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Disciples Jesus Christs’ Memorial Parsha: Parshah Nitzavim-Vayelech Deut. 29

September 4, 2010

Welcome to another week of the Memorial Parsha of Jesus Christ’s Disciples: Parshah Nitzavim-Vayelech.
Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30. Sabbath – Sep 4th,2010 (Elul 19-25 5770). Nitzvaim-Vayelech Haftorah: Isaiah 61 through Isaiah 63.


Video, Soul Children of Chicago – 1987 We Are One, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOjXK6B-4s8.
Walt Whitman & The Soul Children of Chicago, “We are One.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB51ND71fTY.

Deuteronomy 29 (New International Version)
Renewal of the Covenant

1 These are the terms of the covenant the LORD commanded Moses to make with the Israelites in Moab, in addition to the covenant he had made with them at Horeb.

2 Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them:
Your eyes have seen all that the LORD did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials and to all his land. 3 With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those miraculous signs and great wonders. 4 But to this day the LORD has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear. 5 During the forty years that I led you through the desert, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet. 6 You ate no bread and drank no wine or other fermented drink. I did this so that you might know that I am the LORD your God.

7 When you reached this place, Sihon king of Heshbon and Og king of Bashan came out to fight against us, but we defeated them. 8 We took their land and gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

9 Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do. 10 All of you are standing today in the presence of the LORD your God—your leaders and chief men, your elders and officials, and all the other men of Israel, 11 together with your children and your wives, and the aliens living in your camps who chop your wood and carry your water. 12 You are standing here in order to enter into a covenant with the LORD your God, a covenant the LORD is making with you this day and sealing with an oath, 13 to confirm you this day as his people, that he may be your God as he promised you and as he swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 14 I am making this covenant, with its oath, not only with you 15 who are standing here with us today in the presence of the LORD our God but also with those who are not here today.


16 You yourselves know how we lived in Egypt and how we passed through the countries on the way here. 17 You saw among them their detestable images and idols of wood and stone, of silver and gold. 18 Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe among you today whose heart turns away from the LORD our God to go and worship the gods of those nations; make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison.


19 When such a person hears the words of this oath, he invokes a blessing on himself and therefore thinks, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way.” This will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry. [a] 20 The LORD will never be willing to forgive him; his wrath and zeal will burn against that man. All the curses written in this book will fall upon him, and the LORD will blot out his name from under heaven. 21 The LORD will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for disaster, according to all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law.

22 Your children who follow you in later generations and foreigners who come from distant lands will see the calamities that have fallen on the land and the diseases with which the LORD has afflicted it. 23 The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in fierce anger. 24 All the nations will ask: “Why has the LORD done this to this land? Why this fierce, burning anger?”


25 And the answer will be: “It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the LORD, the God of their fathers, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt. 26 They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them. 27 Therefore the LORD’s anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book. 28 In furious anger and in great wrath the LORD uprooted them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now.”

29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

Footnotes:
Deuteronomy 29:19 – Or way, in order to add drunkenness to thirst.”

Commentary:

In this chapter Moses saids that you are the beneficiaries of the wonders and the miracles. Yet you do not have the eyes to see God’s Holy Spirit, you don’t have the Holy Ghost. You do not have the ears to hear the word, a gift of God, the gift of discernment. Jesus taught that if you thirst to hear the word of God, and taste the word of God then come to him because you will no longer thirst or hunger anymore. (Deuteronomy 29:1; 5;2,3). Today, Moses encourages all the people listening that God made a covenant with you. God made a covenant with you because he swore to your forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to give the House of Jacob (Israel) the promise land, Moses encouraged the people to excell at being a people of God, his chosen faithful people. (Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 29:2). People would know that you are God’s chosen people by the love that you have for your neighbor. Most importantly people will know you are (Gentiles) children of God by the love that you have for one another. Remember to listen while you can before you are crushed or think that you are cursed. In bringing your loved offerings to your favorite priest, and everyone has someone that feeds them the word of God, I compell you to make sure that you are aware of those who are nosey and trying to invade your privacy to see what good gifts you will give your community, or your priest. Remember this is the time of the year that you give because God has blessed your threshingfloor and so you look around at the fruit of your labor and your womb and you shall be thankful. God loves you.

Jesus said, “16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17This is my command: Love each other. Jesus tells his disciples a forewarning, 18″If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:16-18). Love is the force that can eradicate evil, when the Messiah returns. A people will have a desire to do good, instead of evil, and I believe that I am talking to one of the people. A people that does not think that Jesus is the only son of God, but knows that one day we will all be children of God, of course God makes it very clear that he has sons of God on the earth as we speak, however, Jesus is the first fruit of the resurrection. In keeping with that the church must remember that there is only one ordinance that shall be kept until the Kingdom of God is fulfilled. Amen.

Disciples References:
 
2nd Chronicles 28:6
2nd Samuel 7:13,14
Proverbs 16:1
Matthew 10:19
Provers 8:14
Psalm 22:29-31; Psalm 87:6; Psalm 78:6; 86:0
Mark 11:22-24
Matthew 6:7-15

Have a very Happy New Year, Shana Tova (September 8th, – September 10th, 2010 sundown)

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