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Memorial Parsha of Jesus Christ: Va’etchanan Deuteronomy 4

July 24, 2010

 Welcome to the Memorial Parsha of Jesus Christ. The Memorial Parsha VA’etchanan, in the book of Deuteronomy 3:23 – Deuteronomy 7:11. Haftorah VA’et’chanan, in Isaiah 40:1-26 

Welcome to the Memorial Parsha of Jesus Christ. The Disciples Memorial Parsha of Jesus Christ can be found in the Haphtarah of Isaiah 40:1-26, that starts off the Shabbat Nahamu (Nachumu). The opening words of the Prophet Isaiah are console, console, console; which is the beginning of a seven week cycle of Haftorah’s in the book of Isaiah, the last twenty-six chapters. The Haftorah’s that we will be reading will focus on the theme of consoling the exiles in Babylonia; remaining in hope of returning to Jerusalem to rebuild the second temple (destroyed again in 70 AD); and prophetic testimony of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ that the Gentiles will put their trust; and prophetic testimony of Jesus the Messiah that will gather the seed of Abraham, and the fulfillment of Moses law to seek and save the lost of the house of Israel. 

The Seed of Israel: divisions of Israel (Numbers 1:1-54), carry the portable sanctuary, which is called a Tabernacle (Mishkans), in the Tent of Meeting (Ohel Mo-ed). Moses preached to the ancient church saying, Deuteronomy 4. 

Ephraim – West (Gershonites Levites) 

–       Manasseh 

–       Ephraim 

–       Benjamin 

Dan – North (Merarites Levites) 

–       Asher 

–       Dan 

–       Naphtali 

Reuben – South (Kohathites Levites) 

–       Gad 

–       Reuben 

–       Simeon 

Judah – East 

–       Issachar (Moses, Aaron, and Aaron and Sons) 

–       Judah 

–       Zebulun 

 God of Wonders, <enter video here> Lord of all creation Of water, earth, and sky The heavens are Your tabernacle Glory to the Lord on high God of wonders beyond our galaxy You are holy, holy! The universe declares Your majesty You are holy, holy! Lord of heaven and earth Lord of heaven and earth Early in the morning I will celebrate the light And when I stumble in the darkness I will call Your name by night Hallelujah, to the Lord of heaven and earth Hallelujah, to the Lord of heaven and earth Hallelujah, to the Lord of heaven and earth God of wonders beyond our galaxy You are holy, holy! Precious Lord, reveal Your heart to me Father, hold me, hold me The universe declares Your majesty You are holy, holy! Holy, holy! 

  Isaiah 40:29-30 

Isaiah 40 (King James Version)

Isaiah 40:1-26:  God’s People Are Comforted 

 1Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. 

 2Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. 

 3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God

 4Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: 

 5And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. 

 6The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: 

 7The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. 

 8The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. 

 9O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! 

 10Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. 

 11He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. 

 12Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 

 13Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? 

 14With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? 

 15Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. 

 16And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. 

 17All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. 

 18To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? 

 19The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains. 

 20He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved. 

 21Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 

 22It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: 

 23That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. 

 24Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. 

 25To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. 

 26Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. 

 27Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? 

 28Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 

 29He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 

 30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:  31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. 

Walking in Authority, by Donnie McClurkin,   


Deuteronomy 4:1-49  

Deuteronomy 4:1-14:  Moses Commands Obedience 

Moses speaks to the children of Israel to listen to the statutes and the judgments’ that he has taught and to do the statutes that you may live and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers is giving you: Moses Law. 

Moses commands that a word shall not be added to the commandments of God. A word shall not be taken away from the commandments of God. (2). Moses goes onto say that all of the generation before you are not here today, but you are here today because you held fast to the LORD your God. Moses teaches about the destruction at Baal Peor, in the Memorial Parsha of Pinchas (Numbers 25-30); and the anger of the LORD God, unleashed against his people. Balaam the son of Beor picked up his reward and was struck down when the Army of the Lord entered into land of the Midianites and destroyed the land and the people. (Numbers 31:6-13). This is an excellent chapter to discuss the communicative diseases that spread and plague a community. As a matter of fact all vows are accepted by God from all mankind, but the church will not be offering animal sacrifices. Nevertheless, the early church (gentiles/saints) was required to observe the sacrifices at the three festivals per year. On the contrast, God’s word is the ark of the testimony. God commanded you to perform the covenant that he wrote on two tablets of stone – the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 20:1-17). 

