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Parashah 53: Ha'azinu (Hear)
Deuteronomy 32:1-52

Parashah 53: Ha'azinu (Hear) Deuteronomy 32:1-52

Haftarah reading: 2 Samuel 22:1-51.

B'rit Hadasha suggested reading: Romans 10:14-21 and 12:14-21.

(Tanach Scriptures are from Stern's Complete Jewish Bible; B'rit Chadash Scriptures from the AENT.)

Welcome "newbies" and "oldies!" As you all know, Torah was written by Moshe (Moses) and consists of the first five Books of the Bible which contain God's original Divine Instructions in Righteousness. Since this is a Netzarim (Nazarene/Messianic) website, we refer to God by His proper Name: Yud-Hey-Vav-Hey, transliterated into English as YHWH, and most likely pronounced "Yah-way" (see Exodus 3:13-15). His Son's Name is Y'shua (most likely pronounced "Ye-shoo-ah"). Enjoy this week's Torah portion!

Before we get into today's study....

It is very important to be aware of some things concerning Torah! First, note that Moshe ordered the Torah he had written to be placed next to the ark (Deuteronomy 31:24-29) - which means it "crossed the Jordan" and went into the Promised Land with YHWH's people. We know this because of the following verses, and also because the Torah is IN our Bibles today (Hello!)....

Many people insist that Torah was "only for the Jews" - but this is not true, because as we can see throughout the Torah, it was meant for all the 12 tribes AND the gentiles who had followed Moshe out of Egypt. We must also remember that Cain and Abel provided sin sacrifices, and they weren't Jews; and Noah knew the difference between "clean and unclean" and he wasn't a Jew, either...There were no Jews until Jacob had one of his 12 sons whom he named Yehudah [Judah] who became the Tribe of Judah, where the word "Jew" comes from. But yet, EVERYONE up until that time (except, of course, the pagans and heathens who were believers in other gods) was Torah observant!)

Yes, YHWH ordered the Tribe of Yehudah to guard it (Genesis 49:10, Micah 4:2) but that didn't mean it was only for "the Jews":

Genesis 49: 10 The scepter will not pass from Y'hudah, nor the ruler's staff from between his legs, until he comes to whom [obedience] belongs; and it is he whom the peoples will obey.

Micah 4: 2 Many Gentiles will go and say, "Come, let's go up to the mountain of ADONAI, to the house of the God of Ya'akov! He will teach us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths." For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.

Does the above allude to the idea that Gentiles could ignore YHWH's Torah? Please read and re-read it until you can see exactly what Micah said.

To see the significance of Moshe's dying words to Israel, we need to refer back to last week's Torah portion which included this important passage from Deuteronomy 27:

Deuteronomy 27: 1 Then Moshe and all the leaders of Isra'el gave orders to the people. They said, "Observe all the mitzvot I am giving you today. 2 When you cross the Yarden to the land ADONAI your God is giving you, you are to set up large stones, put plaster on them, 3 and, after crossing over, write this Torah on them, every word -so that you can enter the land ADONAI your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as ADONAI, the God of your ancestors, promised you. 4 When you have crossed the Yarden, you are to set up these stones, as I am ordering you today, on Mount 'Eival; and put plaster on them. 5 There you are to erect an altar to ADONAI your God, an altar made of stones. You are not to use any iron tool on them, 6 but are to build the altar of ADONAI your God of uncut stones; and you are to offer burnt offerings on it to ADONAI your God. 7 Also you are to sacrifice peace offerings, eat there and be joyful in the presence of ADONAI your God. 8 You are to write on the stones all the words of this Torah very clearly."

Note that Torah was written ON STONES with plaster on them, revealing it was to last FOREVER:

2 When you cross the Yarden to the land ADONAI your God is giving you, you are to set up large stones, put plaster on them, 3 and, after crossing over, write this Torah on them, every word -so that you can enter the land ADONAI your God is giving you....

