing pants, but the intention with dress to cause lust, confusion or make a deceptive impression. The appropriate attire God ordains is that which causes Him to be seen in us, our dress should be considered as well to be a sort of protective boundary. When we dress do we care more about who will look, or what will be seen?
I Timothy 2; 9 Likewise, the women, when they pray, should be dressed modestly and sensibly in respectable attire, not with elaborate hairstyles and gold jewelry, or pearls, or expensive clothes. 10 Rather, they should adorn themselves with what is appropriate for women who claim to be worshipping God, namely, good deeds.
I Peter 3;1 In the same way, wives, submit to your husbands; so that even if some of them do not believe the Word, they will be won over by your conduct, without your saying anything, 2 as they see your respectful and pure behavior. 3 Your beauty should not consist of externals such as fancy hairstyles, gold jewelry or what you wear; 4 rather, let it be the inner character of your heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit. In God’s sight this is of great value.
Matthew 5;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. 19 So whoever disobeys the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them than so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Exodus 20;12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days will be lengthened upon the land that HASHEM, your God, gives you.
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 the embodies a promise- 3″so that it will go well with you, and you may live long in the Land.”
Devarim22;6 If a bird’s nest happens to be before you on the road, on any tree or on the ground- young birds or eggs- and the mother is roosting on the young birds or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young. 7 You shall surely send away the mother and take the young for yourself, so that it will be good for you and you will prolong your days.
–Which commandment perhaps was Yeshua speaking of, the ‘least of these’? Could it be our text involving the compassion even for the ‘feelings’ of the mother bird? The Lord has shown us in nature that mothers of many species have a sense of protective defense for their young. While for some creatures survival instinct trumps the rest, the evidence of ‘feeling’ from mother to young is evident. The Lord requires for us to take note of this and to realize His greatness in bringing these ‘little’ things to our hearts attention. The One Who fashioned and formed the face of the moon has His Eye on every sparrow that falls. Our Father wants us to see in this His great love for us, amazingly the promise that comes with keeping the commandment of the mother bird is the very same which comes with the command to honor your father and mother. Amazing connection, we are to feel for our parents and fellows the concern and care our mutual Father has for all His children.
Matthew 10;29 Aren’t sparrows sold for next to nothing, two for an assarion? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s consent. 30 As for you, every hair on your head has been counted. 31 So do not be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.
Job 38;39 Will you trap prey for a lion, or fill the need of lion whelps. 40 when they hunch over in [their] lairs, lie low in their den in wait? 41 Who prepares nourishment for the raven, when its young ones call out to God, helpless without food?
I Samuel 2;6 HASHEM brings death and gives life, He lowers to the grave and raises up. 7 He impoverishes and makes rich, He humbles and He elevates.
–Naphal (naw-fal)- to fall (literally or figuratively); cast down; cease; die; divide; fail; be lost.
Found only once here: Ma’aqeh (mah-ak-eh)- from an unused root meaning to repress; a parapet; battlement.
Devarim 22; 8 If you build a new house, you shall make a fence (Ma’aqeh) for your roof, so that you will not place blood in your house if a fallen one falls (naphal) from it.
–Accidents and coincidence, these terms discredit the hand of the King in all things. There are consequences for our actions and we have free will. We have responsibility. In our homes and along the way we are to be on the lookout for dangerous situations and to ensure that there are barriers and barricades which will ensure we have made an exerted effort to prevent any harm from coming to ourselves, our families, friends and any one who comes into our home. While we build our lives into a holy place set apart and ask God to dwell with us…lets be sure we have surrounded ourselves with the protective boundaries He has ordained in His Torah. This way no one will be lost.
Habakkuk 2;1 I will stand upon my watch and take my place at the siege, and I will wait to see what He will speak to me and what I can answer my reproof.
Isaiah 21;8…My Lord, I stand on the lookout constantly during the day, and I am stationed at my post all the nights.
Job 40;7 Gird your loins like a warrior! I will ask, and you will answer Me! 8 Will you also discredit My judgment? Will you declare me wrong in order to make yourself right?! 9 Do you have power like God; can you produce a thunder clap?
Devarim 22;9 You shall not sow your vineyard with a mixture, lest the growth of the seed that you plant and the produce of the vineyard become forbidden.
II Corinthians 6;14 Do not yoke yourselves together in a team with unbelievers. For how can righteousness and lawlessness be partners? What fellowship does light have with darkness?
