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Parasha Ki Tavo; It’s No Secret.

Psalm 20; 4 May He grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your counsel! We will sing for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God. They have bowed down and fallen, but we have risen and stood upright. Save, O Lord; may the King answer us in the day we call.

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This week’s Torah Sedra, portion of text read in the yearly cycle, is Ki Tavo. Ki Tavo- When you come. This magnificent portion wrought with outstanding immeasurable blessings and terrifying life shaking curses begins with the realization of a promise kept. Then, and now. The people WILL enter the Land of Promise and when they do they will remember, remember the road which they have trod to get here and remember the God Whose provision and immense love enabled them to continue all the time. The first thing we read is the account of the farmer, rich or poor…who brings the first and best of his produce to the Resting place of the Shkinah (Glory) of the Lord and to the priest. Again we note the Lord’s design for the structure of access to the Father by means of the Holy anointed Kohen (Priest) a clear figure pointing to our Heavenly high Priest Yeshua. The farmer comes to pay homage to God in this symbolic ceremony and he recites a declaration which is beautiful.’This is what I bring, this is where I have been, I have survived because of You God, You have kept Your promise. Not only have I arrived intact, but I have been blessed, I remember You and I praise You.’ The benefit of this ceremony is far reaching, clearly one’s offering would not be wholehearted if it was done in expectation of return, but there is return on a pure gift given to HaShem. Always. So the farmer will benefit, with a deeper connection to the Creator and provider of all things, plus a continued blessing over the handiwork God Himself established. The people will benefit, for when the crops do well everyone eats. The Kohanim (Priests) will benefit because they get to partake in the offerings brought. And foremost, God’s name and glory is magnified because His people will put Him first, give their first and best in the highest holiest first place God has chosen for them to come, and the promise He made first to Avraham will be realized. They have made it…they have done more than just survived. This beautiful fruit is proof that they will also live!!

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Devarim (Deuteronomy) 26;1 “Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it and live in it, that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground which you bring in from your land that the Lord your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to establish His name. You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him, ‘I declare (NAGAD) this day to the Lord my God that I have entered the land which the Lord swore to our fathers to give us.’ Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of the Lord your God. You shall answer and say before the Lord your God, ‘My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down to Egypt and  sojourned there, few in number; but there he became a great, mighty and populous nation. And the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, and imposed hard labor on us. Then we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction and our toil and our oppression; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror and with signs and wonders; and He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 Now behold, I have brought the first of the produce of the ground which You, O Lord have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the Lord your God, and worship before the Lord your God; 11 and you and the Levite and the alien who is among you shall rejoice in all the good which the Lord your God has given you and your household.

H5046 nagad (naw-gad’) – properly, to front, i.e. stand boldly out opposite; by implication (causatively), to manifest; figuratively, to announce (always by word of mouth to one present); specifically, to expose, predict, explain, praise.

Psalm 53;1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,” They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; there is no one who does good. God has looked (SHAQAPH) down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there is anyone who understands, who seeks after God. Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Have the workers of wickedness no knowledge,Who eat up My people as though they ate bread and have not called upon God? There they were in great fear where no fear had been; for God scattered the bones of him who encamped against you; You put them to shame, because God had rejected them. Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores His captive people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

H8259 shaqaph (shaw-kaf’)-  properly, to lean out (of a window), i.e. (by implication) peep or gaze (passively, be a spectacle).

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Psalm 53’s imagery is that of God, anxious after much patience gazing out the window of heaven, so to speak, to seek…to inquire, is there a man who has found understanding, is there anyone who has repented and returned to His ways, His instructions, His Wisdom, His Torah. God peers and finds no man, not one good person. It is in a time such as this the Salvation, Yeshua, of the Lord is called upon…such a dire need for His victory and liberation. In stark contrast to the Psalmist observation of the lack of obedience is our Torah text. The farmer who has brought the first and best of His produce continues His verbal declaration, part in parcel of this offering and ceremony, saying I have been obedient to Your Torah, I have taken from that which You have given and spread it over those in need because You asked me to, I have not eaten of it or given of it in an unclean or defiled state or spirit. Because of all this, and because You have promised…please, Gaze Now Lord and see…there is a man who has done and will do your Torah, who will love and obey Your mitzvot, Your instructions…and grant ALL the people of Israel a blessing. So may it be for us, when the time draws near for Salvation to be seen from Heaven that He lean out over the windows of heaven and look down upon us and see us declaring with our lives…we have heard,we have remembered you, we have been obedient and loved the way You taught us to in Your word.