Note also that "8 You are to write on the stones all the words of this Torah very clearly."

Could Moshe have been any clearer? Now take a look at this passage in today's Torah portion in which we see Moshe ordering the Torah he had written to be placed next to the ark:

Deuteronomy 31: 24 Moshe kept writing the words of this Torah in a book until he was done. When he had finished, 25 Moshe gave these orders to the L'vi'im who carried the ark with the covenant of ADONAI: 26 "Take this book of the Torah and put it next to the ark with the covenant of ADONAI your God, so that it can be there to witness against you. 27 For I know how rebellious and stiffnecked you are! Here, even while I am still alive with you today, you have rebelled against ADONAI; so how much more will you do so after my death? 28 Assemble for me all the leaders of your tribes and your officials, so that I can say these things in their hearing, calling heaven and earth to witness against them - 29 because I know that after my death you will become very corrupt and turn aside from the way that I have ordered you, and that disaster will come upon you in the acharit-hayamim, because you will do what ADONAI sees as evil and provoke him by your deeds."

Now take a look at Joshua 8 (remember, Joshua was Moshe's successor), which proves that Torah was pertinent to not just "the Jews" but to EVERYONE, including the "foreigners" who had come out of Egypt with Moshe! ("Foreigners" are those who have accepted the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - today's Christians....)

Joshua 8: 30 Then Y'hoshua built an altar to ADONAI, the God of Isra'el, on Mount 'Eival, 31 as Moshe the servant of ADONAI had ordered the people of Isra'el to do (this is written in the book of the Torah of Moshe), an altar of uncut stones that no one had touched with an iron tool. On it they offered burnt offerings to ADONAI and sacrificed peace offerings. 32 He wrote there on the stones a copy of the Torah of Moshe, inscribing it in the presence of the people of Isra'el. 33 Then all Isra'el, including their leaders, officials and judges, stood on either side of the ark in front of the cohanim, who were L'vi'im and who carried the ark for the covenant of ADONAI. The foreigners were there along with the citizens. Half of the people were in front of Mount G'rizim and half of them in front of Mount 'Eival, as Moshe the servant of ADONAI had ordered them earlier in connection with blessing the people of Isra'el. 34 After this, he read all the words of the Torah, the blessing and the curse, according to everything written in the book of the Torah. 35 There was not a word of everything Moshe had ordered that Y'hoshua did not read before all Isra'el assembled, including the women, the little ones and the foreigners living with them.

How could ANYONE EVER suggest Torah is NOT important to anyone who believes in YHWH?

Today's lesson starts with Moshe's song which summarizes the history of the Israelites - a song filled with pain after being told (in last week's parashah) that Moshe himself would die and not see the Promised land, and that - after all the teaching and prophesying he has done, YHWH's people would end up not obeying. Let's quickly take a look at what happened last week:

Deuteronomy 31: 16 ADONAI said to Moshe, "You are about to sleep with your ancestors. But this people will get up and offer themselves as prostitutes to the foreign gods of the land where they are going. When they are with those gods, they will abandon me and break my covenant which I have made with them. 17 Then my anger will flare up, and I will abandon them and hide my face from them. They will be devoured, and many calamities and troubles will come upon them. Then they will ask, 'Haven't these calamities come upon us because our God isn't here with us?' 18 But I will be hiding my face from them because of all the evil they will have done in turning to other gods.

Then Moshe tells his people:

Deuteronomy 31: 24 Moshe kept writing the words of this Torah in a book until he was done. When he had finished, 25 Moshe gave these orders to the L'vi'im who carried the ark with the covenant of ADONAI: 26 "Take this book of the Torah and put it next to the ark with the covenant of ADONAI your God, so that it can be there to witness against you. 27 For I know how rebellious and stiffnecked you are! Here, even while I am still alive with you today, you have rebelled against ADONAI; so how much more will you do so after my death? 28 Assemble for me all the leaders of your tribes and your officials, so that I can say these things in their hearing, calling heaven and earth to witness against them - 29 because I know that after my death you will become very corrupt and turn aside from the way that I have ordered you, and that disaster will come upon you in the acharit-hayamim, because you will do what ADONAI sees as evil and provoke him by your deeds."

