Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22
Haftarah - Isaiah 1:1-27, Matthew 24:1-22
“These Are The Words”
Deuteronomy 1:1 - These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan—in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Di-Zahab.
We should always regard the words of Torah new.
No matter how many times we have read it, it should be exciting.
We ought to pray for fresh eyes, a deeper understanding, how can I apply this in a practical way in my life.
It is important that we don’t make it mechanical. We don’t want to read it just to read so we can say we did.
Nobody has earned or deserved The Torah but we live by it.
We know Moses is speaking to the next generation. It is possible some were born in Egypt, others during the wilderness journey.
The title “Deuteronomy” which is derived from the Septuagint has been translated as “Second Law.”
Actually Moses is reviewing The Torah. He is explaining to the next generation the importance of living according to Torah.
Deuteronomy 1:3 - Now Moses spoke to Bnei-Yisrael, according to all Adonai had commanded him for them—in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month,...
Deuteronomy 1:5 - Across the Jordan in the land of Moab, Moses began to explain this Torah saying,
There is only one Torah
Moses is about to “be gathered to his people.”
He is wanting Israel to be equipped for what lies ahead. The battles they will face, how they are to live once they have taken possession of the land and how to continue to dwell there.
Up to this point Moses has been speaking the very words of YHWH as a prophet. Now he is speaking as teacher.
Moses teaches and guides. He chastises and admonishes. He reminds the people of their shortcomings and inspires them with their potential. Never has there been a teacher or a prophet - until Yeshua-even though Moses is gone, his words are still here.
Yeshua was more than a prophet or teacher.
John 1:14 - And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us
In the historical, literal meaning of the words above, it is referring to Yeshua.
But what about today, how does “the word” become flesh?
How does this apply spiritually and how do we apply this to our daily lives?
Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword—piercing right through to a separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Yeshua said this:
Matthew 5:17-19 - “Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets! I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. Amen, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or serif shall ever pass away from the Torah until all things come to pass. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever keeps and teaches them, this one shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
In Devarim we read this:
Deuteronomy 30:11-14 - “For this mitzvah that I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it far off. It is not in the heavens, that you should say, ‘Who will go up for us to the heavens and get it for us, and have us hear it so we may do it?’ Nor is it across the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross over for us to the other side of the sea and get it for us, and have us hear it so we may do it?’ No, the word is very near to you—in your mouth and in your heart, to do it.
How this word becomes “flesh” today is we live it. We ask Yeshua to open our, our ears, our hearts to understand.
We become like little children and see things with child like eyes, child like faith. Matthew 18:4-5; Luke 9:47-48; 18:17
Each time we celebrate the feasts, we celebrate as if it were the first time.
We share each others burdens. Galatians 6:2
We are not to far away from beginning a new Torah cycle. Let’s begin now asking “The Teacher” to reveal new and exciting things in The Torah, things we never seen or understood before. Let’s see it with fresh “eyes, ears and hearts.”