H4687 mitsvah ( mits-vaw’ )- a command, whether human or divine (collectively, the Law).                          H6680 tsavah (tsaw-vaw’)- (intensively) to constitute, enjoin.

Devarim (Deuteronomy)  26; 12 “When you have finished paying all the tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan and to the widow, that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied. 13 You shall say before the Lord your God, ‘I have removed the sacred portion from my house, and also have given it to the Levite and the alien, the orphan and the widow, according to all Your commandments (MITSVAH) which You have commanded (TSAVAH) me; I have not transgressed or forgotten any of Your commandments (MITSVAH). 14 I have not eaten of it while mourning, nor have I removed any of it while I was unclean, nor offered any of it to the dead. I have listened to the voice of the Lord my God; I have done according to all that You have commanded (TSAVAH) me. 15 Look  (SHAQAPH) down from Your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless Your people Israel, and the ground which You have given us, a land flowing with milk and honey, as You swore to our fathers.’

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H8451 towrah to-raw’ or torah {to-raw’}; from H3384; a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch.

 Job 22; 21 “Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you.
22 “Please receive instruction (TORAH) from His mouth and establish His words in your heart.

H5459 cgullah (seg-ool-law’) -root meaning to shut up; wealth (as closely shut up).

Cgullah, a special, distinct, valuable, precious and peculiar treasure…this is what God describes His people Israel as. That is, when they are functioning in the framework of His justice, His righteous statues, His design. When His people work and live with the realization of His commandments upon their hearts walking in the Light of His Law…striving to actualize being designed in His image…they are set apart and special. Locked away by Him as if in a treasure chest. Yes harm comes along, flesh might cause us to stumble, trials arise and error ensues…but our verdict and our assurance is already declared, it is defined by the one offering that can cover all wrong. The blood of the Lamb. Therefore, we live in the world and face all the challenges we will…but we do so knowing our prize. Amazing to think, we are His prize. If you can walk through your days realizing You are a special treasure to God Most High…perhaps there will be less doubt and self loathing, less disappointment. The Malachi text beautifully matches the context of the first fruit offerings, bring the food into the house of the Lord and God says ‘Just watch and see how I bless you! ‘ The Psalmist Reminds us of God’s continued expression, Israel is to ME a special treasure I have CHOSEN (also see Exodus 19;5, Deuteronomy 7;6 &14;2). This Psalm reminds us of God’s sovereign right to choose as He wills. This He has done, it is not a whim or a passing thing…He chooses Israel and the Jewish people, NOTHING can change that designation by the King of Kings, no one can undermine it. Peter calls us to remember that we, you and I, even today are called to this same designation. IF we believe this fact, we should ask ourselves if the standards for such a Holy Nation have changed? Are there different expectations for different groups, peoples, times? As we read on we will may be able to answer these questions.

Malachi 3;1 “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. 2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

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7 “From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. “But you say, ‘How shall we return?’…                                            10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. 11 Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the Lord of hosts. 12 “All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts….                                                                                                                                   16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name. 17 “They will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession (CGULLAH), and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” 18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

Psalm 135;1 Praise the LordPraise the name of the LordPraise, O servants of the LordYou who stand in the house of the LordIn the courts of the house of our God! 3Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely. For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own possession (CGULLAH).For I know that the Lord is great and that our Lord is above all gods.Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.

I Peter 2;9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…

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Devarim (Deuteronomy) 26; 16 “This day the Lord your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances. You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul. 17 You have today declared the Lord to be your God, and that you would walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments and His ordinances, and listen to His voice.18 The Lord has today declared you to be His people, a treasured possession (CGULLAH), as He promised you, and that you should keep all His commandments; 19 and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor; and that you shall be a consecrated people to the Lord your God, as He has spoken.”

