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Parasha 50: Ki Tavo (When You Come In) Devarim/Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 (9)
*All Scripture References from The Orthodox Jewish Bible- Referred to as OJB- unless otherwise noted
Joe Snipes (Torah Teacher) Gates To Zion Ministries
In this week’s parasha we have just about come to the end of Moshe’s speech. Almost the entire sefer/book of Devarim/Deuteronomy has been centered upon this speech. Just as a means of review let’s take a look at our outline of this speech. Doing this helps keep us aware of where we are in our studies.
1) The Introduction- Chapters 1-4
2) The Main Body- Chapters 5-26
3) The Covenant- Chapters 27-28
4) The Call To Repentance- Chapters 29-30
In this week’s Torah parasha, Moshe is providing Yisrael with some of the last mitzvot/commandments which they are to carry over into The Land. In fact, the last commandment is given to us at the end of chapter 26. It reads,
“This day Hashem Eloheicha [YHWH your Mighty One] hath commanded thee to do these chukkim [ordinances] and mishpatim [judgments]; thou shalt therefore be shomer [guard/watch] over and do them with kol levavecha [all of your heart], and with kol nafshecha [all of your soul]. Thou hast distinguished Hashem [YHWH] this day to be thy Elohim [Mighty One], and to walk in His ways, and to be shomer [guard/watch] over His chukkim [ordinances], and His mitzvot [commandments], and His mishpatim [judgments], and to give heed unto His voice; And Hashem [YHWH] hath distinguished thee today to be His Am Segullah (treasured people), as He hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest be shomer [guard/watch] over all His mitzvot [commandments]; And to set thee high above kol HaGoyim [all The Nations] which He hath made, in tehillah (praise), and in shem [name], and in tiferet [glory]; and that thou mayest be an Am Kadosh [Holy People] unto Hashem Eloheicha [YHWH your Mighty One], as He hath spoken.” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 26:16-19 OJB- definitions mine)
It is by Yisrael’s faithfulness to guard, and watch over, in order to keep YHWH’s Torah that they declare Him to be their Mighty One. Their actions of obeying the Torah with all of their heart and soul, show their devotion to YHWH alone. In turn, YHWH will declare Yisrael to be His Am Segulah/Treasured People. This is the identifying mark of those who claim to be YHWH’s holy people. This people [us], Yisrael, will be set above ALL the nations. Their [Our] devotion will cause the nations to praise, exalt their [our] name, and give glory to YHWH. Yisrael is YHWH’s prophetic instrument by which He is working to accomplish His eternal purpose. There is no other!