Our Portion this week is called in Hebrew, “V’Etkhanan”, and the root word of this verb is “khen,” which means ‘grace’/’favor’. Since we read only the middle portion this year, I’m going to resist going into all the nuances of that, and get straight to the point in our one third portion that is really chock full of grace. We have in this portion two major, major passages of scripture: The Ten D’varim and The Shema.
The Ten D’varim were indeed originally given at Mt. Sinai, written in Shemot 20 in the account of that episode. But they are restated here in D’varim Chapter 5. And that chapter contains the same first word as does the greatest command. I remind you that our Messiah, Yeshua, said that the greatest command is The Shema, D’varim 6:4. Chapter 5 begins with Moshe saying to the people, “Shema, Yisra’el, the Khukot [statutes] and Mishpatim” [judgments/ordinances]…” Shema is an imperative for ‘hear in order to affect a response,’ or ‘hear and respond/do’. And then, in the next chapter, he further says, ‘Hear O Yisra’el, יהוה is our Elohim, יהוה is Ekhad.’
This is the greatest command, and it goes on to say that it is יהוה that we must love with every facet of our being and with every ounce of what we do. That, my friend, is GRACE! וָאֶתְחַנַּן I sought GRACE from יהוה …. Moshe wanted to see the promised land at least once before he died. But, Abba told him, ‘It is sufficient for you.’ Va’Etkhanan is a word picture, and it basically reads pictorially: “A Nail in the Alef-Tav is GRACE for the Righteous.” Or, ‘the favor of a Righteous One.’
It’s no coincidence that in this portion the Ten D’varim and The Shema are given, back to back. The Ten D’varim begin, in both places where they are enumerated, with: ” I am יהוה your Elohim,” [Shemot 20:2, D’varim 5:6] Nothing can be more full of GRACE than knowing the Name of the CREATOR. Most gentiles do not realize that THIS IS THE FIRST commandment of the Ten: I am יהוה ! So, We have the two accounts of the Ten D’varim declaring this, but then we have the GREATEST COMMANDMENT where Yisra’el echoes back, ” יהוה is our Elohim, יהוה is ONE. ” It is SO very important that we understand who the CREATOR is, who the G-d of Avraham, Yitz’khak, and Ya’akov is, the G-d of the Universe. There are INDEED MANY gods out there!
It never ceases to amaze me how G-d can say something with such clarity, and in such plain, perfect language, and yet PEOPLE can come behind HIM and say “He is THREE”. Which is a sentence that doesn’t even make basic grammatical sense! One MUST say “They are three” in order for it to make sense. Trinity ACTUALLY teaches that there are THREE GODS stuffed into one body: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 1+1+1=3 = trinity. That is a perversion of the truth. There is ONE Elohim, who has MANIFESTED to us as His Son by His Ru’akh.
When Yeshua said, “I and My Father are EKHAD,” did He make Himself into His Father? Or did He assert that He was a perfect representative of His Father? An express image, or manifestation, of His Father? That is really the core of the debate. And the WORD answers the question: “…in these Akharit HaYamim [last days] He [G-d, the Father] has spoken to us by His Son, whom He [The Father] has appointed as heir of all things, and by whom also He made the worlds; for He [Yeshua, the Son] is the brightness of His [The Father’s] Kavod [Glory], and the express image of His Nature, upholding all things by the power of His Word; and when He [The Son] had, through His Nature [The Nature of The Father], cleansed our sins, then He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” One simply cannot get any more plain and simple than that. Yet we ignore the Ten D’varim, and the Greatest Commandment according to Yeshua Himself, to re-interpret who G-d is, and how we should approach Him. Is it any wonder there are THOUSANDS of denominations and approaches to G-d now, 1700 years later?
There is ONLY ONE GOD. There is NOT ONE VERSE that says “God the Son” nor “God the Holy Spirit”. These are catholic phrases introduced by pagans who could not give up their forms of worship. They DENY that Yeshua is RIGHT NOW in a HUMAN BODY, and expose themselves as the spirit of Anti Messiah in the process: “My beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to find out if they are of Elohim, because many false prophets have appeared in the world [already, in Yokhanan’s day]. Ru’akh HaElohim [The Spirt of G-d] is known by this: every spirit which declares that Yeshua HaMashi’akh is coming in flesh is from Elohim. And every spirit which does not declare that Yeshua HaMashi’akh is coming in flesh is not from Elohim, but it is the spirit of the false Mashi’akh, of whose coming you have heard and who is even now already in the world.” Ask a true trintiarian [the actual catholic, official trinity] whether or not Yeshua is even coming back, and they will tell you “No,” that he is vicariously ruling through the pope and the ‘church.’ But further, if they DO say He is coming back, ask how will He appear? In a HUMAN BODY? The answer will be no. They claim the Father and the Son and a third ‘person’ share a body. That they are “Three in one.” The Trinitarian formula rests on three, as that is precisely what ‘trinity’ means. THREE. But, G-d said that HE IS ONE. And that HE has MANIFESTED and communicated to us by His Son, a perfect representation of Himself. Why do we need anything beyond that? Why is there absolutely NO TRACE of Trinitarian words and language in scripture. [Every verse you THINK might support it has been tampered with in the English, rest assured.]
So many people who know this in their gut still bend/bow to the will of the popes, and are scared to death they will not be ‘orthodox’ if they say otherwise. Even Messianic Synagogues the world over give a nod somehow to this idea that the Ru’akh is a person. Where in the Torah do you see that? Whose breath and will is a separate entity from themselves? But they are afraid to say what the scriptures plainly say. That is the power of a murderous lie. It’s the very trick the Palestinians are using to perpetuate their farce, which the whole world now believes. Kill people who say otherwise, and the witnesses of that killing will believe the lie. The whole world believes there is a people group called “Palestinians” who were supplanted by Jews in Israel. That people group NEVER EXISTED. There is not ONE SHRED of historical evidence of any such group, before about 1960-1970 when a group of Arab Muslims began to call themselves ‘Palestinians’; yet the WHOLE WORLD sides with this group of murderers in believing their lie. The same is true of the trinitarian farce: murder anyone who does not accept it, and then declare it over and over, and everyone will be afraid of the truth.
It is indeed a monument of GRACE that Elohim gave us HIS NAME, that He used Moshe to record HIS WORD, and that He sent us YESHUA to plainly declare HIS loyalty and SERVICE to His Father, and to show us the example of what UNITY WITH HIM really is. The fact that He has given us the Ten D’varim plainly elucidated TWICE in the scriptures, along with the Shema also plainly elucidated TWICE [also in chapter 11], is an act of GRACE, to make PLAIN who HE is and what His will is.
This simple view of G-d through the voice of His Word removes any confusion, makes us to understand the necessity of Yeshua being HUMAN as much as divine, and helps us begin to understand how we ourselves can become fully UNIFIED with Elohim and be filled with HIS FULLNESS just like Yeshua was. If we do not have that, all we have is religion, and we are all competing to certify 1,000 false versions of it.
“Then they that feared יהוה spoke one with another; and יהוה hearkened, and heard, and a Sefer Zikaron [Book of Remembrance] was written before Him, for them that feared יהוה , and that thought upon His Name. And they shall be Mine, says יהוה Tzeva’ot, in the day that I do make them even My own treasure; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him. Then shall you again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves Elohim and him that serves Him not.”