The Torah Portion this week located in the book of Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17. Each title of the Torah portion comes from the first few words of the designated section selected to read. Therefore, this week the Torah Portion (parashah) is’Re’eh which means ‘see.’ Join me as I share the revelation and experiences of my Exodus to the study of the Torah. The first section of the scripture reads as follows in the Complete Jewish Bible:
26 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse — 27 the blessing, if you listen to the mitzvot (commandments) of Adonai your God that I am giving you today; 28 and the curse, if you don’t listen to the mitzvot (commandments) of Adonai your God, but turn aside from the way I am ordering you today and follow other gods that you have not known.
In the KJV you will read the word ‘Behold,’ which too means to give attention, very close attention to the words that will immediately follow from the one who has the audiences attention. ‘See’ Moshe (Moses) begins to reiterate the consequences of our choices, again. Let us briefly review where we are at this point of scripture. Upon preparing yourself to read the book of Deuteronomy it is important to understand the voice of this particular book. The voice is one of an autobiographical tone, or what we know as the first person, because Moshe (Moses)is addressing the children of Israel for the final time. The Most High has informed Moshe (Moses) that he will soon make his transition and no longer proceed on to the Promised Land with the second generation of Israelites he stands before at the time. In the book of Deuteronomy is a type of final address for Moshe (Moses) in the first 30 chapters of the book of Deuteronomy.
From the opening of chapter’s one through thirty the writing is in the 1st person/(direct quote) format. There are four sections to this speech. They are:
- The Introduction- Chapters 1-4
- The Main Body- Chapters 5-26
- The Covenant- Chapters 27-28
- The Call To Repentance- Chapters 29-30
It is at this point that the rest of the book of Deuteronomy returns to the 3rd person narrative form that is the most common voice in the Torah.
Where we stand in this reading of the Torah portion this week is in the main body of the final address from Moshe (Moses). Deuteronomy 11:26 –16:17 is a continuance of emphasis from Moshe (Moses) to remind the Israelites that the great success of this people is directly connected to how they worship and honor The Most High (YHWH), as they make a place for His name to dwell and be honored. The instruction of Moses was to direct their actions upon entering the Promised Land Moshe (Moses) continues in Deuteronomy 12:2 “You must destroy all the places where the nations you are dispossessing served their gods, whether on high mountains, on hills, or under some leafy tree.”
As many of us are newly discovering by looking to the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy) our Hebrew roots. We begin to see ourselves and understand the nuances of worshipping our God in the manner and at the times He established for us from the beginning. I have heard and claimed myself to be able to take hold of the promises due to the promise God made to Abraham.
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
For if the inheritance be of the law (Torah), it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
In keeping with this resolve comes the New Testament claim of the blessings of Abraham recognized as a Hebrew (Gen. 14:13) according to the Torah references throughout scripture describing The Most High as the God of the Hebrews. The word ‘Hebrew’ means to crossover it is a form of an option in many instances subject to the commands of the God of the Hebrew. The one who led the Israelites out of the land of Egypt (Ex.9:1; Ex. 9:13 and Ex.10:3) , the one who walked, talked and guided them every step of the way through the wilderness (Ex. 3:18, Ex. 5:3) The God of the Hebrews is the one who went before them in battle and caused them to triumph once they went to gain the promised land (1 Sam. 4:6). The God of the Hebrews is the one who caused the sun to stand still in the time of war leading them to victory (Joshua 10:13).
The most important constant in Moshe’s (Moses’) address is the necessary destruction of the false gods and the act of idolatry in The Most High God’s people. The same issue is front and center today. Are we still looking to dismiss every false god and form of idol worship in our lives today? What are the false gods and idolatry today? The studying of the ancient path, the Torah gives a greater clarity to what we know about who God (YHWH) is in our lives today. The repetitiveness of this book in the eyes of many who read it, is considered a treasure of wisdom passed on, instead of something outdated. YHWH our God is always on time therefore He can never be outdated.
The newness of worshipping God aright in Moshe’s address to the Israelites looks toward the promised land (Deut 12:8-9), “ You will not do things the way we do them here today, where everyone does whatever in his own opinion seems right; 9 because you haven’t yet arrived at the rest and inheritance which Adonai your God is giving you.”
