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Parasha 44: Devarim (Words) Devarim/Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
Our parasha this week comes from the sefer/book Devarim. This is the last sefer/book in the five sefirot/books of the Torah proper. *(Because of the redemptive work of our blessed Master Yeshua, the Kethuvim HaNotzrim/The Writings of the Nazarenes/the sefirot/books of the Messianic Writings which testify to the ReNewed Covenant (Matthew through Revelation) are also considered to be a part of the Whole Counsel of YHWH. The Chumash or Five Books of the Torah proper are the root of all Scripture. Everything beyond the Torah proper answers back to its root. Therefore, there is NO conflict between the Torah and all other Scripture, especially that of the Messianic Writings. They form ONE echad/multi-faceted WHOLE unit.) We find that Am Yisrael is poised just east of the Land of Cana’an at the Yarden/Jordan River. The same place the previous generation was when they rebelled against YHWH through their refusal to go in to The Land as YHWH had commanded. The evil report of ten of the twelve nesi’im/leaders appointed by Moshe to tour The Land prior to their actually crossing over, corrupted the hearts of Am Yisrael through unbelief. In turn, they articulated that unbelief by saying that they could not go in and possess The Land. As a result, YHWH let their own words be their judgment. It was forty years total that Am Yisrael wandered in the midbar/wilderness until that generation died. Only Yahushua/Joshua and Kaleb/Caleb were exempt from that judgment because they remained faithful to YHWH.
Devarim in Hebrew means Words. It was words that kept Yisrael from entering and possessing their inheritance forty years previous. Now, Moshe is about to bring the words of YHWH before this second generation in order that they might keep the trusting faithfulness necessary to obey YHWH’s command to go do what the previous generation didn’t…POSSESS THE LAND!
The more familiar title of this sefer/book is Deuteronomy. It comes from the Greek transliteration of the Torah known as the Septuagint. It means Second Torah. This is a very poor definition because this sefer/book of Devarim is not a second Torah at all. The rabbis instead use the title Mishneh HaTorah meaning, a Repetition of the Torah. Yet even in this there is a need to define what it is exactly that is being repeated. If you are expecting the sefer/book Devarim to be a repeat of the whole of Torah then you will be sadly disappointed. There is hardly anything at all repeated within this sefer/book from any of the previous sefirot/books. In fact there are many additional mitzvot/commands given in this sefer/book that are recorded nowhere else in the Torah! If by repetition you mean a repetition of those important words that Am Yisrael will need in order to successfully enter The Land and possess their inheritance, then you would be correct.
Moshe knows that he has little time to make his words count. He is well aware of Am Yisrael’s nature and history. As a true father, he wants them to hear and continue hearing the words that they NEED to hear. Even if it means that some of those words are hard to accept. So he does what a real father would do, he opens his discourse with a call to teshuvah/repentance.
The Great Need Of True Biblical Repentance
As a former Christian pastor, I preached repentance. I believed in repentance. I exhorted people to repent. The only problem was I didn’t tell them where to go. For the most part repentance in religious understanding simply means, a change of direction. Oh I knew people needed to stop sinning. I knew they needed to move away from their previous days as unbelievers. I told them to start living godly lives. Obey the Lord I said, but exactly what does that mean? Well, through the grace and mercy of YHWH I know exactly what that means today. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TRUE BIBLICAL REPENTANCE THAT DOES NOT RESULT IN A RETURN TO THE TORAH OF YHWH!