To be lauded, to be the mark..in the Hebrew- for a Name, to be an ornament. He is the only One who has the authority to lift and laud any man, He chose His people…Why? I believe that will all be revealed in the end. I also believe we can see it before our eyes now. Ask yourself who is it that has safeguarded His word, who has kept His commandments and walked in them, loving the downtrodden and healing the world? Overwhelmingly, the answer is Israel, the Jewish people and true Christians.

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We read on and I submit that one should take more than a moment and really visualize what God is asking the people to do here. Once again we see a physical representation of a Highly Spiritual idea. God tells the people FIRST thing, before you enter into the Promise let it be known the Law of the Land. God’s Law, His Torah…and not just part of it, ALL of it written out on unhewn stones (the same types of stones altars to the Lord were to be made of). They are set out and written in a place everyone can see and written so that ALL the people could clearly understand it, read it, take it in. All the people. The Torah continues with representatives from each tribe, including Levi, going up onto either side of two mountains. Gerazim-for blessing, Ebal- for curses. The blessings and curses are declared by the Levites, the Priests who ‘stand in the gap’ between these two mountains and all the people are to state after each pronunciation, “Amein! So be it!” Here we see, the Torah..repeated, copied and declared…for all to see and understand, a prerequisite before entering the promised Land- the picture of the future promised Rest eternal. It is the Priests who ensure the people have heard and the Priests who stand in the middle of the blessings and the curses, so too Yeshua our High Priest does the same for us, standing in the gap and interceding with the Father on our behalf.

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This intercession is not so that he might bring to mind our righteousness our how much of His Law we kept and did, but could it possibly be that our obedience might possibly allow for a more evident billow of incense before the throne? Calling to remember the glimmer of that which He Himself would be collected as treasure, if one keeps, safeguards, performs and fulfills the commandments, statutes, ordinances and Judgments. He asked ALL the words be written on these stones, He expects us to strive to concern ourselves with ALL the words of the Torah. Before entering the land, the Promise. Joel 3;14 speaks of a valley of decision, I can not help but think about this account in the Torah connecting with this thought…truly the place of Ebal and Gerazim was a valley of decision as well. Do we too have the mind to comprehend that of all times, these years in the midst of the blood moons and feast days, with the Yom ha din, the Day of Judgment (Rosh Hashana) upon us…we too stand in a valley of decision of our own. We have been told, we have seen, we have heard, we no longer have the excuse.. “I didn’t know.”

H543 ‘amen (aw-mane’)- sure; abstract, faithfulness; adverb, truly.

Deuteronomy 27; 26 ‘Cursed is he who does not confirm the words of this Torah by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

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H3605 kol (kole )-properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).

Deuteronomy 27; 1 Then Moses and the elders of Israel charged the people, saying, “Keep all (KOL) the commandments which I command you today. So it shall be on the day when you cross the Jordan to the land which the Lord your God gives you, that you shall set up for yourself large stones and coat them with lime and write on them all (KOL) the words of this law, when you cross over, so that you may enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your fathers,promised you. So it shall be when you cross the Jordan, you shall set up on Mount Ebal, these stones, as I am commanding you today, and you shall coat them with lime. Moreover, you shall build there an altar to the Lord your God, an altar of stones; you shall not wield an iron tool on them. You shall build the altar of the Lord your God of uncut stones, and you shall offer on it burnt offerings to the Lord your God;and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and eat there, and rejoice before the Lord your God. You shall write on the stones all (KOL) the words of this law very distinctly.” Then Moses and the Levitical priests spoke to all (KOL) Israel, saying, “Be silent and listen, O Israel! This day you have become a people for the Lord your God. 10 You shall therefore obey the Lord your God, and do His commandments and His statutes which I command you today.”

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Song of Solomon 6; 6 “Your teeth are like a flock of ewes which have come up from washing, all of which bear twins, and not one among them has lost her young. “Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate behind your veil. “There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, and maidens without number; 9 My dove, my perfect (TAM) one, is unique: She is her mother’s only; She is the pure (BAR) of the one who bore her. The maidens saw her and called her blessed, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her, 10 ‘Who is this that grows like the dawn, As beautiful as the full moon, As pure as the sun, As awesome as an army with banners?’

