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KI THAVO (When You Come)
Deuteronomy 26:1-29:9 (26:1-29:8 in Hebrew)

There are 56 Aleph-Tavs in this week's Torah portion




Tent Of Appointment Moses

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CHAPTER 26

Deuteronomy 26:1-19

Deu 26:1 And shall be, when you come to the land which hwhy, your Elohim, is giving to you of an inheritance, and you shall possesses her, and you shall dwell in her; 2 and you shall take from the first of all the fruits of the ground which you shall bring from your land which hwhy, your Elohim, is giving to you, and shall be put in a woven basket, and you shall walk to the Place which hwhy, your Elohim, shall choose to dwell His Name there. 3 And you shall come to the Priest, who shall exist in those days, and you shall say to him, I am declaring today to hwhy, your Elohim that I have come to the land which hwhy swore to our fathers to give to us. 4 And the Priest shall take the woven basket from your hand, and shall rest him towards the face of the Altar of hwhy, your Elohim. 5 And you shall answer and you shall say to the Face of hwhy, your Elohim, My father was a wondering Aramite, and went down to Egypt, and sojourned there among a few men, and became a great mighty nation there, and were many: 6 And the Egyptians, they were evil to us, and they afflicted us, and they put severe enslavement upon us: 7 and we cried to hwhy, Elohim of our fathers, hwhy heard ta-our voice, and saw ta-our affliction, and ta-our toil, and ta-our oppression: 8 And hwhy brought us out from Egypt on a mighty hand, and on an outstretched arm, and on great terribleness, and on signs, and on wonders: 9 and brought us to this place, and has given to us ta-this land of a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 And now, behold, I have brought ta-the first of the fruits of the ground, which hwhy has given her to me. And you shall rest him towards the Face hwhy, your Elohim, and you shall bow down to the Face of hwhy, your Elohim: 11 and you shall rejoice in all goodness which hwhy, your Elohim, has given to you, and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the stranger who is in your midst.

12 When you have finished to tithe
ta-all of the tithes of your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, and have given her to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan, and to the widow, and they shall eat in your gates, and they shall be filled; 13 And you shall say towards the Face of hwhy, your Elohim, I have consumed the Holy Things from the house, and also have given him to the Levite, and to the stranger, to the orphan, and to the widow, according to all of Your Commandments which You have commanded me: I have not transgressed from Your Commandments, and I did not forget: 14 I have not eaten him in my mourning, and I have not consumed him in uncleanness, and I have not given him to the dead: I have listened in the Voice of hwhy, my Elohim, I have done according to all that You have commanded me. 15 Gaze down from Your Holy Habitation from the heavens, and bless ta-Your People ta-Israel, and ta the ground which You have given her to us, as which You swore to our fathers of a land flowing with milk and honey.

16 This day 
hwhy, your Elohim, commands you to do ta-these Statutes and ta-the Judgments: you shall observe to do them in all of your heart, and in all of your soul. 17 You have declared ta-hwhy today to be to you for Elohim and to walk in His Ways, and to keep His Statutes, and His Commandments, and His Judgments, and to listen in His Voice: 18 And hwhy has declared to you today to be to Him of a People of a Special Treasure as which was spoken to you, and to keep all of His Commandments; 19 And to put yourself high above all of the nations that is made for praise, and for name, and for glory; and for you to be a Holy People to hwhy, your Elohim, as He hath spoken.


(Note: Not all verses will have comments)


Verses one through four

1 And shall be, when you come to the land which hwhy, your Elohim, is giving to you of an inheritance, and you shall possesses her, and you shall dwell in her; 2 and you shall take from the first of all the fruits of the ground which you shall bring from your land which hwhy, your Elohim, is giving to you, and shall be put in a woven basket, and you shall walk to the Place which hwhy, your Elohim, shall choose to dwell His Name there. 3 And you shall come to the Priest, who shall exist in those days, and you shall say to him, I am declaring today to hwhy, your Elohim that I have come to the land which hwhy swore to our fathers to give to us.

The men of Israel who brought their first fruits to Jerusalem, would say this statement, because 
hwhy wanted them to remember the First Word (Commandment) which Moses reiterated multiple times throughout a good part of the Torah, which started in the Torah portion of Yithro, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 20:2 I am hwhy, your Elohim, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.

 Also, in their future, the men would say this in order to make them remember in the future when they observe Passover, their sons would ask them a question which is noted in the Torah portion of Bo, in the book of Genesis

Exodus 12:26 And shall be, when your sons, they shall say to you, What is this service to you? 27 And you shall say, He is the Passover sacrifice to hwhy who passed over the houses of the Sons of Israel in Egypt, in His striking ta-Egypt, and delivered ta-our houses....



Verses four and five

4 And the Priest shall take the woven basket from your hand, and shall rest him towards the face of the Altar of hwhy, your Elohim. 5 And you shall answer and you shall say to the Face of hwhy, your Elohim, My father was a wondering Aramite, and went down to Egypt, and sojourned there among a few men, and became a great mighty nation there, and were many:

This was referring to Jacob. Abraham and Isaac were also wandering Aramites as noted in the Torah portion of Vay-Yeyra and Vay-Yishlakh, in the the book of Genesis

Genesis 20:1 And Abraham pulled up from there to the land of the Negeb, and dwelled between Kadesh and between Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.

Genesis 21:34 And Abraham sojourned in the land of the Philistines many days.

Genesis 35:27 And Jacob came to Isaac, his father, to Mamre, unto the city of the Arbah, she is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned there.

We as believers in the Messiah are also wandering Aramites, wandering from our own lands of this world, and following 
hwhy, our Heavenly Father. We are also spiritual wonderers of this spiritual world in Messiah, and it is based in Yeshua's statement to the Pharisees, which is noted in the Gospel of John

John 8:23 And He said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

The apostle Paul noted this in his letter to the assembly in Ephesus

Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the Household of hwhy;

We who accepted Yeshua are also called the children of Abraham, as the apostle Paul noted in his letter to the assembly at Galatia

Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed hwhy, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that hwhy would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the Gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.



Verses twelve through fifteen

12 When you have finished to tithe ta-all of the tithes of your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, and have given her to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan, and to the widow, and they shall eat in your gates, and they shall be filled; 13 And you shall say towards the Face of hwhy, your Elohim, I have consumed the Holy Things from the house, and also have given him to the Levite, and to the stranger, to the orphan, and to the widow, according to all of Your Commandments which You have commanded me: I have not transgressed from Your Commandments, and I did not forget: 14 I have not eaten him in my mourning, and I have not consumed him in uncleanness, and I have not given him to the dead: I have listened in the Voice of hwhy, my Elohim, I have done according to all that You have commanded me. 15 Gaze down from Your Holy Habitation from the heavens, and bless ta-Your People ta-Israel, and ta the ground which You have given her to us, as which You swore to our fathers of a land flowing with milk and honey.

