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Memorial Parsha of Jesus Christ: Va’etchanan in Deuteronomy 6

July 31, 2010

Hezekiah Walker, “The God of Second Chance,”

Mark 7:6-13.  5So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with ‘unclean’ hands?”

6He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:
   ” ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

7They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’

8You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”
BeBe & Cee Cee Winans, “If anything ever happen to you.”  

Deuteronomy 6:1-9:  The Greatest Commandment

In the second to the last chapter of the Disciples Memorial Parsha of Va’etchanan, we expound on the 6th chapter of Deuteronomy, in the ministry of the Lord Jesus, the Holy Anointed One of Israel; ministry of Grace. Jesus ministry drew each person closer to God through the word. He preached that the Kingdom of God is at hand. John the Baptist was his forerunner, also preaching to repent the kingdom of God is at hand. Repentance is the work of grace, a necessary or must needs foundation in the church. God willing when you repent and are delivered from your sin, then you can leave your dead works that go against the faith of God, the fear and understanding of God and leads to sorrow. Sorrow can lead to the love, knowledge and understanding of God, which is the word of God; the Law of Moses. (Romans 2:4; Hebrew 6:1; 2nd Corinthians 7:1, 10). 

Also in chapter 6, in the book of Deuteronomy Moses speaks the word of God saying that God has commanded him to teach you the commandments’ and judgments.  God has commanded this day that the commandments hall be observed in the land of your inheritance, that you will possess; and that your entire household shall fear the LORD God, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged, in the land (Deuteronomy 6:1-2 and Joshua 23:6).

Moses says to the congregation, “So actually Moses law actually began back in Exodus Three: 5And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.  6Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.  7And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;  8And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.  9Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. (Exodus 3:5-9).

Many may go through similar ordeals of oppression, when we don’t know when enough is enough. Maybe thinking that you should have stayed with the job, that mate or anything that you put before God that is displeasing to him: idolatry. Meanwhile you may thinking there is so much more you could have done with an extra dollar, God has allowed the son of perdition to raise his ugly head. On the other hand, you have lost a job, and during this recession, a time of uncertainty that can be pretty demeaning and challenges your faith and everything you believe in. Know that God only wants the best for you. In the memorial of Va’eira, the generation of Abraham is chosen forever; before you are perform the mitzvoth’s. God will know if his word will stand from his sanctuary in Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 44:28).

Deuteronomy 6:10-25:  Caution against Disobedience

Therefore, Jesus calls the chosen descendants from the first generation to leave Egypt. Jesus said many are not called because they are not of the lost house of Israel. (Exodus 3:15). The children of Israel in the north Kingdom were scattered at an early young age by Assyria, 700 years after the freedom from the house of bondage, in Egypt, from Pharaoh.  Like the suffering in Egypt for 413 years, which is equivalent to the plight of slavery in America, suffrage is may have begun as early as 1595 in the new world, the least populated continent (Joshua 23:15).  Now the northern kingdom went into captivity in Assyria one by one and remain there unto this day, because of transgression against the God of their fathers, around 1300 B.C. (Joshua 23:16).  The people served the gods of the people of the land and committed whoredom.  Manasseh dwelt in Bashan, Baal-Hermon Senir and Mount Hermon until he went to captivity.  The LORD God testified against Israel and against Judah because the people could not hear the word of God. (2 Kings 17:7-18). The wrath of God fell on Israel because of idolatry. (Joshua 22:25). Then the Bible states that God removed Israel out of his sight in 730 B.C., from their own land because the people did not hold fast to the word of God, and perform the mitzvoth’s. (Joshua 23:5). (Proverbs 3:5-6). On the contrast, the remnant of Judah was saved, but Judah went into captivity about 300 years after Israel. The remnant of Judah shall be a light unto the Gentiles, and the House of God i.e., the church. (2 Kings 17:36). God rejected all of the seed of Israel by affliction and delivering Israel into the hand of spoilers; and torn from the house of David; because they did not depart from sin: idolatry. (1 Kings 14:15, 16).  The LORD God removed Israel out of his sight, and the northern kingdom was carried out of their own land. (2 Kings 17:24). Yet, if you listen to the news the enemy wants Israel to do something that cannot be done, to give land and to split Jerusalem. However, the children of Jacob, named Israel did not fear the LORD God, at a time grace was not for everyone, so fear rather than love brought people back to the mitzvoth’s. (Exodus 20:5; 2 Kings 17:34-40; and Joshua 23:5). The people are commanded to perform the statutes, ordinances, laws, regulations, decrees with all your heart and soul in the promise land, and wherever they shall live to and obey commandments of the LORD God, until this day. (2nd Kings 17:34-40; Numbers 10; Mark 12:28-34; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:35,39,46; Deuteronomy 4:39).  Now the Priesthood is in the line of Phinehas, and the peace, sacrificial and burnt offerings were for his line. Yet Jeroboam caused Israel a great sin, which did not remove from them until the LORD Israel removed Israel, the northern kingdom from his presence, away from the house of David.  The southern kingdom, Judah destroyed theirselves and went into captivity but the remnant of Judah, a remnant from the house of David escaped the sword, the plague and the famine. (Mark 12:35-40 and Jeremiah 44:29-30). God recompenses disobedience. (Ezekiel 7:3; 5:10; Leviticus 26:3; Deuteronomy 28:53). As a result the people were taken from their land, the land that God gave them, is giving them Joshua 2:1-8).  As in the memorial Parsha of Balak, the plague was in Shittim, to this date no prophet has eradicated this plague through announcing the word of God, for the church, not even unto this date (Numbers 25:1-3; Joshua 22:17; 2nd Peter 2:15; Revelations 2:12-17).