Then Moshe tells his people, beginning in today's Torah portion:

Deuteronomy 32: 1 "Hear, oh heavens, as I speak! Listen, earth, to the words from my mouth! 2 May my teaching fall like rain. May my speech condense like dew, like light rain on blades of grass, or showers on growing plants.

Please note the word "listen" above - In Hebrew it is "shema" which means "hear and do!" (As in "Shema Yisrael, YHWH Eloheinu, YHWH echad." (Hear [hear and do!] O Israel, YHWH is our God, YHWH is One.")

Note also the beautiful metaphor of "May my speech condense like dew, like light rain on blades of grass." TORAH is like rain or dew; you can't really get away from it. Even if you manage to find shelter from the rain, you will end up walking on grass or soil still wet from the life-giving rain....

Deuteronomy 32: 3 "For I will proclaim the name of ADONAI. Come, declare the greatness of our God! 4 The Rock! His work is perfect, for all his ways are just. A trustworthy God who does no wrong, he is righteous and straight. 5 "He is not corrupt; the defect is in his children, a crooked and perverted generation. 6 You foolish people, so lacking in wisdom, is this how you repay ADONAI? He is your father, who made you his! It was he who formed and prepared you!

Since the beginning YHWH has continuously reached out to mankind. But today, as in days of old, we hardly bother to obey very well. Take, for instance, what He says here. (Doesn't the following sound like YHWH is talking to us today?)

Deuteronomy 32: 19 "ADONAI saw and was filled with scorn at his sons' and daughters' provocation. 20 He said, 'I will hide my face from them and see what will become of them; for they are a perverse generation, untrustworthy children. 21 They aroused my jealousy with a non-god and provoked me with their vanities; I will arouse their jealousy with a non-people and provoke them with a vile nation. 22 "'For my anger has been fired up. It burns to the depths of Sh'ol, devouring the earth and its crops, kindling the very roots of the hills. 23 I will heap disasters on them and use up all my arrows against them.

Notice how "they aroused His jealousy with a non-god and provoked Him with their vanities"? Today, how many "non-gods" are there? There is Allah and Bhudda and Krishna…and truth be told, is the Torah-less "Jesus" really the Son YHWH sent to be His "arm" (Isaiah 53:1)? Jesus, according to Christianity, is someone who came to abolish His Father's Torah and do away with all of His "forever" commands, including the Seventh Day Sabbath and the Biblical Feasts. Somehow, "fulfilled" seems to have translated into "abolished" or "put an end to" - even though nothing could be further from the truth!

Notice where YHWH said above: I will arouse their jealousy with a non-people and provoke them with a vile nation. To whom is He referring? Who are the "non-people"? The goyim (Gentiles)! Anyone who does not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! They are the Muslims, atheists and agnostics; they are those "religious" folks who do not truly belong to Him, even though they proclaim to; they are those who proclaim a god other than YHWH and the Son He sent to be our Final SIN Sacrifice and who came to proclaim the Kingdom of YHWH!

And who does the "vile nation" above refer to? Perhaps Islam - those who wish to take mankind even further into paganism and away from the Word of YHWH. Islam is slowly making its way across the entire world, and Muslims won't rest until they convert ALL of us to THEIR way of life - And what's so sad about this is that most of the world is lying down and playing dead and allowing them to take over! (Please understand, we are not talking about the good people who are trapped by the religion of Islam. Most of them simply don't know any better, and those who do are afraid to say anything for fear they might get beheaded. We are referring to those fanatics who want to kill and/or maim anyone who isn't Muslim.)

And take a look at this!

