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”
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
Deuteronomy 6:4 (KJV)
Hear – Of our five senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching), YHWH uses the sense of hearing to transfer His message. This is because in the Hebraic mind, hearing is the greatest sense. When compared to the Greek mind that values the sense of sight above all the others, one might understand why Greeks build statues of all their gods. They had to visually see them. But for the Hebrew, value is in the hearing of God’s word. Continue reading “The Greatest Sense”
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Deuteronomy 18:22 (KJV)
Presumptuously – The Hebrew word zadown means “pride”. The prophet who speaks in the name of God, and his prophecy doesn’t come to pass, that prophet is prideful. He is assuming authority where it is not granted. This is one of the most dangerous actions for a people to endure, and that is why the punishment for this action was death (Deuteronomy 18:20). Continue reading “The Presumptuous Prophet”
For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
Deuteronomy 4:24 (KJV)
Consuming fire – My family and I have been camping a lot this year. During that time I’ve made plenty of camp fires and enjoyed the warmth, the light, and the skill of actually creating a fire from simple materials. But mostly I’ve noticed that my children are completely entranced by the flickering of the flames and the danger involved with such a primitive thing. They asked daily for me to create a fire so they could poke at it with sticks, dump pinecones into it, or roast marshmallows over it. And so we’d have a fire going in the morning when I awoke, and another before we went to bed. It was a highlight of our camping adventures. Continue reading “A Consuming Fire”