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This Week's Reading: Ends 8/19/17 Tags: Jah (Belief) Rastafari Movement(Religion) Biblical Sabbath Weekly Torah Portion Shabbat Re'eh See DSRradio Rss#47 LionOfJudahSociety ethiopia

This Week's Portion #47

Re'eh | ראה | "See!" እነሆ | Ineho
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2. Prophets Reading

Isaiah 54:11-55:5

3. New Testament Reading

John 7:37-52

Portion Outline - TORAH

  • Deuteronomy 12:1 | Pagan Shrines to Be Destroyed
  • Deuteronomy 12:13 | A Prescribed Place of Worship
  • Deuteronomy 12:29 | Warning against Idolatry
  • Deuteronomy 14:1 | Pagan Practices Forbidden
  • Deuteronomy 14:3 | Clean and Unclean Foods
  • Deuteronomy 14:22 | Regulations concerning Tithes
  • Deuteronomy 15:1 | Laws concerning the Sabbatical Year
  • Deuteronomy 15:19 | The Firstborn of Livestock
  • Deuteronomy 16:1 | The Passover Reviewed
  • Deuteronomy 16:9 | The Festival of Weeks Reviewed
  • Deuteronomy 16:13 | The Festival of Booths Reviewed

Portion Outline - PROPHETS

  • Isaiah 54:1 | The Eternal Covenant of Peace
  • Isaiah 55:1 | An Invitation to Abundant Life

Portion Study Book Download & Summary

DEVARIM Hebrew Book of Deuteronomy - Torah Portion Vol.5 (FREE PDF)DEVARIM Hebrew Book of Deuterronomy - Torah Portion Vol.5 (FREE PDF)

Re'eh, Reeh, R'eih, or Ree (רְאֵה‎ — Hebrew for "see" or "Behold" in the KJV, the first word in the parashah) is the 47th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה‎, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the fourth in the Book of Deuteronomy. It constitutes Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17. In the parashah, Moses set before the Israelites the choice between blessing and curse. Moses instructed the Israelites in the laws that they were to observe, including the law of a single, centralized place of worship. Moses warned against following other gods and their prophets and set forth the laws of kashrut,tithes, the Sabbatical year, the Hebrew slave, firstborn animals, and the three pilgrim festivals.

Portion Commentary

Giving to the Poor

Thought for the Week:

You shall not hesitate to give, nor murmur when you do give; because you shall know who is the good repayer of the hire. You shall not turn away from him that is in want, but you shall share all things with your brother, and shall not say that they are your own; for if you are partakers in that which is immortal, how much more in things which are mortal? (Didache 4:7-8)

Commentary:

You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings. (Deuteronomy 15:10)

The Torah commands us to give generously to the poor. "You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land" (Deuteronomy 15:11). The Master taught frequently about giving to the poor and encouraged His followers to do so lavishly. Believers should be distinguished as the most generous people on earth. When Paul received permission from the apostles to take the gospel to the Gentiles, the apostles gave him only one stipulation. They asked him to teach the Gentiles "to remember the poor" (Genesis 2:10).

When we give to the poor, we should do so with a glad heart. The Torah says, "Your heart shall not be grieved when you give to [the poor man]," (Deuteronomy 15:10). That is why Paul says, "Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7).

The rabbis taught, "The poor man does more for the giver than the giver does for the poor man." 1 Why? Because, as Deuteronomy 15:10 says, if you give generously to the poor, "the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings" (Deuteronomy 15:10). The person who gives to the poor man seems to be doing the poor man a favor, but he is actually receiving the gift of God's blessing from the poor man.

A person who refuses to give to the poor forgets that he himself depends on the generosity of God. If we refuse to be generous when we see others in need, why should God help us when we are in need?

Yeshua refers to giving to the poor as storing up treasure in heaven. 2 Money spent on charity should be regarded as an investment. A wise investor does not hesitate to put his money into a venture that will guarantee a good return.

Endnotes:  1. Leviticus Rabbah 34:8. 2. Matthew 19:21. 3. Chana Nestlebaum, Chofetz Chaim, Loving Kindness: Daily Lessons in the Power of Giving.