This is the same information mentioned 
in the Torah portion of R'ey, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 14:
28 with the end of three years, you shall bring ta-all the tithe of your produce in her year, and you shall set in your gates: 29 and the Levite shall come, for is not to him a portion or an inheritance with you, and the stranger, and the orphan, and the widow, which are in your gates, and they shall eat, and they shall be satisfied; by that, hwhy, your Elohim, shall bless you in all of the work of your hand which you shall do.

This is saying that every three years, by the end of the third year, one is to tithe the increase and give it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless and the widow within your gates.

British theologian, Charles John Ellicott, noted this in his
commentary of verse twenty eight of R'ey's passage:

"
This is called by the Jews Ma’aser ‘Ani, “the poor’s tithe.” They regard it as identical with the second tithe, which was ordinarily eaten by the owners at Jerusalem; but in every third and sixth year was bestowed upon the poor."

"The Poor's Tithe" is a good term.



There are four types of people mentioned that are to receive the tithe, and there are reasons for that:

The Levites: They don't have an inheritance
The Strangers: They don't have a place to live
The Widows: They don't have a husband
The Orphans: They don't have a father

All four types of these peoples lack a man figure of some sorts that would provide substance. Both the Levites and the Strangers do not have homes that a man in general is to possess. The widow and the orphan do not have male role models to lead them in the homes.

Jim Staley, formerly of Passion For Truth Ministries, noted that the third year of the tithe would have occurred during the third and sixth years in a seven year cycle, and he based it on the third and sixth days of creation which is noted in the Torah portion of B'reyshith, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 1:9 And Elohim said, Collect the waters from under the heavens to one place, and the dry land, she shall appear, and became so. 10 And Elohim called to the dry land Earth, and to the collection of the waters were called Seas, and Elohim saw for goodness. 11 And Elohim said, The earth, she will sprout sprouts, the herb will seeding seed, and fruit trees will make fruit to his kind which is in him seed upon the earth, and became so. 12 And the earth, she brought out sprouts, the herb seeded seed to his kind, and trees made fruit which is in him seed to his kind. And Elohim saw for goodness. 13 And became mixing period (evening), and became breaking (morning): Third day.

Genesis 1:26 And Elohim said, We shall make Adam in our image according to our likeness, and shall rule over the fishes of the sea and over the birds of the heavens, and over the animals and over all the earth, and among all creepers that creep upon the earth. 27 And Elohim created ta-the Adam in His Image, created him in the Image of Elohim, created them male and female. 28 And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said to them, Fructify and multiply, and fill ta-the earth, and subdue her. 29 And Elohim said, Behold, I have given to you ta-every herb seeding seed which is upon the face of all of the earth, and ta-every tree which in him is the fruit of the tree seeding seed shall be to you for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to every creeper upon the earth which in him having a living soul, ta-every green herb shall be for food, and became so. 31 And Elohim saw ta-all that was made, and behold were much goodness. And became mixing period (evening), and became breaking (morning): Sixth day.

The point Jim Staley made was that the third day was the day 
hwhy
made the herbs (and could be grain as well) and the fruit trees, and the sixth day was when He made mankind.







CHAPTER 27

Deuteronomy 27:1-26

Deu 27:1 And Moses and the Elders of Israel commanded
ta-the People, to say, Keep ta-all of the Commandments which I am commanding you today. 2 And shall be in the day when you go over ta-the Jordan to the land which hwhy, your Elohim, is giving to you, that you shall erect great stones, and plaster them in plaster: 3 And you shall write upon them all the Words of this Torah in your going over, by that, when you go to the land which hwhy, your Elohim, is giving to you of a land flowing with milk and honey; as which hwhy, Elohim of your fathers, had spoke to you. 4 And shall be in your going over the Jordan, you shall erect ta-these stones on Mount Ebal, which I am commanding you today, and you shall plaster them in plaster. 5 And you shall build there an altar to hwhy, your Elohim, of an altar of stones: you shall not strike an iron item upon them. 6 You shall build ta-the altar of hwhy, your Elohim, of whole stones: and you shall elevate upon him Elevation Offerings to hwhy, your Elohim: 7 And you shall sacrifice Peace Offerings, and you shall eat there, and you shall rejoice towards the Face of hwhy, your Elohim. 8 And you shall write ta-all of the Words of this Torah,  well engraved, upon the stones.

9 And Moses and the Priests, the Levites, spoke to all Israel, to say, Be silent, and hear, Israel; this day you have become for a People to
hwhy, your Elohim. 10 And you shall take heed in the Voice of hwhy, your Elohim, and you shall do ta-His Commandments and ta-His Statutes which I am commanding you today.

11 And Moses commanded
ta-the People in his day, to say, 12 These, they shall stand to bless ta-the People upon Mount Gerizim in your going over ta-the Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin: 13 and these, they shall stand upon the curse on Mount Ebal; Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.

14 And the Levites shall answer, and they shall say to all the Men of Israel of a loud voice,

15 Cursed is the man who makes a vessel and a molten image, an abomination to 
hwhy, the work of the hands of a craftsman, and puts in a secret place. And all the people, they shall answer, and they shall say, Amen.

16 Cursed is a despiser of his father and his mother. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

17 Cursed is a remover of the border of his neighbor. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

18 Cursed is a strayer of the blind in the way. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

19 Cursed is a wrestler of the judgment of a stranger, an orphan and a widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.

20 Cursed is a layer with the wife of his father; for has uncovered the skirt of his father. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

21 Cursed is a layer with any animal. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

22 Cursed is a layer with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

23 Cursed is a layer with his mother-in-law. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

24 Cursed is a striker of his neighbor in the secrecy. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

25 Cursed is a taker of a bribe to strike a soul of innocent blood. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

26 Cursed who does not lift up all of
ta-the Words of this Torah to do them. And all of the People shall say, Amen.


(Note: Not all verses will have comments)


Verse four

4 And shall be in your going over the Jordan, you shall erect ta-these stones on Mount Ebal, which I am commanding you today, and you shall plaster them in plaster.

Looking at the word PLASTER

The Hebrew word for plaster is "seed"- Shin, Yod, Dalet (dys). It is from Strong's Concordance number 7874, and its definition

A primitive root probably meaning to boil up (compare H7736); used only as denominative from H7875; to plaster: - plaister.

from 7875 "seed" (
dys), and its definition

From H7874; lime (as boiling when slacked): - lime, plaister.

from 7736 "shood" (
dws), and its definition

A primitive root; properly to swell up, that is, figuratively (by implication of insolence) to devastate: - waste.

This is where we get our modern English word "sod". There was not another altar like it, and it was convenient that it was under Joshua's watch (in Hebrew, Y'hoshua, meaining "Yah Saves") that the altar on Mount Ebal was made. Thus Yeshua (Hebrew for "salvation") is the Living Word made Flesh. Since flesh originally came from the dirt, or the "sod", it was clear that this altar represented Yeshua, the Living Word who became Flesh which is noted in the Gospel of John

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. 2 The Same was in the beginning with Elohim. 3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.... 14 And the Word was made Flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His Glory, the Glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

!!!hwhy Kl dbk




Verse five

5 And you shall build there an altar to hwhy, your Elohim, of an altar of stones: you shall not strike an iron item upon them.

