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Truly history is cyclic, no matter how you want to
philosophy on the matter, the reality is that history is cyclic. Why do I make such statement, because it is
the truth! As much as a duck is a duck,
even if someone with the gift of the gab, just paints it as an exotic bird, it is
still a duck. In this parasha we see the instructions from Moshe about what
needs to happen before they enter the promised land. This are the last words that he spoke before
he was to depart from amongst his people and join his ancestors until the day
of redemption and the resurrection of the dead.
But before we delve on the chapter that I believe
is the core of why we endure hardship and trials, I would like to go back at
the beginning of the last book of the parasha reading cycle, Devarim. Deuteronomy 1:1:These are the
words (אלה הדברים Ele HaDevarim) which Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the
Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah over against Suf, between Paran, and
Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab.
Interesting enough these are the same words that Meshiach spoke to his
talmidim just before he ascended to the right hand of the Father HaShem. Luke 24:44:And He said to
them, These are the words (ויאמר אליהם אלה הדברים Veyomer aleihem ele
hadevarim) which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things
must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses and in the Prophets
and in the Psalms about Me. I
must say I cannot take credit for finding the correlation of these two passages;
Pastor Art Palecek from El Shaddai Ministries pointed this out. But here we see that Moses, the messiah of
the children of Israel, whom was at the forefront of the exodus, was saying like
a father to his children. Listen behave
yourselves remember your past, learn and do not misbehave.
Yeshua does the same thing, however this time around
he did not just leave some instructions and a written Torah, he additionally leaves
a promise that comes to pass in Shavuot, the giving of the Ruach HaKodesh. Instruction on what to do and how to live
life in order to achieve not only personal salvation but also the redemption of
the children of Israel, and its promised land, a combination of Torah and Ruach.
So why I am just looking at one chapter, namely
chapter eight, of this parasha what is so special about this chapter? Well if you look closely there a few
repetitions in the passage, and when repetitions occur anywhere in the Torah,
one must pay attention, as they are not grammatical errors, but rather emphasis
for us to pay attention. Now lets look
at these repetitions, the key words follow:
commandment x5, humble x3, remember x2, perish x3, keep x3, and YHVH
So the passage summates the whole Torah and Brit
HaDasha. Why would I say this? In the garden of Eden YHVH commanded Adam that
he must be fruitful and multiply, here in 8:1 the same commandment is given be
fruitful and multiply. That does not
mean become a fruitarian and a mathematician, no it means, make the best of
your life, it’s a mitzvot, be prosperous, but not the cheap prosperity that has
been going on around. Yeshua himself quotes
the same passages when he was tempted by HaSatan see Devarim 8:3 “but man lives
by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of YHVH”. The whole of the gospel that Yeshua preached
whilst on earth can be found deep within these passages, all you have to do is
Yeshua’s ministry was to return the peoples heart
to HaShem to repent as the kingdom is at hand that was the core of his message,
YHVH is referenced 13 times in this passage, additionally, remember is
mentioned twice and all else points to HaShem, the giver of all things. Keep the Torah and His commandments that you
may live and not perish that was why Yeshua came and gave so much for and to us.
That is the reason why he came and became the
perfect korban so that we may repent, stop doing what we used to do in
contravention with HaShem’s commandments and turn back to Him. He is the way to the Father; through Yeshua
we are now able to approach His Holy courts, as it was in the time of the
tabernacle and sacrificial system, however this time around it was not the
blood of animals but the perfect korban of Messiah.
Another very important message of this parasha is
that the humbling process is ongoing, so that we do not think that we achieved
all things in life through our own strength.
We humans area proud lot, and is for this reason that trials and tribulations
are allowed so us to humble us and recognize that nothing comes out of our own
strength, that all comes from HaShem and without Him we cannot exist. That was the Message found in the Torah, and
the same message that Yeshua taught his Talmidim (disciples) and it continues
to be to this day, an unchanging message of love and redemption, but in order
to get there we need to humble ourselves before we can enter His courts. Nothing unholy shall be in his presence,
pride and holiness is like oil and water. Pride rejects the notion of God and
His existence His Being, however a humble attitude, relies on HaShem’s
presence. It is up to each individual
which way to take. Life has two outcomes
death and life, how we live determines our destination, life at the
resurrection of the dead for those that kept His commandments or death for
those that choose to turn and do their own thing, the ones that chose to be
proud and resisted the call of HaShem.
My choice and my choice alone, no one is forcing me either way, the
question is your pride on the way of your final destination?
One final thought, the final destination should not
be our only goal in life, living the kingdom of God here on earth is another
major part of it. When Yeshua taught us
how to pray, he said “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is
in heaven.” His kingdom has partially
come, we know who the real Messiah is, and that He is coming to establish his
Kingdom on earth, and His will be done on earth as it is on heaven through us
his emissaries, if you follow….Food for though.