H8535 tam (tawm) from H8552; complete; usually (morally) pious; specifically, gentle, dear.                                 H1249 bar (bar) from H1305 (in its various senses); beloved; also pure, empty.

Genesis 25; 27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful (TAM) man,living in tents.

Psalm 73;1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure (BAR) in heart! But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, my steps had almost slipped.

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The Song of Solomon describes the wooing of the Shulamite woman, the picture of Israel, her beloved portrays her and likens her to a dove. Perfect, TAM. This term is found only one other place in the Torah, describing Jacob, Israel, not as it is usually translated as ‘goodly’ or ‘righteous’…but God called him complete…perfect. Those of Israel whose heart is pure, BAR, are blessed by God. This positive image of the dove in comely beauty is often an image of peace, even a symbol for believers in Yeshua. We read in Ezekiel about a time when the doves will flee tribulation, hiding in the  mountains…mourning over the fate of their brethren, this imagery is expressed in Song of Solomon chapter 2…hiding in the clefts of the rock. After the flood which was destruction as a consequence for the world’s corruption, Noach sent out a dove…she could not find a place to rest the sole of her foot…all of these scriptures unite and intersect with the astounding verse from our Torah portion…the Children of Israel will be scattered, like the doves of exile, and find no rest for the soles of their feet….from there God will cause their heart to tremble. In the Hebrew this word is Timid, Raggaz…the form of this word is found only here (Deut. 28; 65) in the portion of Ki Tavo. This Torah portion is always read before Yom Teruah, The Feast Of Trumpets, in the season of Repentance. This is a time when we are meant to partake in deep introspection, it is a time of being shaken to our core and examination of our purpose in life…it is the perfect time for the doves of HaShem to remember how to be humbled and timid that we might find the Rest for our souls, promised by the King who woos us.

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Ezekiel 7; 16 Even when their survivors escape, they will be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, each over his own iniquity. 17 All hands will hang limp and all knees will become water. 18 They will gird themselves with sackcloth and shuddering will overwhelm them; and shame on all faces and baldness on all their heads. 19 They will fling their silver into the streets and their gold will become an abhorrent thing; their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their appetite nor can they fill their stomachs, for their iniquity has become an occasion of stumbling.

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Song of Solomon 2;14 “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway, let me see your form, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your form is lovely.”

Genesis 8; 8 Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land;but the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him into the ark, for the water was on the surface of all the earth. Then he put out his hand and took her, and brought her into the ark to himself.

רגז  H7268 raggaz rag-gawz’ (intensive from H7264)-  timidKJV: trembling.

Deuteronomy 28; 65 Among those nations you shall find no rest, and there will be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there the Lord will give you a trembling (RAGGAZ) heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul.

H3772 karath (kaw-rath’) to cut (off, down or asunder); by implication, to destroy or consume; specifically, to covenant (i.e. make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces).

H3045 yada`(yaw-dah) to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) (as follow). Yada speaks of COVENANT relationship. See this article for more on Yada:  http://www.torahresource.com/EnglishArticles/Yada_as_Covenant_Term.pdf

H7200 ra’ah ( raw-aw’ )to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative).

H8085 shama` (shaw-mah’)- to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.).

The wording in the text below is very interesting. It affirms the eternal nature of covenant…its lasting implications but using the term Karath meaning to cut. This is precisely the practice of covenant making in the ancient near east. The parties would cut, split, animals in half arranging either half into rows and would walk through the pieces both declaring the terms of the covenant. This is how we get the phrase coming “INTO” a covenant, from this walking into the rows the animal parts. The connection with the inscribing  of the words of the Ten Utterances on the tablets of stone (Exodus 34;27-28 kathabo grave,write,describe, inscribe, prescribe, subscribe) and the carving of the walls of Jerusalem upon the ‘palm’ of God Himself (Isaiah 49;16 chaqaq to hack, engrave.) should be taken to heart when realizing the word Covenant and its true essence. Some theologians who would like to presume the earlier covenants have no connection to or inter-working with the so called “New Covenant”. One does not undermine another, one does not abolish another, and in this fact we should be very grateful and rest knowing that in His righteousness He has given us the terms of covenant relationship…and although we will eventual fail to measure up, His faithfulness to the promises He makes is in no way dependent upon our ability to perform. The text tells us the people have not yet been given BY GOD the heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear.  Although they have been tenderly carried through the desert and provided for in every way… the Lord reiterates this same sentiment in Isaiah six, telling His prophet to deliver the message of Deuteronomy to the people once more. He wants for his people to KNOW Him with their hearts, to Shema…hear with their ears, with the intention of action and attention, to behold Him with their eyes but more than that…to see what He is desiring to to do for them and within them.

