Monday, July 29, 2013

Parashah Ekev / Because Deuteronomy / Devarim 7:12 - 11:25 Make-up assignment for missing class - 7/25/13

Parashah Ekev / Because Deuteronomy / Devarim 7:12 - 11:25

Make-up assignment for missing class - 7/25/13



In presenting this summary of a portion of this parashah, I want to let it be known
that a portion of my thinking, specifically the Strong's definitions, was as a direct
result of a teaching by Pastor Art Palacek of El Shaddai Ministries.  Though
prompted by his presentation, the depth of the teaching is what I feel the Holy One
revealed to me.

I would like to focus on two words that are found in the text of our reading.  Those
words are "cleave" and "stiffnecked".  The Hebrew word for "cleave", as found in
Deuteronomy 10:20 and 11:22 in our reading is H1692 in Strong's Exhaustive
Concordance.   Daw-bak' is: "a prim. root; prop. to impinge, i.e. cling or  adhere;
fig. to catch by pursuit: - abide fast, cleave (fast together), follow close (hard
after), be joined (together), keep (fast), overtake, pursue hard, stick, take"
according to Strong's.

According to the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (TWotOT), 1980,
vol. 1, p. 178,  regarding the verses that I am focusing on, as well as others, it is
written "(I)n these verses parallel words and phrases that describe this proper
attitude to the Lord are: fear, serve, love, obey, swear by his (sic) name, walk in
his (sic) ways, and keep his (sic) commandments."

"Stiffnecked" is a compound word composed of the two words "stiff" and "necked"
in the Hebrew.  "Stiffnecked," from Deuteronomy 9:6, 13, and 10:16 is made up
of the words found in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance H7186 (H7185 in
Dt. 10:16) and H6203.  The terms for "stiff" (H 7186 is a derivative of H7185)
are kaw-shaw' and kaw-sheh'v.   In the Theological Wordbook of the Old
Testament,1980, vol. 2, p. 818, it is written that "(t)he spirit of Israel remained
(for the most part) stubborn, intractable, and non-responsive to the guiding of
their God and of his (sic) Holy Spirit.

Regarding the second part of the compound word (H 6203), ;¤r«m, both Strong's
and the TWotOT (1980, vol. 2, p. 698) agree in meaning.  In the latter reference
book, we are informed that "there are numerous occasions in which Israel is
termed...stiffnecked...Arrogance on the part of the vassal to the suzerain is a form
of rebellion and treason."

I now want to bring these all into focus regarding Deuteronomy 10:20 (KJV),
"Thoushalt fear the Lord thy God; him (sic) shalt thou serve, and to him (sic) shalt
thou cleave, and swear by his (sic) name."

The thought that is expressed by the word "cleave" is the same as from the
definition above - to catch by pursuit.  Is that not what a young man or woman
does or attempts to do to someone whom they see as a potential mate?  Back on
the Mount, nearly 40 years prior, did not Israel willingly enter into  a marriage
contract?  Was, and is not the bride-to-be to pursue her fiancee?  What were
they (Israel) to do when the cloud or pillar of fire moved?  They were to follow it,
and I daresay they were to follow it rather closely!

However, Israel was regarded as stiffnecked.  They were rebellious and obstinate.
The picture presented is actually one of a person turning the back to someone
and, in essence, being in pursuit away from that person.  Who wants to be
engaged to that person?

The end of the verse tells them to "swear by his (sic) name, which clearly goes
along with the meaning of "cleave" according to the TWotOT (see meaning
above).  At the same time, I would like to consider it being somewhat similar
to what most women do at the end of the wedding ceremony; they take their
husband's name.  They identify and are identified with him.  Likewise, he is
identified with anyone bearing his name.

This is not just for Israel, though.  We who are of Him Who created all are
representatives of Him.  That which we say and do is observed closely, for as
ambassadors, and hopefully as the bride of His Son, we are to be like Him; and in
order to be like Him, we must pursue with intent His teachings and ways.  Afterall,
the One Who is the husband-to-be only said and did what His Father told Him
and/or showed Him (John 5:30, 8:28, 8:38, 10:25, 10:32, 10:37, and 14:10).

May His Word ever be true, and may we always continue to pursue both His
Word as our guide, and His Word as the embodiment of the Word and as The
Husband of the bride.

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