This was fulfilled in the book of Joshua

Joshua 8:30 Then Joshua built an altar unto hwhy Elohim of Israel on Mount Ebal, 31 As Moses the servant of hwhy commanded ta-the Sons of Israel, as it is written in the scroll of the Torah of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they elevated Elevation Offerings unto hwhy, and sacrificed Peace Offerings. 32 And he wrote there upon the stones ta a copy of the Torah of Moses, which he wrote toward the faces of the Sons of Israel.

This is similar to what King Solomon did when he was building the Temple of 
hwhy
in Jeruslaem, which is noted in the book of the Kings

1 Kings 6:7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.

The altar on Mount Ebal, as well as the Temple of 
hwhy
, were types and shadows of Yeshua, who was the Word made flesh as noted in the Gospel of John, which I noted earlier.

These two altars by Joshua and King Solomon were made in the land of Israel.



Verse seven

7 And you shall sacrifice Peace Offerings, and you shall eat there, and you shall rejoice towards the Face of hwhy, your Elohim.

Jacob and Laban made a covenant and did this similar thing, and it is noted in the Torah portion of Vay-Yeytsey, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 31:44 And now come, we will cut a covenant, me and you; and be for a witness between me and between you. 45 And Jacob took a stone and erected her of a pillar. 46 And Jacob said to his brothers, Gather stones; And they took stones, and they made a heap: and they ate there upon the heap. 47 And Laban called to him Jegar Sahadutha: and Jacob called to him Galeed. 48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and between you today. Upon thus was called his name Galeed; 49 And the Mizpah; which was said, hwhy shall watch between me and between you, for we are absent a man from his neighbor. 50 If you shall afflict ta-my daughters, and if you take wives over my daughters, no man is with us; See, Elohim is a witness between me and between you. 51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold the pillar, which I have pointed out between me and between you; 52 This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I, I will not pass over ta-this heap to you, and that you, you will not pass over ta-this heap and ta-this pillar to me, for evil. 53 The Elohim of Abraham, and the Elohim of Nahor, the Elohim of their father, shall judge between us. And Jacob sware in the fear of his father Isaac. 54 Then Jacob sacrificed a sacrifice on the mountain, and called to his brothers to eat bread: and they ate bread, and they lodged on the mountain.

Just like what Joshua and the Israelites would do at Mount Ebal.

Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries noted that we in Yeshua are living stones. Adding on to this, we are the living stones that build His Altar. As Yeshua pours His blood upon us, the "plaster of the Word", covering our sins, we as living stones as part of His Altar are being poured by His blood continually, like a sacrifice's blood being poured on the altar at the Tent of Appointment.



Verse nine

9 And Moses and the Priests, the Levites, spoke to all Israel, to say, Be silent, and hear, Israel; this day you have become for a People to hwhy, your Elohim.

This is the first time that Moses said this to the Israelites, "be silent". He did not have to say this to them before. Was there talking among the Israelites when Moses said this to them, or was Moses really saying "Close your mouth and open your ears"? It was most likely that it was the latter.

It is similar to what King David noted in the book of the Psalms

Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am Elohim:

The apostle James could have noted this verse from this week's Torah portion passage indirectly in his epistle

James1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:



Verse ten

10 And you shall take heed in the Voice of hwhy, your Elohim, and you shall do ta-His Commandments and ta-His Statutes which I am commanding you today.

On the day
hwhy
spoke the Ten Words (Commandments) to the People with thunder, lightning and sounds in the Thick Cloud at Mount Sinai, the Israelites said to Moses in the Torah portion of Yithro, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 20:19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not Elohim speak with us, lest we die.

The reason for Moses saying this in this week's Torah portion passage, because, for one, Moses was about to die, and Joshua was about to take over the leadership. Moses wants the Men of Israel to hear hwhy's Voice themselves, by telling them, "You hear hwhy's Voice".



Verses eleven through thirteen

11 And Moses commanded ta-the People in his day, to say, 12 These, they shall stand to bless ta-the People upon Mount Gerizim in your going over ta-the Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin: 13 and these, they shall stand upon the curse on Mount Ebal; Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.

Looking at the word GERAZIM

The Hebrew word for Gerazim "G'ree-zeem"- Gimel, Resh, Zayim, Yod, Mem Sophit (
Myzrg). It is from Strong's Concordance number 1630, and its definition

Plural of an unused noun from H1629 (compare H1511), cut up (that is, rocky); Gerizim, a mountain of Palestine: - Gerizim.

from 1629 "gah-rahz" (
zrg), and its definition

A primitive root; to cut off: - cut off.

This is the mountain they would say the blessings. One can say that those who receive the blessings would "cut off" their enemies from the land. Also notice that this word sounds a lot like our modern English word "grazing". A domesticated animal, like a cow, "grazes" on grass. This also means that if the Israelites obey 
hwhy's Word, they would be blessed with the fruitness of the land, and they would be able to "graze" the land. This also applies to us as believers if we obey our Heavenly Father, that we would be blessed and we can spiritually "graze" the benefits of His blessings, whether by missions, congregations, ministries, etc.

I noticed that it did not say either Ephraim and Manasseh, but "Joseph". Why? Becuase it reveals that the tribe of Levi is  mentioned as one of the six tribes to go up to Mount Gerizim. This would be the first time that the Tribe of Levi was mentioned as part of the twelve tribes. Why were they included to go on the mountain? Because they are part of the twelve tribes of Israel who would settle in the land, and 
hwhy wanted that particular tribe to be part of the six tribes to provide the blessing. This is symbolic, and it signifies that a certain future "Levite" will come to earth to provide "eternal blessings", and provide them to be "cut off" from the world. That Levite is "Yeshua", the last legitimate Levitical High Priest on earth, and was and still is the Eternal High Priest after the order of Melki Tsedek.

Indirectly related, the tribe of Levi are also mentioned to be part of the 144,000 in the end times that will have the seal of hwhy on their foreheads which is noted in the book of Revelation

Revelation 7:7 ...Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand....


Looking at the word EBAL

The Hebrew word for Ebal is "Ey-vahl"- Ayin, Yod, Bet, Lamed (
lbye). It is from Strong's Concordance number 5858, and its definition

Perhaps from an unused root probably meaning to be bald; bare; Ebal, a mountain of Palestine: - Ebal.

This is the mountain they were to use for the cursings. This Hebrew word is where we most likely get our modern English word "bald", with the "d" most likely added later throughout the centuries. If the Israelites did not obey the Word of 
hwhy, their land would be "bald". This also applies to us as believers if we don't disobey the Heavenly Father's will, we will not be blessed, and our spiritual fruition will we "bald".

These two mountains were located in Shechem. Jim Staley, formerly of Passion For Truth Ministries, noted that it was the same location that Abram journeyed from the Kasdim, as noted in the Torah portion of Lekh L'kha, in the book of Genesis.