Devarim 22;10 You shall not plow with an ox and donkey together.
–The ox and the donkey can carry different weights, where one excels the other will suffer. The ox and donkey have different dietary needs, one will pull on the other and one will go hungry.
We are all designed to perform specified tasks, we shouldn’t feel inferior to another for we are all servants. Ask HASHEM and He will uncover for you, your place, your task , your gift. Then go after it with all your heart. In all these commandments there is the theme of separation, purity, sanctification and holiness. Where some might not make any sense to our practical minds, II Corinthians expresses the Divine Perspective. The vineyard and its fruit is likened to our lives and walk and deeds…so too as ‘beasts of burden’ so to speak, yoked to the Torah in Yeshua which is light, we should never attach ourselves to the distortion and lies of the deceiver who tells us mixing and mingling with the world will produce good fruit.
The prohibition of combined fibers is similar in that the ‘common’ Israelite was not to don the same mixture of materials that the Kohanim would wear for their service. Again, the garment becomes the identity and Kohen are Kadosh, Holy to HASHEM. They bear the weight of the congregation and the congregation members are to be set apart in their own way by fulfilling the commandment of Tzit-zits mentioned in our text. A physical sign and adornment representing your commitment to the Lord and His commandments. Not only for the man but for the woman as well, all those who will bear the character of the Lord as their identification and do so with honor!
Devarim22; 11 You shall not wear combined fibers wool and linen together.
12 You shall make for yourselves twisted threads on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself.
Proverbs 30;10 Do not slander: [not even] a servant to his master, lest he curse you and you be made desolate; 11 [nor] a generation what curses its father and does not bless its mother; 12 [nor] a generation that is pure in its own eyes, and does not cleanse itself of its filth; 13[nor] a generation whose eyes are very haughty and whose eyelids are arched; 14 [nor] a generation whose teeth are swords and whose molars are knives, to devour the poor from the land and the destitute from mankind.
Devarim 22;13 If a man marries a wife, and comes to her and hates her, 14 and he makes a wanton accusation against her, spreading a bad name against her, and he said, “I married this woman, and I came near to her and I did not find signs of virginity on her.” 15 Then the father of the girl and her mother should take and bring proofs of the girl’s virginity to the elders of the city, to the gate. 16 The father of the girl should say to the elders, ” I gave my daughter to this man as a wife, and he hated her. 17 Now, behold! he made a wanton accusation against her, saying, ‘I did not find signs of virginity on your daughter’- but these are the signs of virginity of my daughter!” And they should spread out the sheet before the elders of the city. 18 The elders of the city shall take that man and punish him. 19 And they shall fine him one hundred silver [shekels] and give them to the father of the girl, for he had issued a slander against a virgin of Israel, and she shall remain with him as a wife; he can not divorce her all his days.
Judges 21; 12 They found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred virgin girls who had never had relations with a man, and they brought them up to the camp at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.
Hebrews 13;4 Marriage is honorable in every respect; and, in particular, sex within marriage is pure. But God will indeed punish fornicators and adulterers.
–The texts of the slandered wife have very deep lessons. Let us begin from the point of origin, a little girl in her father’s house. If we raise our children from an early age, blessing them and their ‘unseen’ mates…to be being raised in Torah, good deeds, in the service of their Creator doing all things in the Name of Yeshua and for his honor. If we instill the idea that the Lord has already established a mate for them, and ask Him to bring them together by His hand alone, that they never be turned away for another, praying that their households be filled with love and peace and devotion to HASHEM…what picture will our children have about the opposite sex? If the search for a mate becomes more than just a lottery or series of good times, if there is already the understanding of promise and separation for that person….that this is not an experiment but divine design, what sort of person will our children seek out?
Our text places responsibility directly onto the father. While in his home his daughter is to be identified as chaste with the garments she wears, this is a badge of honor that should be fostered and protected in love.
Once again we see how important our representation of the King in our lives is, even in our clothing. ( The virgins in the Judges text were identified, how? By their garments, this is a common thing in the Ancient Near East. ‘Virgin robes’ so to speak.)
Now the man who slanders her, for whatever reason, his love had grown cold or perhaps there was a spirit of jealousy…if his accusation proves false he is flogged and fined. The father is paid reparations for the terrible accusations brought against the daughter he worked very hard to mold in a righteous manner.