Deuteronomy 4:15-40:  Beware of Idolatry. 

God reminds the people that you know that God is a formless feature (4:35-36, 39). You shall not worship any form of likeness of God, because no man has ever seen God. (Deuteronomy 4:15-19).  Today you have been delivered out of the house of bondage, the iron furnace, out of Egypt to be his people so that you would not have to worship their gods. (Jeremiah 46:1). 

Next Moses reiterates that the LORD was angry with him for your sakes and swore that he shall not cross over the Jordan, and that he would not enter the good land which the LORD your God is giving the children of Israel as an inheritance. (Deuteronomy 1:37; 3:25-27).  Moses shall die in this land, but you shall cross over and possess the promise land, in the land of the Canaan. 

Moses preaches that you shall teach the children the commandments of the LORD God, and you shall not forget that it shall be forbidden that your descendants act corruptly with carved images of god and do evil in the sight of the LORD God to provoke the anger of the LORD God. The heavens and the earth, two elements Moses calls to witness that you shall perish from the land over across the Jordan that you shall possess: your days shall not be prolonged and you shall perish. Moses has explained the manner in which the enemy will exile the children of Israel from the land. 

Moses preaches that when you are in exile you will serve the gods made by the hands of men, that are wood and stone that cannot hear or see. Then you will seek the LORD God and you will find Him because God is a merciful God. God will not forsake you, destroy you or forget the covenant of your fathers which he swore to them, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; through miracles since the beginning of the earth (4:29-34, 37, and 38). 

Deuteronomy 4:41-43:  Cities of Refuge East of the Jordan 

Moses preaches the about the cities of Refuge that have been assigned when crossing over into the Jordan as the Lord God commanded in the Memorial Parsha Mattos-Massei, in Numbers 35:7-30. The Cities of Refuge are used for unintentional crimes that result in death. A person could stay there until judgment, thus being innocent until proven guilty. (Numbers 35:25-30; and Deuteronomy 4:42). The cities will be Bezer (Reuben; 1st Chronicles 5:1-6; 10); Gilead (Gad; 1st Chronicles 5:18-22); and Golan in Bashan (the land of the giants (Manasseh; 1st Chronicles 5:25-26). 

Deuteronomy 4:44-49:  Introduction to God’s Law 

Moses preaches the introduction to Moses law, just as he did in the Memorial Parsha of Mattos-Massei (Deuteronomy 1:5). This is Moses law that you shall enter promise land and do the statutes and judgments of the LORD God, which are the testimony of the children of Israel when they came out of the land of bondage, out of Egypt with a high hand. (Exodus 15). Moses Law was preached on this side of the Jordan in the land of Sihon the king of Amorites’ and the children of Israel, the second generation defeated (Deuteronomy 2:26-37). Then the children of Israel took possession of the land of Og the king of Bashan (Deuteronomy 4:44-49; 3:1-11). 

Donald Lawrence, and the Tri-City Choir, The blessings of Abraham.  

Verse 1:]
I am the Lord
who healeth thee.
Oh that you only trust in Me
You are the seed my faith receive
the blessings of Abraham
the blessings of Abraham 

Its your inheritance
get your inheritance
you are the seed
my faith receive
the blessings of Abraham
the blessings of Abraham

[Repeat all of that again] 

[Verse 2:]
Whatever you are
wherever you go,
whatever you touch anointed to grow
you are the seed by faith receive
the blessings of Abraham
the blessings of Abraham

Its your inheritance
get your inheritance
(both hands)
you are the seed
my faith receive
the blessings of Abraham
the blessings of Abraham 