Deuteronomy 32: 28 'They are a nation without common sense, utterly lacking in discernment.'

Seems to describe the United States, doesn't it? Those few believers who actually HEAR and DO His Word are surrounded by all sorts of atheists, satanists, witches, Muslims, Orthodox Jews who deny Yeshua as our Final Sin Sacrifice, and nearly 40,000 Christian "denominations" who all proclaim to have the market cornered on Truth - never mind that their teachings in no way line up with the Bible. Most of their "truth" comes from the misunderstood writings of Apostle Paul whom they believe has set them free from any obligation to OBEY God.

All of the above describes why it is so imperative for ALL of us to get into the Scriptures and read them in context. Please, please make the effort to note how very adamant YHWH is about obeying His Torah:

Deuteronomy 32: 44 Moshe came and proclaimed all the words of this song in the hearing of the people and of Hoshea the son of Nun. 45 When he had finished speaking all these words to all Isra'el, 46 he said to them, "Take to heart all the words of my testimony against you today, so that you can use them in charging your children to be careful to obey all the words of this Torah. 47 For this is not a trivial matter for you; on the contrary, it is your life! Through it you will live long in the land you are crossing the Yarden to possess."

Notice Moshe said Torah is not a trivial matter; it is "your life"? GRACE to those who "didn't know" enters the picture the moment we become "believers", though, as seen in Luke 23 where the two criminals are talking to Y'shua:

Luke 23: 39. Then one of those doers of evil who was hanging there with him was blaspheming against him and said, "If you are the Mashiyach, save yourself and us also." 40. And his companion rebuked him and said to him, "You are not even afraid of Elohim, because even you are in that judgment. 41. And we are deserving justly, for as we have done we have been repaid. But that which is hateful has not been done by this man. 42. And he said to Y'shua, "Remember me my Master when you come in your Kingdom." 43. Y'shua said to him, Truly I say to you today: You will be with me in paradise.[1]

Footnote from the AENT:

[1] Compare the emphasis: "I say to you: Today you will be with me in Paradise" with, "I say to you today: You will be with me in Paradise." The first promises the immediacy of ascension, as in "today." The second promises that as Y'shua is speaking in the moment, that "you" (the man) will be in paradise. If the former, Y'shua makes a special exception for this man that he does not make for any of his disciples. The latter is more consistent with Y'shua's teaching that eternal life begins with resurrection on the last day; see John 6:40, 54. Aramaic is somewhat complex, for while there is a dalet proclitic rendered as "that" before the word "today," it does not necessarily mean the same thing syntactically as English. Paul Younan renders this in the former, Lamsa the latter. When reviewing John 6:40, 54 in Aramaic, the second reading is preferred.

Notice the first criminal arrogantly demanded proof that Y'shua was indeed the Mashiyach (verse 39), while the second immediately rebuked that comment because he recognized Y'shua as Elohim, and admitted they were getting what they deserved for having lived an evil life! Y'shua then tells him he WILL be with Him in paradise....This shows that someone can "be saved" moments before death. It does NOT, however, show that one can accept Y'shua as Messiah and then go on to live a carnal life. Once we have accepted the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we MUST do everything in our power to learn to obey and live a set apart life, as reflected in these passages:

Numbers 15: 30 "'But an individual who does something wrong intentionally, whether a citizen or a foreigner, is blaspheming ADONAI. That person will be cut off from his people.

Hebrews 6: 4. But they who have once descended to immersion and have tasted the gift from heaven and have received the Ruach haKodesh 5. and have tasted the good Word of Elohim and the power of the world to come, 6. cannot again sin and a second time be renewed to repentance; or a second time execute him on a stake and insult the Son of Elohim. 7. For the earth that drinks the rain which comes often upon it and produces the herb that is of use to those for whom it is cultivated, receives a blessing from Elohim. 8. But if it should put forth thorns and briers, it would be discarded and be approaching closely to a curse, and its end would be a conflagration.