Additionally the husband is commanded to remain with his wife for all his days, they are not to divorce.
Divine perception, beyond our fleshly comprehension. Imagine this happened, yet the couple is commanded to ‘make it work’. Is this unfair? The woman was humiliated, the man was flogged. If aside from even these huge obstacles the Lord see’s a future for these two, where He will be allowed the time and space to restore the relationship and make it even better than before, who are we in this age to possibly consider the concept of irreconcilable differences? Israel and those grafted into her are the bride of the King, we can see the clear picture of His desire for her, for us, for restoration, of forgiveness and compassion. What does this tell us about our King? How does He feel about chastity prior to marriage, fidelity in the sanctum of the marriage covenant, the sanctity of marriage and how does He feel about divorce?
Devarim 22;20 But if this matter was true- signs of virginity were not found on the girl- 21 then they shall take the girl to the entrance of her father’s house and the people of her city shall pelt her with stones and she shall die, for she had committed an outrage in Israel, to commit adultery in her father’s house, and you shall remove the evil from your midst.
–Yeshua took the punishment of the adulteress tasted the bitter water and willingly accepted our curse. He was stripped and spit on, beaten and killed. So too he too the punishment of the wayward and rebellious son, though there was no outrage or sin in him. Looking down from the Mount of Olives at the entrance of His Father’s House, the Holy Temple, he was hung on the tree. We have committed harlotry and we have rebelled. All of us deserve the judgment and ruling, the sentence He bore for each one of us. In this time nearing the Day of Atonement, the Day of Judgment…may we call out to our King for the mercy He offers, for the chance to serve Him forever if He would but prepare a place for us in His House…let us long to repent and serve Him with our every breath, each one paid for by the most costly blood.
Daniel 9;16 O Lord, [in keeping] with all Your righteousness, please let Your anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city, Jerusalem., Your holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our forefathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become the scorn of all those around us. 17 And now, pay heed, our God, to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and let Your countenance shine upon Your desolate Sanctuary, for the Lord’s sake. 18 Incline Your ear, my God, and listen; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city upon which Your Name is proclaimed; for not because of our righteousness do we pour out our supplications before You, but because of Your great compassion. 19 O Lord, heed; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, be attentive and act, do not delay; for Your sake, my God, for Your Name is proclaimed upon Your city and Your people.
Hosea 2;4 Contend with your mother, contend; for she is not My wife and I am not her husband; and have her remove her harlotries from her face and her adulteries from between her breasts; 5 lest I strip her bare and stand her as on the day she was born, and make her like a wilderness and render her like a parched land and cause her to die of thirst. 6 And upon her children I will not have mercy, for they are the children of harlotry. 7 For their mother has committed harlotry; she who conceived them has shamed herself; for she said, ‘I will go after my paramours, those who provide my bread and my water, my wool and my linen, my oil and my drink.’ 8 Therefore, behold, I will hedge your way with thorns, and I will hem her in with a fence, and she will not find her paths. 9 And she will pursue her paramours, but not reach them; she will seek them, but not find [them]. Then she will say, ‘I will go and return to my first husband, for it was better for them then than it is now.’ 10 For she did not realize that it was I who gave her the grain and the wine and the oil; I lavished silver and gold upon her, [but] they used it for the Baal.
Devarim 22; 22 If a man will be found lying with a woman who is married to a husband, then both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman and the woman; and you shall remove the evil from Israel.
Isaiah 54;4 Fear not, for you will not be shamed; and do not feel humiliated, for you will no longer be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth and you will no longer recall the disgrace of your widowhood. 5 For your Master, is your Maker, HASHEM, Master of Legions is His Name; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; God of all the world He will be called. 6 For like the wife who had been forsaken and melancholy has HASHEM called you, and like a wife of one’s youth who had become despised, said your God. 7 For a brief moment have I forsaken you, and with abundant mercy will I gather you in. 8 With a slight wrath have I concealed My countenance from you for a moment, but with eternal kindness shall I show you mercy, said your Redeemer, HASHEM.
Devarim 22;23 If there will be a virgin girl who is betrothed to a man, and a man finds her in the city and lies with her, 24 then you shall take them both to the gate of that city and pelt them with stones and they shall die: the girl because of the fact that she did not cry out in the city, and the man because of the fact that he afflicted the wife of his fellow; and you shall remove the evil from your midst.
