My Journey: Torah Portion_Parashah 47: Re’eh (See) Deuteronomy 11:26 –16:17


walkinginthedustThe 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:

Deuteronomy 11:26-28

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:

  1. The Introduction- Chapters 1-4
  2. The Main Body- Chapters 5-26
  3. The Covenant- Chapters 27-28
  4. 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; 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. 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. You may demand that a foreigner repay his debt, but you are to release your claim on whatever your brother owes you. 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 — 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. 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)

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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”,

Prophetess C.C.

 

*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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My Journey: Torah Portion_Parashah 47: Re’eh (See) Deuteronomy 11:26 –16:17

The Counting of the Omer: Day 46 “I Will My Will to You”


 

46 Days

 

 

“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to count the omer: Tonight is be the 46th night of the Omer, which is Six Weeks, and four days.

(Bet)

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.

10 I seek you with all my heart; don’t let me stray from your mitzvot.

11 I treasure your word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you.

12 Blessed are you, Adonai! Teach me your laws.

13 I proclaim with my mouth all the rulings you have spoken.

14 I rejoice in the way of your instruction more than in any kind of wealth.

15 I will meditate on your precepts and keep my eyes on your ways.

16 I will find my delight in your regulations. I will not forget your word.

Mediatation Day 46:  “I Will My Will To You”

There is a deep seated piece of God that lives inside of each of us.  Guess what it is?  The common responses are the soul or the spirit, and while they are correct responses there is still one response, that when you hear it, instantly you know.  The Torah gives us the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to live functional lifestyles.  The response we are looking at today is where the function of it will set another level of understanding how to live boldly, confidently and holy in the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.  The answer is the will of man, or the human will.  Yahweh has given each of us free will to choose our ways of direction at any point of decision making.

The will of man is that piece of God that lives inside each of us.  How can that be, a man’s will can lean toward wickedness or holiness.  The free will of mankind is what makes man the one who has dominion over all animals and fishes of the sea.  The ability to pick and choose who we will serve is what YHWH treasures as we give YHWH authority to speak in our lives.  He gives us the offering in our mind, body and soul as the free will guides what they will.  The meditation title today is “I will my will to you.”  This is a message that we must hear clearly.  We cannot please YHWH or remain in right standing without surrendering our will to him according to His Torah.

In today’s eight versus of Psalm 119, the question of what it will take for one who is pure to remain pure opens the scripture set?  The answer is the word of YHWH.  We hear this often, but we must translate it in YHWH’s terms and hear what He is really asking us to do.  He wants us to turn our will of life toward Him.  How do you know this is what YHWH desires?  The scripture says our ways are not His ways and our thoughts are not His thoughts [Isa. 55:8-9]. This is true, but as we become more aligned with the Moedim, which means God’s appointed times including the Sabbath day and the Holy Feast Days, we begin to understand the patterns that YHWH has set before us to learn of Him.  Our will must align with YHWH’s will if we expect true change in our direction, function and blessing over our lives  .

Loving you enough to share the true,

Prophetess C.C.

 

The Counting of the Omer: Day 46 “I Will My Will to You”

The Counting of the Omer: Day 45 “Expecting a Filling of Joy”


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“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to count the omer: Tonight will be the 45th night of the Omer, which is Six Weeks, and three days.

Day 45 Psalm 119: 1-8

(Alef)

1How happy are those whose way of life is blameless, who live by the Torah of Adonai!

How happy are those who observe his instruction, who seek him wholeheartedly!

They do nothing wrong but live by his ways.

You laid down your precepts for us to observe with care.

May my ways be steady in observing your laws.

Then I will not be put to shame, since I will have fixed my sight on all your mitzvot.

I thank you with a sincere heart as I learn your righteous rulings.

I will observe your laws; don’t completely abandon me!