RSS 46: Re'eh | ראה |

RSS 46: Re'eh | ראה |

RSS 46: Re'eh | ראה |

This Week's Reading: Ends 8/12/17 Tags: Jah (Belief) Rastafari Movement(Religion) Biblical Sabbath Weekly Torah Portion Shabbat Eikev Consequently DSRradio Rss#46 LionOfJudahSociety ethiopia

This Week's Portion #46

Eikev | עקב | "Consequently" እንዲህም ይሆናል | Indih’h’m [y’honal]
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2. Prophets Reading

Isaiah 49:14-51:3

3. New Testament Reading

Heb 11:8-13; Rom 8:31-39

Portion Outline - TORAH

  • Deuteronomy 7:12 | Blessings for Obedience
  • Deuteronomy 8:1 | A Warning Not to Forget God in Prosperity
  • Deuteronomy 9:1 | The Consequences of Rebelling against God
  • Deuteronomy 10:1 | The Second Pair of Tablets
  • Deuteronomy 10:12 | The Essence of the Law
  • Deuteronomy 11:1 | Rewards for Obedience

Portion Outline - PROPHETS

  • Isaiah 49:8 | Zion's Children to Be Brought Home
  • Isaiah 50:4 | The Servant's Humiliation and Vindication
  • Isaiah 51:1 | Blessings in Store for God's People

Portion Study Book Download & Summary

DEVARIM Hebrew Book of Deuteronomy - Torah Portion Vol.5 (FREE PDF)DEVARIM Hebrew Book of Deuterronomy - Torah Portion Vol.5 (FREE PDF)

The forty-sixth reading from the Torah and the third reading from the book of Deuteronomy is named Ekev (עקב), a word from the first verse of the portion. Deuteronomy 7:12 says, “Then it shall come about, because (ekev, עקב) you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you His covenant and His lovingkindness which He swore to your forefathers.” Usually the word ekev means “heel.” In fact, this word shares the same three-letter root as the name Jacob (Yaakov, יעקב), whose name actually means “heel.” He was born holding on to Esau’s heel. However, in Deuteronomy 7:12, the word ekev means “on the heels of” or “because of.” This portion of Deuteronomy speaks of the rewards that will come to Israel on the heels of keeping God’s covenant and commandments.

Portion Commentary

Blessing God at Meals

Thought for the Week:

We thank You, our holy Father, for Your holy name that You have caused to dwell in our hearts, and for the knowledge, faithfulness and eternal life that You have made known to us through Your servant Yeshua. Yours is the glory forever. (First doxology of the grace after meals from the Didache as translated.)

Commentary:

When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you. (Deuteronomy 8:10)

In Christian homes, it is traditional to offer a prayer of thanksgiving before meals. This is a Christian tradition inherited from Judaism. In Judaism, it is traditional to bless God for the food He has provided prior to partaking of it. We read of Yeshua keeping this tradition several times in the Gospels. Sometimes Christians refer to this as "blessing the food," but in Judaism, the food is not blessed, God is blessed for providing the food. In any case, blessing God before meals is a precious tradition of the Master and one we would all do well to imitate.

However, the Torah commands us to also bless God after we have eaten. The Torah says, "When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you" (Deuteronomy 8:10).

The Torah gave this commandment to the children of Israel so that they would not forget God. The materialism of wealth and success are dangerous to our souls. When we are fat and happy, we are apt to ignore God, forget about His commandments and turn away from Him. Moses warned the children of Israel that their success and prosperity in the land of Israel would give them proud hearts and make them forget the LORD. He warned the Israelites not to tell themselves, "My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth" (Deuteronomy 8:17).

This can be compared to a young student who received an allowance from his father while he studied. The monthly allowance covered all of his living expenses. His father also paid tuition for his son. So long as the student depended on the monthly allowance money from his father, he was careful to meet all of his father's expectations in school, write home frequently and live in keeping with his father's directives. After taking a campus job, though, the student found he no longer needed his father's monthly allowance for living expenses. He no longer worried about meeting his father's expectations. However, he forgot that his father was paying the tuition as well.

Judaism preserves an ancient after-meals prayer of thanksgiving that is still recited today. The four blessings of the traditional Grace After Meals can be found in any Jewish prayer book. The oldest version of Grace After Meals is preserved in the Didache. This early, apostolic-age Grace After Meals was composed by early believers. They recited it together after meals to fulfill the commandment of Deuteronomy 8:10. Like the traditional Jewish version of Grace After Meals, it consists of four blessings thanking God for provision and looking forward to the Messianic era.