25 But if it is in the field that the man will find the betrothed girl, and the man will seize her and lie with her, only the man who lies with her shall die. 26 But you shall do nothing to the girl, for the girl has committed no capital sin, for like a man who rises up against his fellow and murders him, so is this thing; 27 for he found her in the field, the betrothed girl cried out, but she had no savior.
–The city, fast paced, overwhelming…an illusionary world in which there is the constant pull and prod and seduction by the oppressor of the betrothed virgin. Each one of us have been willing participants in the allure of ‘city life’. Aside from the labor and raw exertion in the field with our beloved, we have fallen prey to the fallacy that apart from our work and walk with the Lord there is value in the ruckus and turmoil of the acquisition of property or status. It is in this month of Elul, the month of Repentance, the King is in the Field. He has left His palace to seek us, just as we are…for every person with a burning love for HASHEM and the desire to be faithful to Him, we have gone out to the field. Bending over our labors in the field, we feel a touch on the shoulder and turn around (Shuv- Return- Repent)…and there He is. The King Himself, to get our attention and to hear our cries, to come to our aid. Like the girl in our text, may we be found unwilfull participants in the treachery and betrayal of our betrothed. Let us ask for mercy, making an effort to shake off the influence of city life, and the persecutor…the force that had led us away from HASHEM.
It is time to rise up against the attacker. It is time to reinstate our commitment to our King and use this time to repent and cry to Him, for not only does He hear us, but He will answer. He will be our savior.
Song of Solomon 3;1 Night after night on my bed I looked for the man I love. I looked for him, but I didn’t find him. 2″I will get up now and roam the city, through the streets and the open places, I will look for the man I love.” I looked for him, but I didn’t find him. 3 The guards roaming the city found me. “Have you seen the man I love?” 4 Scarcely had I left them, when I found the man I love. I took hold of him and would not let him go until I had brought him to my mother’s house, to the bedroom of the woman who conceived me. 4;12 My sister, my bride, is a garden locked up, a pool covered over, a spring sealed shut. 13 You are an orchard that puts forth pomegranates and other precious fruits, henna and nard- 14 nard and saffron and aromatic cane, cinnamon and all kind of frankincense trees, myrrh, aloes, all the best spices. 15 You are a garden fountain, a spring of running water, flowing down from the L’vanaon. 16 Awake, north wind! Come, south wind! Blow on my garden to spread its fragrance. Let my darling enter his garden and eat its finest fruit. 5;1 My sister, my bride, I have entered my garden; I am gathering my myrrh and my spices; I am eating my honeycomb along with my honey; I am drinking my wine as well as my milk.
Devarim 22; 28 If a man will find a virgin maiden who was not betrothed, and takes hold of her and lies with her, and they are discovered, 29 then the man who lay with her shall give the father of the girl fifty silver [shekels], and she shall become his wife, because he had afflicted her; he cannot divorce her all his life.
Song of Solomon 5;2 I am asleep, but my heart is awake. Listen! I hear my darling knocking! Open for me my sister, my love, my dove, my flawless one! For my head is wet with dew, my hair with the moisture of the night. 3 I’ve removed my coat; must I put it back on? I’ve washed my feet; must I dirty them again? 4 The man I love put his hand through the hole by the door-latch, and my heart began pounding at the thought of him. 5 I got up to open the door for the man I love. My hands were dripping with myrrh- pure myrrh ran off my fingers onto the handle of the bolt. 6 I opened for my darling, but my darling had gone. My heart had failed me when he spoke- I sought him, but I couldn’t find him; I called him, but he didn’t answer. 7 The watchmen roaming the city found me; they beat me, they wounded me; they took away my cloak, those guardians of the walls! 8 I charge you, daughters of Yerushalayim, that if you find the man I love, what are you to tell him? That I am sick with love.
Blessed are You Lord our God King of the universe, You alone have planted among us Life Eternal.
Blessed are You Gracious Giver of the Torah.
In Yeshua’s Name, Amein.
The Fall Feasts approach and this may be the last post for a time…
I lift prayers and ask that the Lord give me hope in His perception Divine, so that I might find my role and place…
where He wants me to be and there alone.
There are weeks ahead I pray I will find the space to complete all He has called me to do,
in the meantime I pray you will be blessed and filled.
Seek Him, your Love…for He is near, He is accessible and He longs for you.
In Yeshua I praise, in the Lord I find true identity…
nothing else is sure….
He is sure.