Genesis 12:6 And Abram passed over in the land unto the place of Shechem, unto the oak of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. 7 And hwhy appeared to Abram, and said, To your seed will I give ta-this land: and built there an altar to hwhy that appeared to him.

As Bill Cloud of Shoreshim Ministries, and Brad Scott of Wildbranch Ministry says that history repeats itself. This is the very case when the Israelites will cross over the Jordan to the land that they will be arriving at the very place their ancestor Abraham made an altar to 
hwhy
after hwhy talked to him to leave the land of his nativity. Jim Staley also noted that Shechem was also the place where Jacob buried all the idols whom his household and his servants possessed which is noted in the Torah portion of Vay-Yishlakh, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 35:1 And Elohim said to Jacob, Arise, ascend to Beth El, and dwell there: and make there an altar to The El, the One appeared to you in your fleeing from the face of Esau your brother. 2 And Jacob said to his house, and to all who were with him, Put away ta-the foreign elohim that are in your midst, and purify, and change your clothing: 3 And we will arise, and we will ascend to Beth El; and I will make there an altar unto The El, the One answering me in the day of my distress (trouble, tribulation), and was with me in the way which I went. 4 And they gave to Jacob ta all the foreign elohim which were in their hand, and ta-their rings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak tree which was within Shechem.

Jim Staley noted the word Moreh, during the time of Abraham mentioned above.

Looking at the word MOREH

The Hebrew word for Moreh is "Moh-reh"- Mem, Vav, Resh, Heh (
hrwm
). It is from Strong's Concordance number 4176, and its definition

The same as H4175; Moreh, a Canaanite; also a hill (perhaps named from him): - Moreh.

from 4175 "moh-reh"
(hrwm), and its definition

From H3384; an archer; also teacher or teaching; also the early rain (see H3138): - (early) rain.

from 3384 "yah-rah" (
hry
or ary), and its definition

A primitive root; properly to flow as water (that is, to rain); transitively to lay or throw (especially an arrow, that is, to shoot); figuratively to point out (as if by aiming the finger), to teach: -  (+) archer, cast, direct, inform, instruct, lay, shew, shoot, teach (-er, -ing), through.

This last term is the same Hebrew root word where we get "Torah". Jim Staley connected Moreh to Jacob's account where he buried the foreign elohim under the tree.



Verses fourteen through twenty five

14 And the Levites shall answer, and they shall say to all the Men of Israel of a loud voice,

15 Cursed is the man who makes a vessel and a molten image, an abomination to 
hwhy, the work of the hands of a craftsman, and puts in a secret place. And all the people, they shall answer, and they shall say, Amen.

16 Cursed is a despiser of his father and his mother. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

17 Cursed is a remover of the border of his neighbor. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

18 Cursed is a strayer of the blind in the way. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

19 Cursed is a wrestler of the judgment of a stranger, an orphan or a widow. And all of the people shall say, Amen.

20 Cursed is layer with the wife of his father; for has uncovered the skirt of his father. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

21 Cursed is a layer with any animal. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

22 Cursed is a layer with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

23 Cursed is a layer with his mother-in-law. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

24 Cursed is a striker of his neighbor in the secrecy. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

25 Cursed is a taker of a bribe to strike a soul of innocent blood. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

Indirectly realted to verse eighteen, Yeshua related to His disciples of the blind leading the blind which is noted in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 15:12 Then came His disciples, and said unto Him, Knowest Thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13 But He answered and said, Every plant, which My Heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Yeshua also accused the Pharisees for being blind as is also noted in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 23:16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! 17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?... 19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?... 24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.... 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Notice that there are twelve curses in this Torah portion segment, which are equivalent to the amount of the twelve tribes.

These images are the mountains of Gerizim and Ebal in Shechem, known today as Nablus.

Mount Gerazim, Mount Ebal

Mount Ebal, Mount Gerizim



As I mentioned in the Torah portion R'ey, according to Bill Cloud of Shoreshim Ministries, the two mountains resemble the shoulder pieces of the High Priest. This image shows relation to the high priest's shoulder pieces to the two mountains

Mount Gerazim, Mount Ebal


Jim Staley, formerly of Passion For Truth Ministries, noted that Mount Gerizim has greenery, while Mount Ebal is bare with rocks and stone.


These are images of Joshua's Altar located on Mount Ebal

Joshua's Altar Joshua's Altar

Joshua's Altar Joshua's Altar

Joshua's Altar Joshua's Altar




Verse twenty six

26 Cursed who does not lift up all of ta-the Words of this Torah to do them. And all of the People shall say, Amen.

Monte Judah of Lion and Lamb Ministries noted that the apostle Paul took this week's Torah portion passage and applied it in his letter to the assembly in Rome

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of hwhy;

Though 
hwhy
wanted them to do all of His Torah, He knew that was humanely impossible. Adding on to Monte's note, Yeshua was the only one that could do all the Torah perfectly, because He was perfect. He lives in us, so that He can do the Torah through us as long as we submit to Him.



Each verse begins with the word "cursed"

Looking at the word CURSE

The Hebrew word curse is "ah-rahr"- Aleph, Resh, Resh (
rra
). It is from Strong's Concordance number 779, and its definition

A primitive root; to execrate: -  X bitterly curse.

This is where we get our modern English word "error".

Monte Judah of Lion and Lamb Ministries noted a connection to the curses in the apostle Paul's letter to the assembly in Galatia

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the Torah are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the Torah to do them.

Monte also noted that these issues related to these curses are related to things that are done "in secret", and he's right. All these issues are done behind close doors.


Jim Staley asked the question "Is the altar Joshua erected in Shechem, the same location of Moreh where Abraham was located and where Jacob buried the strange elohim"? It is probable.

Indirectly related

In ending this chapter, Ephraim Judah of Lion and Lamb Ministries noted that the word "Amen" is used only fourteen times in the Torah, and they were used "only" when there were curses. Twelve of them occur in this chapter, and the other two regards the woman who takes the Oath of the Cursing if her husband has a Spirit of Jealousy come upon him against her by saying that she has commited adultery with another man, which is noted in the Torah portion of B'midbar, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 5:21 And the Priest shall make ta-the woman swear on an Oath of the Cursing, and the Priest shall say to the woman, hwhy shall put a curse with you and of an oath in the midst of your People in hwhy making ta-your genitals fall off, and ta-your womb shall swell; 22 And the waters that curse these, they shall go in your uterus to swell the womb, and to make the genitals fall off: and the womans shall say, Amen, amen.







