Commentaries & Kingdom News

September 2016

Nitzavim

Shalom!   Parashat Nitzavim opens with the Israelites "standing" before YHWH to accept their eternal commission as the people of the Covenant for all generations. They are the ones left "standing" after nearly all of the previous generation died due to their unfaithfulness. And don't miss the significance of this scene. They are "standing" before the Elohim of the Universe...the same One who they feared to face on Mt. Sinai (Shemot/Exodus...

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Ki Tavo

Shalom!   As Moshe continues to expound on what will await the children of Israel when they enter the Promised Land, he will speak about a commandment that will be fulfilled long after he is gone - the commandment of first fruits/ bikurim. Before this commandment can be kept, the Land must be conquered, divided by tribal portions, homes built, fields, orchards and vineyards planted and finally harvested. All this must happen before we can address the bikurim, the first fruits of the...

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Ki Tetze

Shalom!   We begin this week's parasha with a war story. I'm going to give you Young's Literal Translation because of how it more literally translates verse 10:   Devarim/Deuteronomy 21:10 'When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and Jehovah thy God hath given them into thy hand, and thou hast taken captive its captivity, 11 and hast seen in the captivity a woman of fair form, and hast delighted in her, and hast taken to thee for a wife, 12...

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Shoftim

Shalom!   The name of our Parasha this week is Shoftim which means "judges" and is found in the first verse:   Devarim/Deuteronomy 16:18 " You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, which YHWH your Elohim gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgment.   As the tribes of Israel enter the Promised Land and settle in their respective areas, there will be the need for many decisions to be...

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