Thursday, August 13, 2015

Re’eh - D’varim / Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17

D’varim / Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17
This lesson: D’varim 12:29 – 13:18 (parashah #3)

Basic Lessons to be Considered

12:29: The Lord cuts our enemies off, but we must drive them out.
12:30 – 31: Fight any attraction you may have towards your enemies or their practices.  It is their practices that caused the Almighty to cut them off.  Do you really want to be like them?
13:1: I AM Adonai; there is no need to add to or take away from My Words.  My Words are sufficient and complete.
13:2 – 4: Do not be drawn by signs and wonders; they could cause you to be easily led astray.  Do not believe anything that anyone says; verify everything that everyone says.  Be a Berean.
13:5: Regarding the Lord your God, follow Him, fear Him, obey Him, listen (sh’ma) to what He says, worship Him, and cleave to Him.  If we cleave, we cannot be pulled away.
13:6 – 11: Whoever tries to lead you astray is to be stoned, and the ones who are aware of the deception are to be the first to execute judgement.  It does not matter if the individual is a close relative or friend, we are to love the Lord and “hate” everyone else.  (Hate here does not mean hate in the way we take it, but to love less.)
13:12: The example of the perpetrator mentioned above, as well as his punishment will be a warning to all Israel.  Likewise, if the situation occurs to someone else, let it be a warning to you.
13:13 – 15: Should you hear tell of an entire community being led astray, before enacting any judgement, investigate to make sure that the report is accurate.
13:16 – 17: If the accusation is found to be true, then all the townspeople and their livestock is to be struck down by the sword, the spoil is to be brought together to the city’s square, and the whole city is to be burned – never to be rebuilt.
13:18 – 19: Do not take any of the condemned goods, for you will be bringing that condemnation upon yourself.  To be obedient to this will bring HaShem’s compassion upon you, as it was upon your forefathers.  Being obedient, sh’ma-ing all of the Holy One’s directives, and doing what is correct in His eyes is what you are to do – continually.
Finale – There are two incidents that will soon be taking place that I believe we should consider in light of this portion of this week’s reading.  Let us not forget Achan’s deed upon the conclusion of the battle at Jericho (Joshua 7:1 - 26, and let us also consider the telling of the events regarding altar built by the sons of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh in the Trans-Jordan (Joshua 22:10 – 34).


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