Hebrews 10: 26 For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but only the terrifying prospect of Judgment, or raging fire that will consume the enemies.

Moving on with this week's Torah portion:

Deuteronomy 32: 48 That same day ADONAI said to Moshe, 49 "Go up into the 'Avarim Range, to Mount N'vo, in the land of Mo'av across from Yericho; and look out over the land of Kena'an, which I am giving the people of Isra'el as a possession. 50 On the mountain you are ascending you will die and be gathered to your people, just as Aharon your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people. 51 The reason for this is that both of you broke faith with me there among the people of Isra'el at the M'rivat-Kadesh Spring, in the Tzin Desert; you failed to demonstrate my holiness there among the people of Isra'el. 52 So you will see the land from a distance, but you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Isra'el."

Notice also the last verse above where YHWH admonishes Moshe that he "failed to demonostrate His holiness." What a powerful verse! How often do WE fail to demonstrate His holiness because we're too busy with our own lives to give more than those couple hours to God on Sunday morning? How often do we act in a carnal, ungodly manner during the week? How often do we fail Him? How often do we disappoint Him and then chalk it up as "Oh well, I believe in Jesus and so I'm forgiven"....

Remember, Moshe was probably more obedient to God than any of us could ever hope to be, but YHWH refused to allow him entrance into the Promised Land because he had been guilty of the sin of disobedience, himself (YHWH had told him to SPEAK to the rock that brought water - but, because the people had angered Moshe, he hit the rock, instead: Numbers 20:8-11). That was enough to provoke YHWH's anger against Moshe.

Does this mean Moshe won't see Heaven? Of course he will enter Heaven - the Levite priests at the time continuously offered sin sacrifices on their people's behalf! Moshe was among YHWH's faithful servants; he believed and obeyed to the best of his ability. He just didn't get to go to the Promised Land here on Earth because that was his punishment at the time.

So, if God didn't allow Moshe to enter the Promised Land for merely being guilty of striking the rock instead of speaking it as commanded, what do you think YHWH will do with today's "religious" leaders who don't even bother to keep the commanded Seventh Day Sabbath or the Biblical Feasts? Do you think THEY will get to enter the "Promised Land" of Heaven? How about those religious leaders who purposely sin and then beg their congregations for forgiveness? Everyone who makes excuses for their behavior needs to read the following:

Hebrews 10: 26 For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but only the terrifying prospect of Judgment, or raging fire that will consume the enemies.

Do you ever see any famous "movie stars" proclaiming YHWH or His Son? Do you ever see any news anchors talk about the Scriptures? We hardly EVER hear anything about God and the Bible. And whenever they attempt to discuss spiritual matters, they normally botch it up by interviewing Orthodox Jews who deny Yeshua, or Christian pastors who proclaim something other than what is actually written in the Bible, or who simply adhere to an NT-only theology.

The world, for the most part, is blind to YHWH and His Word, yet there are all kinds of pastors and self-proclaimed "prophets" on the internet who push their own doctrines - and some are making bundles of money from their "fluff." The well-known televangelist and self-proclaimed prophet Jack Van Impe insists the Pope is the Antichrist and the Catholic Church is the beast, etc. He apparently can't see that the Pope is NOT "anti-Christ" - he is FOR Christ (although Catholics have made Mary the center of their worship). Plus, the Catholic Church doesn't go around BEHEADING people as we see in Revelation 20:4. But judging by the fact that Jack Van Impe's TV ministry has continued for years on end, many have obviously allowed themselves to be fooled by him and fully intend to support his lies until the rapture comes.

The sad thing is, there are many false preachers and prophets and self-proclaimed "intellects" who are pushing MAN's ideas instead of YHWH's. What's even more sad is that many are falling for their off the mark "fluff".... How does this happen? Because many, if not most, people don't read the Bible for themselves; let alone, in context!