CHAPTER 28

Deuteronomy 28:1-68

Deu 28:1 And shall be, if listening, you shall listen in the Voice of 
hwhy, your Elohim, to observe to do all of ta-His Commandments which I am commanding you this day, and hwhy, your Elohim, will set you high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you, and shall overtake you, if you will listen in the Voice of hwhy, your Elohim. 3 Blessed you shall be in the city, and blessed you shall be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your belly, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your animals, the offspring of your oxen, and the enrichment of your flock. 5 Blessed shall be your weaving basket and your kneading trough. 6 Blessed you shall be in your coming in, and blessed you shall be in your going out. 7 hwhy shall give ta-your enemies that shall rise up upon you to be smitten towards your face: they shall come out to you in one direction, and in seven directions, they shall flee towards your face.

hwhy shall command you ta-the blessing in your storehouses, and in all you lay your hand; and shall bless you in the land which hwhy, your Elohim, is giving to you. 9 hwhy shall establish you to Himself of a Holy People as which has sworn to you if you shall keep ta-the Commandments of hwhy, your Elohim, and you walk in His ways. 10 And all peoples of the earth, they shall see by the Name of hwhy is called out upon you; and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And hwhy shall make you plenteous toward goods, in the fruit of your belly, and in the fruit of your animals, and in the fruit of your ground upon the ground which hwhy swore to your fathers to give to you. 12 hwhy shall open to you ta-His Good Treasure House of ta-the heavens to give the rain to your land in His Timing, and to bless all of the work of your hand: and you shall lend many nations, and you, you shall not borrow. 13 And hwhy shall set you by the head, and not by the tail; and you shall be only by above, and you shall not be by beneath; if you listen to the Commandments of hwhy, your Elohim which I am commanding you today, to observe and to do them: 14 and you shall not turn rightward or leftward from any of the Words, which I am commanding you today, to walk after other elohim to serve them.

15 And shall be, if you will not listen to the Voice of 
hwhy, your Elohim, to observe to do ta-all of His Commandments and His Statutes which I am commanding you today; and shall come upon you all of these curses, and shall overtake you:

16 Cursed you shall be in the city, and cursed you shall be in the field. 17 Cursed shall be your weaving basket and your kneading trough. 18 Cursed shall be the fruit of your belly, and the fruit of your ground, the offspring of your oxen, and the enrichment of your flock. 19 Cursed you shall be in your coming in, and cursed you shall be in your going out. 20 
hwhy shall send on you ta-the curse, and ta-the vexation (trouble, tumult), and ta-the rebuke in all you send your hand which you shall do until you are destroyed, and until you perish hastily; from the face of evil of your doings, which you have forsaken Me. 21 hwhy shall make ta-the pestilence cling on you, until He has rid you from upon the ground which you are going there to possess her. 22 hwhy shall strike you on the emaciation, and on the fever, and with the inflammation, and on the extreme burning, and on the sword, and on the scorching, and on the paleness; and they shall pursue you until you perish.

23 And your heavens which are upon your head shall be copper, and the earth which is under you shall be iron. 24 And
hwhy shall give ta-the rain of your land powder and dust: shall descend upon you from the heavens until you are destroyed.

25 
hwhy shall give you to be smitten towards the face of your enemies: in one direction you shall go against them, and in seven directions you shall flee towards his face: and you shall be of a trembling to all of the kingdoms of the earth. 26 And your carcass shall be for food for all birds of the heavens, and for the animals of the earth, and shall not be terrified.

27 
hwhy shall strike you on the boils of Egypt, and on the hemorroids, and on the scab, and on the itch, which you are not able to be healed. 28 hwhy shall strike you on madness, and on blindness, and on astonishment of heart:

29 And you shall be groping in the noonday, as which shall grope the blind in darkness, and you shall not prosper
ta-your ways: and you shall be only oppressed and plundered all of the days, and none shall be saved.

30 You shall betroth a woman, and another man shall lie with her: you shall build a house, and you shall not dwell in him: you shall plant a vineyard, and you shall not begin gathering.

31 Your ox shall be slaughtered towards your eyes, and you shall not eat of him: your donkey shall be robbed from your face, and shall not be returned to you: your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and none to you shall be saved.

32 Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall see and shall fail to them all of the day: and shall be nothing to power your hand.

33 The fruit of your ground and all of your toils shall be eaten by a nation whom you do not know; and you shall be only oppressed and crushed all of the days:

34 And you shall be with madness from the sight of your eyes which you shall see. 35 
hwhy shall strike you on an evil boil upon the knees and upon the legs which you are not able to heal, from the sole of your foot unto your crown.

36 
hwhy shall have you and ta-your king whom you will raise upon you go to a nation which you and your fathers have not known; and you shall serve other elohim of wood and stone, 37 and you shall be for an astonishment, for a proverb, and for a taunt among all of the peoples where hwhy shall drive you there.

38 You shall carry out much seed to the field, and you shall gather little; for the locust shall devour him.

39 You shall plant vineyards, and you shall serve, and you shall not drink of the wine, and you shall not harvest; for the worms, they shall eat.

40 Olive trees shall be to you in all of your border, and oil you shall not anoint; for your olives shall be plucked off.

41 You shall birth sons and daughters, and they shall not be for you; for they shall go in the captivity.

42 All of your trees and the fruits of your ground shall the locust possess.

43 The stranger who is your midst shall ascend upon you upward and upward; and you shall descend downward and downward.

44 He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him: he shall be by the head, and you, you shall be by the tail.

45 And all of these curses shall come upon you
, and shall pursue you, and shall overtake you until you are destroyed; for you did not listen in the Voice of hwhy, your Elohim, to keep His Commandments and His Statutes which was commanded you: 46 and they shall be on you for a sign, and for a wonder and on your seed unto ages, 47 under which you did not serve ta-hwhy, your Elohim, in joyfulness and in goodness of heart from much of all; 48 And you shall serve ta-your enemies which hwhy shall send against you in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness and in want of all: and shall put a yoke of iron upon your neck until He has destroyed you. 49 hwhy shall lift up a nation upon you from afar, from the ends of the earth, as which the eagle flies; a nation of whom his tongue you have not heard; 50 a fierce nation of faces who shall not regard faces to the old or the young: 51 And shall eat the fruit of your animals and the fruit of your land until you are destroyed: who shall not remain for you grain, new wine, or oil, or the offspring of your oxen or the increase of your flock until He has destroyed you. 52 And shall be besieged to you in all of your gates until your high and fortified walls shall be descended which you have trusted in them in all of your land: and shall besiege to you in all of your gates in all of your land which hwhy, your Elohim, is giving to you.

53 And you shall eat the fruit of your belly, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters, which 
hwhy, your Elohim, has given to you, in the siege and in the distress which your enemy shall distress to you: 54 the tender man among you and his much delicate eye, she shall be evil against his brother, and against the wife of his bosom, and against the remnant of his sons who shall remain: 55 giving to one of them from the flesh of his sons whom shall be eaten: from not was left to him anything in the siege and in the distress which your enemies shall distress to you in your gates. 56 The tender and delicate female among you who did not adventure to set the sole of her foot to place upon the ground with delicateness and tenderness, her eye, she shall be evil against the man of her bosom, and against her son, and against her daughter, 57 and against her newborn that came out from between her feet, and against her son which she ladded: for she shall eat them in want of all in the secrecy, in the siege, and in the distress which your enemy shall distress you in your gates.