The destruction of the ways and honor of other gods is a topic that YHWH cannot stress enough, which brings us to believe it is also something we should look at a great deal because the tricks are not all black and white. The main task to the adversary is to take your worship and steal it for himself, so when we think of it we are prompted to keep a guard up and our hedge of protection complete. When we are certain we have destroyed all idolatry in our environments, speech, activities, eating habits, and thought processes it is still not over. We then keep a diligent watch over our hearts, souls and minds, striving to remain steadfast in spirit and truth.
In Deuteronomy 12:30
30 be careful, after they have been destroyed ahead of you, not to be trapped into following them; so that you inquire after their gods and ask, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?
Even after you believe the camp is clear of the threat of idolatry you cannot take a chance in letting your guard down. According to Moses in Deuteronomy 12:13-15
“If you hear it told that in one of your cities which Adonai your God is giving you to live in, 14 (13) certain scoundrels have sprung up among you and have drawn away the inhabitants of their city by saying, ‘Let’s go and serve other gods, which you haven’t known,’ 15 (14) then you are to investigate the matter, inquiring and searching diligently.
A true prophet will teach the difference between the clean and the unclean and the holy and the unholy, sabbath and appointed feast days of YHWH our God.
False prophets are put to death, for encouraging others to turn away and serve other gods. Here is one of the reasons I tread cautiously to even accept the call to the ministry and now prophetess. After studying the word in the church pretty much all my life, I did not hesitate when I began to study the Torah. There is not much of “knowing why we do what we do” in the church, but more of “I or we do it because it is the way it has always been done,” unfortunately “the way it has always been done,” is not always true. We do not know anything! And I have a few degrees and one in seminary (which we call cemetery). How do we actively carry out this scripture to investigate, inquire and search out diligently the false prophets in our lives (Deut. 12:15) without studying what you do and why you are doing it? You likely quickly remembered
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
And most importantly understanding the point of reference by which we are doing a thing. I have learned that we must go back to the ancient path which is the anchor of all that is.
This is your Season of blessing!
Many of you can likely relate when you hear this statement, “this is your season of blessing.” I have heard proclaimed anointed men and women of God make this statement, while ministering to a congregation in the churches. People have traveled for miles to sit in the presence of the anointed man or woman of God to speak a word over them. These messengers claim to have a special message for you from the Most High God. In what I have learned in the Torah thus far, I understand better the promise of blessing, wealth and prosperity is a promise from The Most High (YHWH).
It is emphasized during the feast days to the Sabbath day observance and reflected in the Sh’mittah year. Many have an idea of prosperity in the church and their idea of how it is to be obtained, yet the Torah give us the instruction of how Yahweh ordained us to walk in blessings and care for our communities. We gain clarity in how the Kingdom is to come on earth by living by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh, versus every cliche’ uttered in a season that motivates you. In the fifteenth chapter of Deuteronomy it describes the Sh’mittah year, which is also identified as the year of debt release and wealth transfer.
Deuteronomy 15: 1-6 “At the end of every seven years you are to have a sh’mittah. 2 Here is how the sh’mittah is to be done: every creditor is to give up what he has loaned to his fellow member of the community — he is not to force his neighbor or relative to repay it, because Adonai’s time of remission has been proclaimed. 3 You may demand that a foreigner repay his debt, but you are to release your claim on whatever your brother owes you. 4 In spite of this, there will be no one needy among you; because Adonai will certainly bless you in the land which Adonai your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess — 5 if only you will listen carefully to what Adonai your God says and take care to obey all these mitzvot I am giving you today. 6 Yes, Adonai your God will bless you, as he promised you — you will lend money to many nations without having to borrow, and you will rule over many nations without their ruling over you.
As you read this you will see the resemblance of the established bankruptcy laws and its structure where people are released from their prior debts. The land is also to rest in a Sh’mittah year and YHWH will provide for us. The reference to the land resting is associated to mankind ’tilling’ the ground or the farming lifestyle. This was a tremendous challenge to many as you can guess. If the land was not ’tilled’ it was not profitable to the family. Here was the challenge of an entire household’s faith in Yahweh. The Sh’mittah year excited me when I first learned of it, because I instantly could see how our faith in Yahweh is guided to be strengthened during this season. There are blessings in the release of debt, transference of wealth and more than that it increases ones faith and dependency in the Most High, Yahweh.