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Devarim (Deuteronomy) 29;1 These are the words of the covenant which the Lord commanded Moses to make (KARATH)  with the sons of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which He had made (The Lord Cut- KARATH) with them at Horeb. And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and all his servants and all his land; the great trials which your eyes have seen, those great signs and wonders. Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to know (YADA), nor eyes to see (RA’AH), nor ears to hear (SHAMA). I have led you forty years in the wilderness your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot. You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or strong drink, in order that you might know that I am the Lord your God.

H995 biyn (bene)-to separate mentally (or distinguish), i.e.(generally) understand.

 Isaiah 6; 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening (SHAMA, SHAMA), but do not perceive (YADA); Keep on looking, but do not understand (BIYN).’ 10 “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, their ears dull, and their eyes dim, otherwise they might see (RA’AH) with their eyes, hear (SHAMA) with their ears, understand (BIYN) with their hearts, and return and be healed.”

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Proverbs 2; 1 My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern (BIYN) the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Is the Word of God trustworthy? Is the Word of God lasting? Is it unchanging? Is it ALL good for teaching and reproof? Yes, we should read the bible in terms of Historical, geographical, political and sociological elements. Yes, we should know about the author and the audience, the literal and plain meanings of the text. I want you to try something. Pretend you have never been taught the Torah is not relevant for our lives, imagine if the Lord was speaking to all people for all time. Read the text as it is. Written for all generations, for all those who want to come into covenant with Him.

Deuteronomy 29; 10 You stand today, all of you before the Lord your God: your chiefs, your tribes, your elders and your officers, all the men of Israel, 11 your little ones, your wives, and the alien who is within your camps, from the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water, 12 that you may enter into the covenant with the Lord your God, and into His oath which the Lord your God is making with you today, 13 in order that He may establish you today as His people and that He may be your God, just as He spoke to you and as He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.14 Now not with you alone am I making this covenant and this oath, 15 but both with those who stand here with us today in the presence of the Lord our God and with those who are not with us here today 16 (for you know how we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations through which you passed; 17 moreover, you have seen their abominations and their idols of wood, stone, silver, and gold, which they had with them); 18 so that there will not be among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of those nations; that there will not be among you a root bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood.

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This text is so beautiful, it is amazing to think that these ancient words…echoing from the foundations of the earth, belong to us too. We can see the words, hear the message and know them in our hearts. Each and every man, woman, child, slave, rich man, poor man, soldier, farmer, widow, alien, family….may cross over into this covenant…those there at that time and those not there at that time. There was no defined end of this invitation, in fact, the reading from the heart shows us…there is NOT a limit set here in any aspect. The sign of the covenant will be the obedience of the Torah, God’s commandments…why?  To eliminate idolatry, commonality…to set apart the people of God from the rest of the world, to eliminate the biter fruit of rebellion and distance from HaShem.  Truly this Torah message has not changed, Paul himself stated…THIS IS THE MESSAGE, quoting next week’s Torah portion, some of the final words from Moshe directly relayed from God Most High. Praise God for allowing it to be thus. He is accessible and so are His ways not only palatable but easily digested and consumed if one asks Him, this understanding, wisdom and knowledge are in His open hand…and when asked and pursued, the answer is always yes! and Amein! So may it be!

Romans 10; 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

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Deuteronomy 30; 11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.