In closing this chapter, the moral to the story is that your behavior can destroy you. You won’t have worry about your enemies, laying a snare for you. Like Moses, Jesus also recited the commandment that was very important to hear God and love him with your all and all; and also love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:28-34 and Deuteronomy 6:4-9). Jesus taught his Disciples not only following the commandments of the LORD God, the Father God is One God, are very important but also by loving God and your neighbors you’re is close to the kingdom of God, and is as good as all the mitzvoth’s. God requires that we obey and perform His commandments.


Mark 12:28-34:  The Greatest Commandment
 28And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
 29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
 30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
 31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
 32And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
 33And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
 34And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question. (Mark 12:28-34, King James Version)

John 5:39-47:  Four Fold Witness
 39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
 40And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
 41I receive not honour from men.
 42But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
 43I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
 44How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
 45Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
 46For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.
 47But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? (John 5:39-47, King James Version)

John 7:14-31:  Heavenly Scholar (7:14-24) and Could this be the Christ (7:25-31)
 14Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.
 15And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?
 16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
 17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
 18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
 19Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?
 20The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?
 21Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel.
 22Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.
 23If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?
 24Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
 25Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?
 26But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
 27Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
 28Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.
 29But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
 30Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
 31And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done? (John 7:14-31, King James Version)

Mark 7:6-13:  Defilement comes from within; Christ reproves the Pharisees
 6He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
 7Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
 8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
 9And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
 10For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
 11But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
 12And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
 13Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. (Mark 7:6-13, King James Version)

John 12:20-36:  Jesus Predicts His Death
 20And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:
 21The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
 22Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.
 23And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
 24Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
 25He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
 26If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
 27Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
 28Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
 29The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
 30Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
 31Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
 32And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
 33This he said, signifying what death he should die.
 34The people answered him, “We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?”
 35Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
 36While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. (John 12:20-36, King James Version)

John 12:37-50:  The Jews continue in the unbelief
Jesus said, 37But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
 38That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
 39Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
 40He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
 41These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
 42Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
 43For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
 44Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
 45And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
 46I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
 47And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
 48He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
 49For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
 50And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. (John 12:37-50, King James Version)

John 13:31-38:  Jesus Predicts Peters’ Denial
 31Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
 32If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.
 33Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
 34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
 35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
 36Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.
 37Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
 38Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice. (John 13:31-38, King James Version)

Matthew 21:28-31:  The Parable of the two sons
 28But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
 29He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
 30And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
 31Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. (Matthew 21:28-31, King James Version)

Ephesians 2:8-9:  Made alive in Christ
 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9, King James Version)

Jeremiah 44:24-28: Disaster because of Idolatry
24 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, including the women, “Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah in Egypt. 25 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You and your wives have shown by your actions what you promised when you said, ‘We will certainly carry out the vows we made to burn incense and pour out drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven.’

“Go ahead then, do what you promised! Keep your vows! 26 But hear the word of the LORD, all Jews living in Egypt: ‘I swear by my great name,’ says the LORD, ‘that no one from Judah living anywhere in Egypt will ever again invoke my name or swear, “As surely as the Sovereign LORD lives.” 27 For I am watching over them for harm, not for good; the Jews in Egypt will perish by sword and famine until they are all destroyed. 28 Those that escape the sword and return to the land of Judah from Egypt will be very few. Then the whole remnant of Judah who came to live in Egypt will know whose word will stand—mine or theirs.

Paul Wilbur, “Let God Arise,”

Recommended Reference:

John 17:3; John 3:17 
1 John 5:20
Hosea 2:20; Hosea 6:3  
1 Peter 1:2, 3
1 Thessalonians 1:9
Jeremiah 10:10

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