RSS 46: Eikev | עקב |

RSS 46: Eikev | עקב |

RSS 46: Eikev | עקב |

This Week's Reading: Ends 8/5/17 Tags: Jah (Belief) Rastafari Movement(Religion) Biblical Sabbath Weekly Torah Portion Shabbat Vaetchanan pleaded DSRradio Rss#45 LionOfJudahSociety ethiopia

This Week's Portion #45

Vaetchanan | ואתחנן | "And I pleaded" ለመንሁ | Lemen’hu (lemenhu)
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2. Prophets Reading

Isaiah 40:1-26

3. New Testament Reading

Matt. 23:31-39; Mark 12:28-34

Portion Outline - TORAH

  • Deuteronomy 3:23 | Moses Views Canaan from Pisgah
  • Deuteronomy 4:1 | Moses Commands Obedience
  • Deuteronomy 4:41 | Cities of Refuge East of the Jordan
  • Deuteronomy 4:44 | Transition to the Second Address
  • Deuteronomy 5:1 | The Ten Commandments
  • Deuteronomy 5:22 | Moses the Mediator of God's Will
  • Deuteronomy 6:1 | The Great Commandment
  • Deuteronomy 6:10 | Caution against Disobedience
  • Deuteronomy 7:1 | A Chosen People

Portion Outline - PROPHETS

  • Isaiah 40:1 | God's People Are Comforted

Portion Study Book Download & Summary

DEVARIM Hebrew Book of Deuteronomy - Torah Portion Vol.5 (FREE PDF)DEVARIM Hebrew Book of Deuterronomy - Torah Portion Vol.5 (FREE PDF)

The forty-fifth reading from the Torah and the second reading from the book of Deuteronomy is named Va’etchanan (ואתחנן), which means “and I besought.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “I also pleaded (va’etchanan) with the LORD at that time” (Deuteronomy 3:23). The portion completes the historical prologue of the Deuteronomy covenant document and begins a rehearsal of the stipulations. Part of that rehearsal is a repetition of the Ten Commandments and the famous first passage of the Shema: Deuteronomy 6:4–9.

Portion Commentary

Answer to Prayer

Thought for the Week:

Just as Moses longed to enter the land, so too Yeshua awaits His return to Israel. He awaits the day of redemption when He can return at last to His land, His people and His disciples and thereby bring His great redemptive work to its conclusion.

Commentary:

I also pleaded with the LORD at that time. (Deuteronomy 3:23)

We don't always get what we ask for.

Moses wanted to enter the Promised Land. More than anything, he wanted to finish the journey, cross the Jordan and stand on the soil of the holy land. He pleaded with the LORD, "Let me, I pray, cross over and see the fair land that is beyond the Jordan" (Deuteronomy 3:25). Ordinarily Moses got what he asked for. Whether he asked for miraculous provision, amazing signs and wonders, direct answers from heaven or divine assistance and rescue, God heard the prayers of Moses and answered them immediately. But not even Moses got everything he wanted. Despite his earnest entreaties, God refused to allow Moses to enter Canaan. The LORD replied to his prayers, saying, "Enough! Speak to Me no more of this matter" (Deuteronomy 3:26).

The LORD is gracious and compassionate. He delights to answer the prayers of His children. He opens His hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing. If an earthly father gives good gifts to his children when they ask him, how much more so does our heavenly Father delight to answer our prayers? Yeshua teaches us, "Whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you" (John 15:16). Nevertheless, the answer to prayer is sometimes "No."

If God gave me everything I asked for in prayer, it would be the same as giving me the power of being God. I might arbitrarily change the color of the sky, reorganize the chemical composition of water, turn time backward or wish the universe out of existence. Obviously God has to reserve the right to say no to our prayers. James the brother of the Master says, "You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures" (James 4:3).

Even when we ask with the right motives, God still might have to say no. When we pray, we need to trust in God's wisdom and kindness, knowing that He has our best interests in mind. Though we don't always get an affirmative answer, we can be confident that our prayers are heard.

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