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Psalm 46 ;1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam,Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawnsThe nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

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So what is the Torah? Isn’t it the Words spoken on Mount Sinai, the so called Mosaic Law? Isn’t that old and done away with by the so called New Covenant? Didn’t Yeshua fulfill all the Law so we no longer have to? If I were to keep the Torah, what would that look like? Who decides how to observe the laws? I can’t do it all so I shouldn’t do any of it, right? Aren’t you condemning me if I don’t observe the Torah by telling me the beauty you have found in striving to keep the Torah? Didn’t Paul tell us the Law is replaced by Grace? Isn’t the Gospel what really matters now, spreading the Good News? Some questions. My humble answers, from what the Holy Spirit through the power of Yeshua according to the Will of the Father, has shown me: The Torah is instruction, it is the divine heart of the Lord, it is from Genesis to Revelation. Scripture shows there is evidence of performance of what was expressed on Sinai was known and being done far before the Voice of the Lord was heard on the mountain and the Tablets were inscribed by the finger of God. The Covenants begin with the Promised Seed, who would crush the head of the serpent…each covenant has that thread running through it and connecting all of them. God forbid Yeshua would do away with the promises of Old. If Yeshua is the author of Creation and the Word made flesh, if he is One with the Father, why would he do away with His own will, why would he diminish the very thing he gave us to show us what he would come to do…and what he is returning to conclude? Keeping the Torah looks a lot like what we see around us in all the different bodies of believers. Where you see people giving the word of God and helping people understand it, where you see people helping others in need, where you find compassion and heartfelt worship, where you see an evident light and heart of service walked out by God’s people…THAT is what Torah looks like. God decided what His Laws would be, He decides how to observe them, the Holy Spirit helps in the administration of these things…but here’s an example. The Sabbath. Set it apart, sanctify it. Rabbinic Law has hundreds of rules about how this looks, but the bible names a few things…don’t light a fire (for work or production), bake what you will bake, boil what you will boil (in other words, plan ahead…prepare, think about it, intend to rest and set time aside for God to speak to you and teach you), do no laborious work (rest, stop, breathe, study, pray, listen.) TRY. What a shame it would be if any of our children had the attitude , can’t do it all so why bother. I have never understood this idea, NO we can never offer or give anything to God that He needs. Yeshua asked us to be perfect, can we do that? No. The the real tragedy is to assume that it was asked of us for naught, I believe it is in the purposeful pursuit of the WHOLE (KOL) that we really find ourselves drawing near to the Lord and that is the goal. Closeness with Him. If He said that can be reached through the attachment of ourselves to His commandments, then I believe the attempt is well worth it. God forbid my love of the Torah and the way I observe and live out what I understand the bible to be instructing me to actually do with my life should cause anyone to feel judged, looked down on or condemned by me. I live for Him, He lives in me. If you don’t want to walk this way, don’t. Just don’t condemn me for loving this with all my heart. I can not ask forgiveness for declaring how beautiful it is, I only ask that you understand this is consuming for me and thus…I communicate it the way I do. Paul did not teach against the Torah, in actuality he was constantly preaching from the Torah text itself. We can not always read the bible and think ‘this is what it means to me.’ The study and immersion in the ancient languages will help all of us understand what the bible says. So again, I suggest this free tool http://www.scripture4all.org/  The ONLY thing that really matters is giving the Gospel, in the Greek meaning well message. The Good News is that Yeshua came, died for us all, rose from the dead and is returning to claim his people and make everything right. He has prepared a place with Him eternally and it is accessible for all those who are willing to take his hand. This is the Gospel and it can be seen from Genesis 1;1 where God fashions a place for His children to reside…for Yeshua’s light to be seen. The Good News ends in Revelation where Yeshua tells us…He is the BEGINNING and the END.

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Our Torah Portion concludes with a wonderful verse I treasure. It inspires us to seek out what is before us and in our hands, and reminds us that what we hold is a precious gift from above…it is in our hands, it is no secret…what will we do?

Deuteronomy 29;  29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this Torah.

Baruch attah ADONAI Eloheinu Melech HaOlam

Blessed are You Lord our God Creator and King of the universe,

You have blessed us with Your Torah of Truth

You have blessed us with the entire counsel of Your living word

You alone have planted among us life eternal

Blessed are You Lord our God, Gracious Giver of the Torah.

B’Shem Yeshua HaMashiac

AMEIN!!

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