58 If you will not observe to do
ta-all the Words of this Torah that are written in this Scroll, to fear ta-this Glorious and Fearful Name, ta YEHOWAH YOUR ELOHIM; 59 and hwhy will make wondrous ta-your plagues, and ta the plagues of your seed shall be great and continuous plagues and evil and continuous sicknesses, 60 and shall bring on you ta all of the diseases of Egypt which you were afraid from their faces; and they shall cling on you. 61 Also every sickness and every plague which is not written in the Scroll of this Torah, hwhy shall ascend them upon you until you are destroyed. 62 And you shall remain among a few men under which you were as the stars of the heavens for a multitude; for you would not listen in the Voice of hwhy, your Elohim.

63 And shall be, as which
hwhy rejoiced upon you to do you good and to multiply you; so shall hwhy will rejoice upon you to perish you and to make you desolate; and you shall be rooted from upon the ground which you are going there to possess her, 64 and hwhy shall disperse you among all the peoples from the end of the earth and unto the end of the earth; and there you shall serve other elohim of wood and stone which you and your fathers have not known. 65 And you shall not find ease among these nations, and shall not be rest for the sole of your foot: and hwhy shall give to you there a heart of trembling, and a failing of the eyes, and a sorrowing of the soul: 66 and your life shall be of uncertainty to you from before; and you shall be afraid nightly and daily, and you shall not have surety of your life: 67 In the morning you shall say, That evening shall give!, and in the evening you shall say, That morning shall give!, From the dreadness of your heart which you shall dread, and from the sight of your eyes which you shall see. 68 And hwhy shall return you to Egypt on ships on the way which I said to you, You shall not to see her again anymore: and you shall be sold to your enemies for male slaves and for female slaves, and no one shall buy.


(Note: Not all verses will have comments)


VERSES ONE THROUGH FOURTEEN

Verse seven

hwhy shall give ta-your enemies that shall rise up upon you to be smitten towards your face: they shall come out to you in one direction, and in seven directions, they shall flee towards your face.

King David probably based
this week's Torah portion passage in the book of the Psalms

Psalms 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.



Verse fourteen

14 and you shall not turn rightward or leftward from any of the Words, which I am commanding you today, to walk after other elohim to serve them.

Israel did exactly that after they had settled in the land within years after Joshua died, and from the book of the Judges to their exile and captivity in the book of the Kings and Chronicles, and during the time of Yeshua until their dispersion forty years after His resurrection.

Indirectly related, this is similar to Yeshua said to His disciples to not follow false Messiahs and false prophets. It is noted in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke

Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in My Name, saying, I am Messiah; and shall deceive many.... 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.... 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Messiah, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Messiahs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth: behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.

Luke 21:8 And He said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in My Name, saying, I am; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.


This segment of this chapter can be compared to Psalms ninety-one

Psalms 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of hwhy, He is my Refuge and my Fortress: my Elohim; in Him will I trust. 3 Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under His Wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy Shield and Buckler. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because thou hast made hwhy, which is my Refuge, even the Most High, thy Habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. 14 Because He hath set His Love upon me, therefore will I deliver Him: I will set Him on high, because He hath known my name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer Him: I will be with Him in trouble; I will deliver Him, and honour Him. 16 With long life will I satisfy Him, and shew Him my salvation.



VERSES FIFTEEN THROUGH TWENTY NINE

Verses twenty three and twenty four

23 And your heavens which are upon your head shall be copper, and the earth which is under you shall be iron. 24 And hwhy shall give ta-the rain of your land powder and dust: shall descend upon you from the heavens until you are destroyed.

This was a very harsh and severe judgment by making the heavens and the earth so hard that 
hwhy was to make them like solid metals. This could be Israel's potential reaping by making their hearts hard like stone, but in this case they would make their hearts symbolically like "copper and iron".



Verses twenty seven and twenty eight

27 hwhy shall strike you on the boils of Egypt, and on the hemorroids, and on the scab, and on the itch, which you are not able to be healed. 28 hwhy shall strike you on madness, and on blindness, and on astonishment of heart:

Looking at the word ITCH

The Hebrew word for itch is "kheh-rehs"- Khet, Resh, Samek (
orx
). It is from Strong's Concordance number 2775, and its definition

From an unused root meaning to scrape; the itch; also (perhaps from the mediating idea of H2777) the sun: - itch, sun.


This is where we get our modern English word "harass", for it is harassing to continuously bear an itch that cannot be stopped. This could be an indirectly related connection to the apostle Paul pleading to the Heavenly Father regarding the thorn of his flesh as he noted in his letter to the assembly in Corinth

2 Corinthians 12:5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought hwhy thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My Grace is sufficient for thee: for My Strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the Power of Messiah may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Messiah's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Paul's thorn was like a symbolic itch that hwhy would not take away from Paul. How many of us are experiencing our own "thorns", our symbolic itches.



Verse twenty nine

29 And you shall be groping in the noonday, as which shall grope the blind in darkness,...

Looking at the word NOONDAY

The Hebrew word for noonday is "tsoh-hahr"- Tsade, Heh, Resh (
rhu
). It is from Strong's Concordance number 6672, and its definition

From H6671; a light (that is, window); dual double light, that is, noon: - midday, noon (-day, -tide), window.

from 6671 "tsah-hahr"
(rhu), and its definition

A primitive root; to glisten; used only as denominative from H3323, to press out oil: - make oil.

Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries noted a connection of this week's Torah portion passage to the book of the prophet Amos

Amos 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith Adonai hwhy, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: 10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

The word "noon" is the same Hebrew word "tsohar". Then Mark tied this prophecy to an account in the Gospel of Luke

Luke 23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

The sixth hour of the day was at "noon", and the sun- a symbol of the Heavenly Father- which was based on Joseph's second dream that the sun, the moon and the stars would bow and worshipped him, in the Torah portion of Vay-Yeyshev, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 37:9 
9 And dreamed yet another dream, and told him to his brothers, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream still; and behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars were bowing down to me. 10 And was told to his father, and to his brothers: and his father rebuked against him, and said to him, What is this dream that you hast dreamed? That coming, I
[the sun] and your mother [the moon] and your brothers [the stars]we shall come to bow to you to the earth?

The Heavenly Father, the symbol of the sun, symbolically turned His face away from His son, Yeshua by symbolically causing the sun to be supernaturally dark, while Yeshua was crucified on the cross. This fulfilled the "Noonday Phophecy" in the book of Amos as well as this Torah portion verse. Thank you Abba Father for Mark Biltz, and thank you Mark for revealing this.

