So, today in my reading of the portion and of the prayers, I ‘saw’ a couple of things that I am compelled to share.
First, that the ‘voice’ of יהוה is manifest to us in a way that people tend to IGNORE, including the most ‘educated’ religious folk. In our prayers of ‘teshuvah’, or ‘repentance’, which we read in this 40-day season of repentance, in Dani’el 9, we read each day: “…we have rebelled against Him; neither have we hearkened to the voice of יהוה our Elohim, to walk in His instructions….” Clearly, here, Dani’el is calling His Torah, or His ‘instructions’, which is what the Torah/Law is, HIS VOICE. Yet SO MANY ignore HIS VOICE today. Lest there be any doubt, in our weekly reading portion, in D’varim [Deut] 30:10, we read there: “if you shall hearken to the voice of יהוה your Elohim, to keep His Mitzvot and His Khukot which are written in this Sefer HaTorah [book of the Torah/law]; if you turn [repent] unto יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul.” His Torah is HIS VOICE, and to LOVE HIM is to HEAR HIS VOICE and DO HIS WILL. Yet so many teachers in Judaism AND Christianity teach otherwise. Most Jews teach Talmud, the voice of the Rabbis, and christians teach the voice of the popes, and many ‘hear’ voices that defy His instruction, but are too proud to know that they are hearing the enemy’s distortion of His Word.
I further ‘saw’ that same verse this phrase:
הַכְּתוּבָה בְּסֵפֶר הַתּוֹרָה הַזֶּה
and it is also in the beginning of the portion, in 29:20
הַבְּרִית הַכְּתוּבָה בְּסֵפֶר הַתּוֹרָה הַזֶּה
The first reads, concerning the voice being ‘written in the book of the Torah’, ‘the writing of the book of the Torah’…. the second is ‘the covenant of the writing in the book of the Torah’. BOTH of these verses have the word ‘haKetubah’ in them. AND, the book of Dani’el does as well, in 9:11 [tomorrow’s date, 🙂 ] אֲשֶׁר כְּתוּבָה בְּתוֹרַת מֹשֶׁה . ‘which is written in the Torah of Moshe’….
Many who read my writing and listen to me teach know that a “Ketubah” is a WEDDING CONTRACT in Judaism. Yeshua renewed the ‘brit’ that was a WEDDING CONTRACT on the night of Passover, when He took the 3rd cup, “after supper”, and renewed, re-ratified, the WEDDING CONTRACT, the “Ketubah”, with our Jewish people! Fulfilling Yirme-Yahu 31:31-34.
The fact that this is associated with hearing HIS VOICE, and TURNING teshuvah/repentance] to DO the WILL of G-d is not lost on me, especially in this season, that leads up to A WEDDING, or Yeshua coming to fetch HIS BRIDE, those who have the Testimony of Yeshua AND KEEP His “mitzvot”.
וְאַף כִּי אַשְׁרֵי הַשֹּׁמְעִים וְהַשֹּׁמְרִים אֵת דְּבַר הָאֱלֹהִים
“Happy are they who hear the D’var HaElohim [The WORD of G-d], and keep it.” ~Yeshua, Luka 11:28
UPDATE ON 9/11
This day is always somewhat bittersweet for me:It’s my parents’ anniversary. You may remember also that my older brother was born on D-Day, the next on VJ day [europe], and I was born on Pearl Harbor day [and lived in Pearl Harbor as a very young ‘navy brat’]. I remember calling my parents on 9-11 nineteen years ago and wishing them a happy anniversary to the backdrop of death and destruction in our country, and chatting with Dad about this odd ‘coincidence’.This morning, over coffee, my wife and I were reminiscing about family, and all this came to mind. And, the rumors of an inside job, or at least some form of corruption in the US may have aided and abetted those Arab Muslims who pulled this off. There are rumors it was all part of a larger, global plan.It dawned on me, as it did nineteen years ago:WHY did Air Traffic Control at Laguardia and Newark at least not ‘see’ these planes were off course? What is their procedure supposed to be when two jet-liners deviate so far out of planned courses? Are there records of ANY conversations in these control towers about these renegade pilots? Just asking. I still remember so many details about that day. Especially having prepared my children the night before, unwittingly, reading as they sat at my feet:Timoteus Bet Chapter 3 [ 2 Tim ]”Know this, that in the Akharit HaYamim disastrous times will come. And men shall be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, proud, conceited, blasphemers, disobedient to their own people, ungrateful, wicked, false accusers, addicts to lust, brutal, haters of good things, traitors, hasty, boasters, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of Elohim; having a shade of the fear of Elohim, but far from the power of Elohim; from such turn away. For of this sort are those who creep into houses and captivate women sunken in sin, led away with diverse lusts, ever striving to learn, and never able to come to the knowledge of HaEmet.”I told my kids that night that this is where we were heading, and it would just get worse. This past year has proven to me in EVERY WAY that we are in the throws of this wickedness through and through. But, just because people are EVIL, including the religious, and perhaps especially so, that is NO REASON not to STRIVE to serve G-d with a WHOLE heart. If there is ANY TIME that we should turn TOWARD HIM, [repent, and do HIS WORD], it is NOW!!!!We are a mere WEEK, SEVEN DAYS, away from “The Day of The Awakening Blast” [9/18-9/20 this year] on G-d’s calendar. We are exactly 41 yovels minus seven years from the beginning of Yeshua’s ministry. We are exactly 40 yovels minus 7 years from the destruction of Jerusalem as predicted by Yeshua. A “peace deal” with Israel is being brokered with all its Arab/Muslim neighbors. The sign of the woman clothed in the sun, giving birth, with a serpent pursuing her child, was seen in the skies in 2017. Earthquakes and natural disasters are commonplace today. And SO. MUCH. MORE.Now is NOT the time to take lightly your trust in Messiah, and your disobedience to His commands. No one understands His “Khen VaKhesed” (grace and compassion) better than one who strives to keep His Mitzvot. Yeshua signed a “Ketubah” [ wedding contract ] in His Blood at passover 2,000 years ago. He has been preparing a place for us for 2,000 years. He is going to bring His Bride into those chambers. SOON.Know this: ” יהוה is not slow concerning His promises, as some men count slowness; but is longsuffering toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to teshuvah. But Yom יהוה will come as a thief in the night, when the heavens shall suddenly pass away, and the elements shall separate as they burn, and the earth also and the works that are in it shall not be found. Now since all these things are to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in your consecrated conduct and fear of Elohim, looking for and longing for the coming of Yom HaElohim, wherein the heavens being tested with fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which dwells tzedaka. Therefore, my beloved, while you look for these things, be diligent that you may be found by Him in shalom, without spot, and blameless. And consider that the longsuffering of Adoneinu is for Salvation; even as our beloved brother Pavlos also, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his letters he speaks concerning these matters, in which there are certain things so hard to be understood that those who are ignorant and unstable twist their meaning, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. “”But you, my brethren, are NOT IN DARKNESS that that day shall overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of the DAY; and you are not the children of the night, nor the children of darkness. Therefore let us NOT sleep, as do others, but let us WATCH and be SOBER.”I realize it sounds like fantasy to many. Scoff if you will, to your own peril. But there is nothing more true and sure than that Messiah LOVES His Bride, those who MAKE THEMSELVES READY for His wedding, and His coronation, and that HE IS COMING TO TAKE HER WITH HIM, and then to come and RULE THE EARTH, and destroy all this wickedness….”And HaRu’akh and HaKalah say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ “””Surely I am coming soon.” Amein. Come, Adon Yeshua.”