 

Meditation Day 45: ” Expecting a Filling of Joy”

There are five days remaining as we count up until Shavuot (Pentecost) and the excitement builds!  This life in Torah, I would not exchange for anything in the world.  The Moedim, YHWH’s appointed times have caused me to follow YHWH our God more intentionally with a purpose.  Most of us press in with all of our might to walk intentionally, but it actually becomes a chore of the flesh.  The expectations we only read and hear preached about in the Beit Sefer  never manifest according to what is read in the scriptures.  We end up desensitizing ourselves in the area of expecting greatness from God in our eyes.  The Beit Sefer is the elementary region of Yahweh’s circle of understanding where learning of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice in the church is encouraged.  The Beit Sefer is the birthing place of most of Christianity and the remnant being gathered by YHWH of Torah followers today.

The Torah is often considered in error as a shift from the Lord and Savior toward the law.  The first misconception about this is our Lord and Savior Yeshua HaMashicach (Jesus Christ) remains the center of the entire Bible.  Secondly, there is a misconception that the law was done away with by, of all people, Yeshua (Jesus), but in Matthew 15:17  He clearly informs everyone for thousands of years “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. [CJB].  This is the example that most Christians miss.   Unfortunately, it annihilates the expectation YHWH and Yeshua (Jesus) have us pursuing to follow the example of Yeshua by honoring the Torah.  YHWH desires to move those who can hear to the Beit Midrash, the higher level of understanding our God YHWH and King Yeshua HaMashciach (Jesus Christ).  The highest form of worship is studying.  This is the place YHWH desires for His children to stand in spirit and truth.

If the big brother, who is our keeper, the one everyone in the Christian community speaks about is our example, why then do we know so little about what and how Jesus (Yeshua) studied, lived, worshipped and praised in His life?  But, if I ask you what or who Constantine, Augustine, or Martin Luther studied you will find or know who they studied and believed to develop their ideologies and theologies and accept it.  The one who shed His blood for us, and intentionally walked with us 40 days we know little to nothing about what and how He studied.  During the days Yeshua showed himself after His resurrection , Jesus walked for 40 days during the season of Counting the Omer and ascended into heaven after instructing the apostles to wait for the power in the book of Acts.  The apostles received  the power during the celebration of Shavuout/Pentecost.  If you refuse to study to know, learn, mimic, quote, witness and recall accurately as Yeshua did, what is your purpose of studying the bible?

Yeshua kept the Moedim, and every word of instructions YHWH ever spoke to Him to perform for a life of blessing and anointing. Where did these words come from? According to Yeshua (Jesus), He completes the word of YHWH by walking it out.  Likewise, we are to carry out and fulfill the Torah (properly identified as God’s teaching and instruction, not law, it is only identified as law when it is broken), in our lives.

Were only something I read often, and attempted to force into existence most times.  When you begin to walk according to YHWH’s original intent you are ultimately walking in what Moshe wrote about in Exodus.  I didn’t guess this or make it up in my imagination, I have witnesses out of the scriptures.  According to Yeshua according to John, who references the book of Exodus.  Who is Moshe writing about the people believing, the same is who is not believed in John.  Stop, think about it!

For if you really believed Moshe, you would believe me; because it was about me that he wrote.
Quoting or Remez (referencing):
Exodus 4:1
Moshe replied, “But I’m certain they won’t believe me, and they won’t listen to what I say, because they’ll say, ‘Adonai did not appear to you.’”
When Isra’el saw the mighty deed that Adonai had performed against the Egyptians, the people feared Adonai, and they believed in Adonai and in his servant Moshe.
We count up, because we expect something from YHWH our God on Shavuot.  The expectations can vary for the Torah and Holy Spirit were the first gifts given to all of those who strive to believe in YHWH’s word.  Today I am in expectation of ‘unspeakable joy,’ this can manifest in so many ways.  What excites me most is when YHWH blesses he does not miss a beat, things you were not even expecting are given in abundance.  Oh how I love the Torah!  After many years I now know what I am doing and why I do it.  I can see myself in the scriptures all of the scriptures.   Can you say the same?   This is the season of expectation and it is no small gifting according the pattern YHWH has set.  Reach high and expect the GREAT!  We serve a GREAT and MIGHTY God our YHWH.
Loving you enough to share the truth,
Prophetess C.C.
The Counting of the Omer: Day 45 “Expecting a Filling of Joy”