There are many prophetic instances that align with the season of Shemittah every seven years authorized by El Elyon (The Most High ). There is always a consequence for disobedience, a curse that is associated with the disobedience of failing to honor God’s mitzvot (commandment). Yet, these nuances are for the more *seasoned in the Torah to expound upon and that is not me yet. Don’t forget the basic element is that obedience gets the blessing and faith gets the birthright.
The Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
In Deuteronomy the 16th chapter there is the instruction of the celebratory feast that is held at the end of the harvesting season called Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths). A sukkot is a type of tent or booth, which actually exemplifies the mobility of the God we serve, recalling His faithfulness in the wilderness with the Israelites. Yahweh is a personable God who sets us apart to honor Him with every fiber of our being. There is only One God Deut 6:4, and He tolerates no mixing in any way. He is our portion, but we are His treasure to worship, serve and live a life as He has ordained us to do. Moshe (Moses) reminds the second generation of Israelites, that after all the harvest is gathered for the winter months for families to survive, they were to present it before Yahweh our God in order to receive the blessing of the appointed time.
Let me pause here, to bring your attention to Yahweh’s appointed times, the ‘modeim’ which are the feast days including the Sabbath. These are the designated times of blessings He set up to sustain His children, His heirs according to the Kingdom lifestyle. When I was seeking God’s blessings in the church I wanted to know how to truly walk in the blessings of the Kingdom. I tried praying fervently in spiritual language believing that God would give the utterances, that I could not understand, clarity to manifest the desires of my heart according to His will.
The Holy Spirit is always in position to serve and lead us to the truth of God’s word. The church taught us to never come before our God empty handed, and we did not question the validity of this statement while bringing all of the “tithes” to the storehouse, we made sure to have an offering. This is truth according to scripture from the beginning, but while we brought our offering as we were instructed first by YHWH our God, we unfortunately were not bringing it at the proper appointed time or in a holy manner according to God after turning away from the Torah, which was harshly translated as ‘law.’ I like to call it an appointment for blessings. The Torah portion this week reads
In Deuteronomy 16:15
15 Seven days you are to keep the festival for Adonai your God in the place Adonai your God will choose, because Adonai your God will bless you in all your crops and in all your work, so you are to be full of joy!
Moshe revisits several times the importance of showing up when God instructed his people to do so with a proper offering and a pure heart. The Moedim are the appointed times or festivals of God. Recalled by Moshe (Moses) also in Deuteronomy 16:16-17
16 “Three times a year all your men are to appear in the presence of Adonai your God in the place which he will choose — at the festival of matzah (Passover), at the festival of Shavu‘ot (Pentecost) and at the festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles). They are not to show up before Adonai empty-handed, 17 but every man is to give what he can, in accordance with the blessing Adonai your God has given you
As always I encourage you to go through and read the Torah Portion as all of the Torah keepers around the world are doing today and allow the Holy Spirit (Ruach Hakodesh) to lead you to all truth as you meditate day and night on His word. Yahweh our God is our portion and in this season He is writing his commands upon our hearts with His own finger.
Jeremiah 31 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Thank you for taking the time to share in my journey “Exodus to Torah”,
*Disclaimer: I am only a student first of the Most High Elohim by the Holy Spirit and then covered in the dust of a rabbi, Rabbi Ralph Messer, teaching us our Hebrew Roots in Scripture. We study biblically based Hebrew no association to Judaism, Kabbalah or Messianic Jewish studies. Each academic achievement given by Yahweh and now my journey through the Torah I share with you. I pray that if you have been seeking God like never before to know Him in a better way, you will find it in the Torah. I am a firm believer that Yahweh knows how to lead and teach us, getting us to the teaching and revelation He so desires. I welcome you to join me as I continue to learn by studying every Sabbath at Simchat Torah Beit Midrash. GospoelCNTRO Magazine’s motto, “The Good News is Christ Never Takes Revelation Out.” Therefore, we should never stop expecting Him to reveal more of Him to us as we seek Him diligently.
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