Many of us tend to overlook the fact that there is more to the Bible and to being a believer. YHWH gave us some "forever" commands, and "forever" hasn't ended yet…That is the bottom line.

Matthew 5: 17 Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah - not until everything that must happen has happened. 19 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot (words/commands) and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah-teachers and P'rushim, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

QUESTION: Has everything happened that must happen? Have heaven and Earth passed away yet? Since when does the word "complete" (or "fulfill) mean "abolished"? Why would God abolish His own original divine teachings which He said were to last forever? Did Jesus come to make a liar out of YHWH (Yahweh), God the Father?

Haftarah reading:

2 Samuel 22: 1 David said the words of this song to ADONAI on the day ADONAI delivered him from the power of all his enemies and from the power of Sha'ul. 2 He said: "ADONAI is my Rock, my fortress and deliverer, 3 the God who is my Rock, in whom I find shelter, my shield, the power that saves me, my stronghold and my refuge. My savior, you have saved me from violence. 4 I call on ADONAI, who is worthy of praise; and I am saved from my enemies. 5 "For death's breakers were closing over me, the floods of B'liya'al terrified me, 6 the ropes of Sh'ol were wrapped around me, the snares of death lay there before me.

7 In my distress I called to ADONAI; yes, I called to my God. Out of his temple he heard my voice, and my cry entered his ears. 8 "Then the earth quaked and shook, the foundations of heaven trembled. They were shaken because he was angry. 9 Smoke arose in his nostrils; and from his mouth, devouring fire, with coals blazing from it. 10 He lowered heaven and came down with thick darkness under his feet. 11 He rode on a keruv and flew, he was seen on the wings of the wind. 12 He made darkness his canopy around him, thick clouds in the skies dense with water. 13 From the brightness before him, fiery coals flamed out.

14 "ADONAI thundered from heaven, Ha'Elyon sounded his voice. 15 He sent out arrows and scattered them; with lightning he routed them. 16 The channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were exposed at ADONAI's rebuke, at the blast of breath from his nostrils. 17 "He sent from on high, he took me and pulled me out of deep water; 18 he rescued me from my powerful enemy, from those who hated me, for they were stronger than I. 19 They came against me on my day of calamity, but ADONAI was my support. 20 "He brought me out to an open place; he rescued me, because he took pleasure in me. 21 ADONAI rewarded me for my uprightness, he repaid me because my hands were clean. 22 "For I have kept the ways of ADONAI, I have not done evil by leaving my God; 23 for all his rulings were before me, I did not depart from his regulations.

24 I was pure-hearted toward him and kept myself from my sin. 25 "Hence ADONAI repaid me for my uprightness, according to my purity in his view. 26 With the merciful, you are merciful; with the champion of purity, you are pure; 27 with the honest, you are honest; but with the crooked you are cunning. 28 People afflicted, you save; but when your eyes are on the haughty, you humble them. 29 "For you, ADONAI, are my lamp; ADONAI lights up my darkness. 30 With you I can run through a whole troop of men, with my God I can leap a wall. 31 "As for God, his way is perfect, the word of ADONAI has been tested by fire; he shields all who take refuge in him. 32 For who is God but ADONAI, and who is a Rock but our God? 33 "God is my strength and protection; he makes my way go straight.

34 He makes me swift and sure-footed as a deer and enables me to stand on my high places. 35 He trains my hands for war until my arms can bend a bow of bronze; 36 You give me your shield, which is salvation; your answers make me great. 37 You lengthen the steps I can take, yet my ankles do not turn. 38 "I pursued my enemies and wiped them out, without turning back until they were destroyed. 39 I destroyed them, crushed them; they can't get up; they have fallen under my feet. 40 "For you braced me with strength for the battle and bent down my adversaries beneath me. 41 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, so that I could destroy those who hate me. 42 "They looked, but there was no one to help, even to ADONAI, but he didn't answer.