It’s yours
its yours
get your inheritance

the head not the tail
above not beneath a lender
(both hands)
not a barrower
Get your inheritance
Get your inheritance

[repeat till ready to end the song] 

you are the seed
my faith receive

the blessings of Abraham
the blessings of Abraham
(both hands)
you are the seed
my faith receive

the blessings of Abraham
the blessings of Abraham –  ammmm
get your inheritance  

Blow the Trumpet in Zion,

Daniel 3:13-30:  Daniels friends Disobey the King; 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?”
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Daniel 3:19-30:  Saved in a Fiery Trial
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”
They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”
25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. 27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.
28 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! 29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.”
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon. (Daniel 3:13-30, New King James Version)

1st Corinthian 15:17-28:  The resurrection of the dead
 17And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
 18Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
 19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
 20But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
 21For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
 22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
 23But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
 24Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
 25For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
 26The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
 27For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
 28And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:17-28, King James Version)

Matthew 18:15-20:  A brother sins against you – in the church.
 15Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
 16But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
 17And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
 18Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
 19Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
 20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:15-20, King James Version)

John 8:12-30:  I am the light of the world.
 12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
 13The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.
 14Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.
 15Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
 16And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.
 17It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.
 18I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
 19Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.
 20These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.
 21Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.
 22Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.
 23And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
 24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
 25Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.
 26I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
 27They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.
 28Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
 29And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
 30As he spake these words, many believed on him. (John 8:12-30, King James Version)

Hebrews 10:26-38: The Just shall live by faith.
 26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
 27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
 28He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
 29Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
 30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
 32But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
 33Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
 34For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
 35Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
 36For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
 37For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
 38Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. (Hebrews 10:26-38, King James Version)

2nd Peter 2:20-21: The Deception of False Teachers. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. (2 Peter 2:20-21, New King James Version)

Romans 9:16-23:  Israel’s rejection not final (Rejection of the Christ, the Annointing or Annointed One) 16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. (Romans 11:16-23, New King James Version)

  1. Hebrews 10:30 Deuteronomy 32:35
  2. Hebrews 10:30 NU-Text omits says the Lord.
  3. Hebrews 10:30 Deuteronomy 32:36
  4. Hebrews 10:34 NU-Text reads the prisoners instead of me in my chains.
  5. Hebrews 10:34 NU-Text omits in heaven.
  6. Hebrews 10:37 Or that which
  7. Hebrews 10:38 NU-Text reads My just one.
  8. Hebrews 10:38 Habakkuk 2:3, 4 


Vandeman, George E., What I like About… Lutherans, Bapists, Methodists, Charismatics, Catholics, Jewish, and the Adventists: Rescuers of the Neglected truth. ISBN: 0-8163-0668-0. Edited by K. McFarland. Copyright 1986. Pacific Press Publishing Association. Boise, Idaho. 

Shabbat Nachamu (“Shabbat of Consolation”).  The Shabbat after the Ninth of Av is called Shabbat Nachamu (“Shabbat of Consolation”) after the opening words of the day’s reading from the prophets (“haftara”). This is the first of the series of readings known as “The Seven of Consolation” read in the seven weeks from the Ninth of Av to Rosh Hashanah. 


  1. The Seven Weeks of Consolation,
  2. Consolation,
  3. Shabbat Nachmu,

The Disciples of Jesus Christ’s Memorial Parsha Va’etchanan. Saturday, July 24th, 2010. Deuteronomy 3-7.

Disciples of Jesus Christ’s Memorial Parsha: Devarim-Deuteronomy 2. Saturday, July 17th, 2010.

Disciples of Jesus Christ’s Memorial Parsha: Devarim – Deuteronomy 1. Saturday, July 17th, 2010. 

Memorial Parsha of Jesus Christ, Mattos-Masei Numbers 33. Saturday, July 10th, 2010.

Jesus Christ Memorial Parsha: Pinchas Numbers 28. Saturday , July 3rd, 2010. 


Shabbat Nachmu, 

{Video} Blow the trumpet in zion, 

The temple,


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