!!!hwhy Kl dbk




VERSES FORTY FIVE THROUGH FIFTY SEVEN

Verses fifty three through fifty seven

53 And you shall eat the fruit of your belly, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters, which hwhy, your Elohim, has given to you, in the siege and in the distress which your enemy shall distress to you: 54 the tender man among you and his much delicate eye, she shall be evil against his brother, and against the wife of his bosom, and against the remnant of his sons who shall remain: 55 giving to one of them from the flesh of his sons whom shall be eaten: from not was left to him anything in the siege and in the distress which your enemies shall distress to you in your gates. 56 The tender and delicate female among you who did not adventure to set the sole of her foot to place upon the ground with delicateness and tenderness, her eye, she shall be evil against the man of her bosom, and against her son, and against her daughter, 57 and against her newborn that came out from between her feet, and against her son which she ladded: for she shall eat them in want of all in the secrecy, in the siege, and in the distress which your enemy shall distress you in your gates.

There is a Biblical account of this curse, and it is noted in the book of the Kings

2 Kings 6:26 And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king. 27 And he said, If hwhy do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? Out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress? 28 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow. 29 So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son. 30 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh.

The judgment came upon them during the reign of King Jehoram, who says was the son of Ahab, but was really his son-in-law, as I made note in my teaching "Joram And Jehoram". It was on his watch that this curse was manifested in the Northern Kingdom of the Ten Northern Tribes of Israel.

This curse also took place in Jerusalem around 70 AD. Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian, was alive during the destruction of Jerusalem. He archived the account in his book series "The Wars of the Jews". This account regarding barbaric practices is located in Book six, chapter three, starting on section four

Book VI, Chapter III, Section 4 (Entire)

Another Description Of The Terrible Famine That Was In The City

"4. Now there was a certain woman that dwelt beyond Jordan, her name was Mary; her father was Eleazar, of the village Bethezub, which signifies the House of Hyssop. She was eminent for her family and her wealth, and had fled away to Jerusalem with the rest of the multitude , and was with them besieged therein at this time. The other effects of this woman had been already seized upon; such I mean as she had brought with her out of Perea, and removed to the city. What she had treasured up besides, as also what food she had contrived to save, had also been carried off by the rapacious guards, who came every day running into her house for that purpose. This put the poor woman into a very great passion, and by the frequent reproaches and imprecations she cast at these rapacious villains, she had provoked them to anger against her; but none of them, either out of the indignation she had raised against herself, or out of the commiseration of her case, would take away her life ; and if she found any food, she perceived her labours were for others, and not for herself; and it was now become impossible for her any way to find any more food, while the famine pierced through her very bowels and marrow, when also her passion was fired to a degree beyond the famine itself: nor did she consult with anything but with her passion and the necessity she was in. She then attempted a most unnatural thing; and snatching up her son, who was a child sucking at her breast, she said, "O thou miserable infant! for whom shall I preserve thee in this war, this famine, and this sedition ? As to the war with the Romans, if they preserve our lives, we must be slaves! The famine also will destroy us, even before that slavery comes upon us; yet are these seditious rogues more terrible than both the other. Come on; be thou my food, and be thou a fury to these seditious varlets and a byeword to the world, which is all that is now wanting to complete the calamities of us Jews." As soon as she had said this, she slew her son; and then roasted him, and ate one half of him , and kept the other half by her concealed. Upon this the seditious come in presently, and smelling the horrid scent of this food, they threatened her that they would cut her throat immediately if she did not shew them what food she had gotten ready. She replied, that she had saved a very fine portion of it for them; and withal uncovered what was left of her son. Hereupon they were seized with a horror and amazement of mind, and stood astonished at the sight; when she said to them "This is mine own son; and what hath been done was mine own doing! Come, eat of this food; for I have eaten of it myself! Do not you pretend to be either more tender than a woman, or more compassionate than a mother; but if you be so scrupulous, and do abominate this my sacrifice, as I have eaten the one half, let the rest be reserved for me also." After which, those men went out trembling, being never so much affrighted at anything as they were at this, and with some difficulty they left the rest of that meat to the mother. Upon which, the whole city was full of horrid action immediately; and while everyone laid this miserable case before their own eyes, they trembled, as if this unheard-of-action had been done by themselves. So those that were thus distressed by the famine were very desirous to die ; and those already dead were esteemed happy, because they had not live long enough either to hear or see such miseries".



VERSES SIXTY THREE THROUGH SIXTY EIGHT

This is what the Christians call "backsliding", but it also apply to us Messianics if we fall off the beaten path, from following Yeshua, and these thing will apply to us by being in the spiritual worldly empire and our souls being in uncertainty. Fallen of the spiritual eyes, and troubled heart and sorrowness of our souls, because we left our first love (Revelation have this kind of verse?)



Verses sixty three and sixty four

63 And shall be, as which hwhy rejoiced upon you to do you good and to multiply you; so shall hwhy will rejoice upon you to perish you and to make you desolate; and you shall be rooted from upon the ground which you are going there to possess her, 64 and hwhy shall disperse you among all the peoples from the end of the earth and unto the end of the earth; and there you shall serve other elohim of wood and stone which you and your fathers have not known.

Yair Davidiy of Hebrew Nations and Brit Am, a Chasidic Jew, originally from Australia, now living in Jerusalem, who is not a believer in Yeshua, revealed in his book "The Tribes" that the Ten Northern Tribes were scattered throughout all the nations of the earth, mostly in the Western European nations, North and South America, Australia and South Africa. This was because of their rebellion against 
hwhy and it caused them to be divorced from hwhy, as I mentioned in last week's Torah portion of Ki Theytsey. You can purchase his book by clicking on the image below to get to the webpage.

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Yair Davidiy- The Tribes



Verse sixty five

65 And you shall not find ease among these nations, and shall not be rest for the sole of your foot: and hwhy shall give to you there a heart of trembling, and a failing of the eyes, and a sorrowing of the soul:

Looking at the word EASE

The Hebrew word for ease is "rah-gah"- Resh, Gimel, Ayin (
egr). It is from Strong's Concordance number 7280, and its definition

A primitive root; properly to toss violently and suddenly (the sea with waves, the skin with boils); figuratively (in a favorable manner) to settle, that is, quiet; specifically to wink (from the motion of the eye lids): - break, divide, find ease, be a moment, (cause, give, make to) rest, make suddenly.

Notice that the Hebrew word also translates as "to toss violently". This is the probably the word the apostle Paul applied to the doctrine of men, and it it noted in his letter to the assembly in Ephesus

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Messiah: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Elohim, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Messiah: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Messiah: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.



Verse sixty six

66 and your life shall be of uncertainty to you from before; and you shall be afraid nightly and daily, and you shall not have surety of your life:

This is how the King James Version translated this segment of this Torah verse

66 ...and thou shalt fear day and night,...

In the phrase "day and night", in the Hebrew text, it says "lai-lah v'yoh-mahm" (
Mmwyw hlyl). Laila is the Hebrew word for "nightly", and yomam is the Hebrew word for "daily". What this reveals to us is that Moses was going by the order of the proper Biblical day which begins at night and followed by the day until the new day starts at night again. In my opinion, the King James translators we biased and anti-Jewish in this translation.



Verse sixty seven

67 In the morning you shall say, That evening shall give!, and in the evening you shall say, That morning shall give!, From the dreadness of your heart which you shall dread, and from the sight of your eyes which you shall see.