43 I pulverized them like dust on the ground, pounded and stamped on them like mud in the streets. 44 "You also freed me from the quarrels of my people. You kept me to be the head of the nations; a people I did not know now serve me. 45 Foreigners come cringing to me; the moment they hear of me, they obey me. 46 Foreigners lose heart as they stagger from their fortresses. 47 "ADONAI is alive! Blessed is my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock of my salvation, 48 the God who gives me vengeance and makes peoples submit to me. 49 He brings me out from my enemies. You raise me over those who rebel against me, you rescue me from violent men. 50 "So I give thanks to you, ADONAI, among the nations; I sing praises to your name. 51 He is a tower of salvation for his king; he displays grace to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever."

Br'it Chadasha reading:

Paul reiterated everything Yeshua taught and - contrary to popular opinion - he constantly upheld Torah as we see in today's suggest Brit Chadashah (NT) teachings:

Romans 10: 14. How then will they call on him, in whom they have not believed? Or, how will they believe in him, of whom they have not heard? Or, how will they hear, without a preacher? 15. Or, how will they preach if they are not sent forth? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of the heralds of peace [1] and of the heralds of good things? 16. But all of them have not obeyed the proclamation of the Good News. For, Yesha'yahu said: My Master,[2] who has believed our report? 17. Therefore, faith is from the hearing in the ear; and the hearing in the ear, is from the Word of Elohim.

18. But I say: Have they not heard? And, lo, their proclamation has gone out into all the earth; and their words to the ends of the world. 19. But I say: Did not Israel know? First, Moshe said thus: I will awaken your emulation by a people which is not a people; and by a disobedient people I will provoke you. 20. And Yesha'yahu was bold, and said: I was seen by those who did not seek me out; and I was found by those who did not ask after me. 21. But to Israel, he said: All the day have I stretched out my hands to a contentious and disobedient people.

Footnotes from the AENT:

[1] Isaiah 52:7; Nahum 1:15. The Hebrew b'sorah (good tidings) originates from the prime word basar; tidings or news. David says, "I have preached righteousness in the great congregation." Psalm 40:9. The Good News is that YHWH and His Mashiyach are righteous and Just, and all who put their Faith in YHWH are being called into righteousness to walk as Mashiyach walked.

[2] In Isaiah 53:1 YHWH (MarYah) is in conversation with the prophet, referenced by the words, "who has believed our report." But Rav Shaul points out that the "arm of YHWH" is Y'shua who, while on Earth, is addressed in human terms, where Mari (my Master) is more appropriate. This does not mean that Y'shua is not called YHWH elsewhere but, rather, is a forceful way of identifying the source of this "arm" which relates directly to YHWH's name and His chosen messenger. He is the only "messenger" in the Tanakh with the ability to forgive sin and to officiate in the Name of YHWH, as opposed to the title of "El" (Exodus 23:20-22).

Our prayer is that this lesson touched each of you, and made you aware of the importance of OBEDIENCE to our Creator, who only wants the best for us! Obedience to YHWH is NOT an option for those of us who are His! He provided endless and in-depth guidance for moral, holy living. That never changed just because Yeshua chose to become our Final SIN Sacrifice.

There is so much more that could be said about today's study, and we wholeheartedly urge you to read the cited scriptures through, if you haven't already done so. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to write! Thank you for reading our Torah study notes for this week, and we pray for you a blessed week ahead, that may you ever grow in your knowledge of YHWH. And, as always, please let us know if you ever see anything in our studies that sounds "off the mark"! Nobody has the market cornered on absolute Truth; we are all learning and obeying to the best of our abilities....

The next Parashah reading will be:

Parashah 54: (To be read on Simchat Torah, NOT on Shabbat, but on the last day of Sukkot) V'Zot HaBrachah (This is the blessing; Deuteronomy 33:1 through 34:12.

Haftarah reading: Joshua 1:1-18.

B'rit Hadasha suggested reading: Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-10; Luke 9:28-36; Jude 3-4, 8-10.