10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, one that useth divination, a soothsayer, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer,
11 or a charmer, or one that consulteth a ghost or a familiar spirit, or a necromancer.
12 For whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto the LORD; and because of these abominations the LORD thy God is driving them out from before thee.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (JPS)
When I explain that seeing the dead is not a good thing based on the example of Saul, the witch, and Samuel from 1 Samuel 28, some will counteract my argument with the New Testament example of Yeshua and the mount of transfiguration when He conversed with Moses & Elijah. Their example is given to justify interaction with the dead despite being completely forbidden in God’s law. Continue reading “The Difference Between Yeshua and Saul Regarding the Dead”
And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the Lord thy God […]
Deuteronomy 16:10 (KJV)
Weeks – This holy day that recently passed is called the Feast of Weeks. It’s not called Spirit Day even though Christians recognize it as the day the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and believers. It’s not called Torah Day even though Jews recognize it as the day God gave the Torah to Israel. But the Feast of Weeks is a unique blend of both of these events, and when reviewing the weeks up to this day we find an interesting association to both the Spirit and the Torah. Continue reading “Two Omers are Better than One”
Yet in this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God,
Deuteronomy 1:32 (KJV)
Believe – Back to our study about abstract and concrete concepts. Remember that Hebrews are very concrete in their language, so the Biblical concepts and worldviews will be rooted in concrete meanings that appeal to our senses. Greek concepts tend to be very abstract and are intangible. Continue reading “Abstract vs. Concrete – Part 2”
I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:
Deuteronomy 32:26 (KJV)
Scatter – YHVH prophesied of a time when Israel would turn away, and a time when He would scatter them throughout the world, to every corner. Continue reading “Hawaiian Israelites”
13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:
14 But in the place which the LORD shall choose […]
Deuteronomy 12:13-14 (KJV)
Choose – Let’s say, back in the early 2000’s, you crafted an item that you wanted to sell to the public, and the government agreed, but passed an everlasting law that you could only sell this product outside of Borders Bookstores. And the product had to be sold by a Borders Bookstore representative who was trained to sell it. This was good news, and you began to sell your products down at the nearest Borders. Continue reading “No More Sacrifices”
Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
Deuteronomy 6:13 (KJV)
Swear – I was taught that we were not allowed to swear. And because of this reason, we’re not allowed to partake in jury duty, or pledge our allegiance, or swear any oaths under law. It’s a common belief among many in my community. And it all boils down to these verses found in Matthew 5. Continue reading “Swearing is Actually Good”
And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
Deuteronomy 8:2 (KJV)
Humble – In an age where everything is about me, how do we practice humbleness? It’s definitely not something that we can just pick up from the variety of examples around us [sarcasm]. It’s not something we learn in school. Nor is it anything that I might naturally be – not in this western culture anyways. So how do we understand what humbleness really is? Continue reading “To Humble Thee”
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
Deuteronomy 6:6 (KJV)
Heart – If I didn’t tell you where this verse was from, would you think it was a New Testament verse? Isn’t the New Testament where the law becomes written on the heart and no longer on scrolls and tablets? But Deuteronomy is clearly a part of Torah, and it appears YHVH’s instructions were to have these commandments in the hearts of the people from the beginning. Continue reading “Written On Your Heart”
But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.
Deuteronomy 22:6 (KJV)
Prolong thy days – This is the least of all commandments, and probably one of the most interesting. Yeshua is referring to it in Matthew 5:19 where He says that the breaker of the least of the commandments will be least in the kingdom, but those who do and teach them will be great in the kingdom. The commandment itself is about sparing the mother bird and only taking the young babies from a nest that you might come across. Continue reading “Motherhood”
Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.
Deuteronomy 16:1 (KJV)
Abib -It might surprise you that this word is not the name of the month. The word abib or aviv means a stage of barley growth. YHWH doesn’t give the months names, but identifies them by their season. In the month where the barley reaches the abib state of growth is when the year begins and when we observe Passover. It’s a requirement to understand agriculture if we’re to understand God’s holy days. Continue reading “Month of Abib”