I have personally experienced this verse myself in my early years of my spiritual walk in Yeshua. At a point in my life while I was in college.
I went through an unknown pshychological and spiritual effect that put me in a state of uncertainty in my life. I personally wanted the day to come when it was night, and after night came, I was hoping for the day to appear. I wrote my personal account of it in one of my earlier Torah portion commentaries, and this was one of examples I hope that I would not want to go through again. Believe me when I say that it was very very hard in my life, it felt like I was spiritually uprooted without knowing where I was going to land.



Verse sixty eight

68 And hwhy shall return you to Egypt on ships on the way which I said to you, You shall not to see her again anymore: and you shall be sold to your enemies for male slaves and for female slaves, and no one shall buy.

This is like what Joseph went through when his brothers sold him to Egypt, except by land instead of ships, but in this week's Torah portion passage, the Egyptians will not buy them. There is no aftermath to their lives after that. They were probably thrown out in the streets begging for food and trying to find means to survive until they died, or the Egyptian slave traders would just kill them, or in a hail mary pass, they were put into slavery from those who took them to Egypt. As far as we know, there are no records of what happened to them who went through this.




I remembered in my college years that while in class, my professor wrote on the board this poem: "Cat, cat, cat, you made me glad, glad, glad. Cat, cat, cat, you made me sad". My professor asked if anyone had a comment on this poem. One of my colleagues in class raised her hand and said, paraphrasing, that when it says "glad, glad, glad" it shows how happy and joyful they are, but when it said "sad" only once, the impact of the negative word was strong and was equal, if not greater, to the three glads. Negatives give stronger impact than the postives, and in Moses' case, there were a lot of negatives, meaning that the consequences outweighs the incentives, meaning that incentives are more rare and more precious than consequences. This is similar to Pharaoh's dream in the book of Genesis regarding the seven fat cows and fat ears verses the seven skinny cows and whithered ears, which intrepreted as the seven years of plenty and the seven years of famine. This is what Joseph said after the interpretation of the seven years of famine which is noted in the Torah portion of Mikeyts, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 41:30 And they shall arise seven years of famine after them; and all the plenty in the land of Egypt shall be forgotten; and the famine shall consume ta-the land; 31 And the plenty shall not be known in the land from the face of he, the famine, after thus; for he shall be very heavy.

Negatives do have a more imacting effect than postives. In this week's Torah portion, the curses are more effective than the blessings. As the former presidential candidate, Ross Perot, from his famous words, back in the 1992 Presidential Election campaign, "Words are few and deeds are precious". In this case, the fewer the incentives, the more precious they are when one obeys 
hwhy's Commandments.



This week's Torah portion's chapter reveals the blessings and the curses that impact the following: Locations, Land, Productivity, Agriculture, Weather, Offspring, Family Values, Health Issues, Psychological Values, Moral Values, Spiritual Issues, Relationships, Security, Foreigners, Wars, Foreign Elohim, and Residency.

I noted in the Torah portion of Shophtim the three things the Priest would say to the men of Israel to not frear, tremble and dread. These three aspects would affect the Israelites if they did not listen to the voice of 
hwhy their Elohim:

FEAR

The first one, fear, is a negative act of internal insecurity.


TREMBLE

The second one, tremble, is a negative physical act of having lack of strength.


DREAD

The third one, dread, is a negative psychological act which includes effecting the emotional and mental instability and the lack of discernment.


These are factors that would also effect the Israelites, because they rejected hearing the voice of 
hwhy.

This also applies to us today as believers who refuses to listen to the Voice of 
hwhy and walk in their own ways. I have heard people who strayed from the Will of hwhy. Some lost their health after they were healed, because they kept on doing things they should not have done. I have heard people reject their calling including one who came down with the case of schizophrenia. I pray that we hold, stand, and walk in the faith.







CHAPTER 29

Deuteronomy 29:1-9

Deu 29:1 These are the Words of the Covenant, which 
hwhy commanded ta-Moses to cut with ta-the Sons of Israel, in the land of Moab, from by apart of the Covenant which was cut of them in Horeb. 2 And Moses called to all Israel, and said to them, You, you have seen ta all that hwhy did to your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all of his land; 3 the great trials which your eyes, they have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: 4 And hwhy has not given to you a heart to know, or eyes to see, or ears to hear, until this day. 5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes were not worn away from upon you, and your sandals were not worn away from upon your foot. 6 You have not eaten bread, and you have not drank wine and strong drink: by that, you shall know that I am hwhy, your Elohim. 7 And you came to this place, and Sihon, King of Heshbon, and Og, King of the Bashan, came out to meet us to battle, and we struck them: 8 and we took ta-their land, and gave her for an inheritance to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half tribe of the Manasseh. 9 And you shall keep ta-the Words of this Covenant, and you shall do them, by that, you shall be skillful of ta all that you do.


(Note: Not all verses will have comments)


Verse one

1 These are the Words of the Covenant, which hwhy commanded ta-Moses to cut with ta-the Sons of Israel, in the land of Moab, from by apart of the Covenant which was cut of them in Horeb.

When Moses said the Covenant in the land of Moab apart the Covenant at Mount Sinai in the land of Midian, he meant "the Covenant of the Blessings and Curses" that he spoke in the previous chapter which He just spoke in the land of Moab, just south of the border, as this map belows shows

Map Of Ancient Moab And Ammon



Verses five and six

5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes were not worn away from upon you, and your sandals were not worn away from upon your foot. 6 You have not eaten bread, and you have not drank wine and strong drink: by that, you shall know that I am hwhy, your Elohim.

First of all, if one notices the verses before and after this week's Torah portion passage, Moses was talking to the Israelites in his own voice relating to what 
hwhy did. In these two verses, the focus of the person changes from Moses talking about hwhy, to hwhy speaking in His own Voice. Question: "Did hwhy actualy speak to the Israelites in His own Voice from the Pillar of the Cloud and/or the Pillar of Fire, or was this Moses' voice speaking on behelf of hwhy by speaking as if hwhy was speaking through Him"? Maybe it was the latter. I don't know, but I have been experiencing times where He was using my voice to speak to me directly. So it is possible that this was the case for Moses.

hwhy gave them two major miracles throughout their forty year journey:

One: They were fed with the manna
Two: Their clothing and sandals did not wear out

It is probable that Yeshua based this week's Torah portion passage in His teaching in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if hwhy so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the Kingdom of hwhy, and His Righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Adding to this is, is the part Yeshua wants us as believers to pray

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in the heavens, Hallowed be Thy Name. 10 Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, as it is in the heavens, so is on the earth. 11 Give us this day our Daily Bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, for ever. Amen.

In many ways, Yeshua told us to ask our Heavenly Father to provide for our daily needs, and to trust Him that He will do that.


This week's Torah portion passage also applies to us that we in Yeshua are contiuously and eternally fed with His Word, and our spiritual garments are eternally not worn.



That ends this week's Torah portion commentary.



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