Written by AviYah Byers. Posted in Torah
This Torah portion begins with the word Ha’azinu which in essence is telling the heavens to listen to the words that are about to be spoken. Moshe is leaving the scene and is giving a song to the children of Israel before he makes his transition into eternity. He includes the earth as these are his two witnesses to the words that are being spoken into the air which receives the sound waves. There is a vibration that happens bouncing off of the earth. Much like when we speak into a cylinder or in a padded room. The sound of the voice bounces off the padded area giving witness to the sound being made; back-and-forth, back-and-forth as a remembrance. There is a very simple reason the Prophet Moshe constantly uses these two witnesses; they are all that is out there in the wilderness that will be able to keep the knowledge and witness to what is being spoken for all eternity. That is how long the children of Israel are called to be set apart to The One, True and Living Elohim of creation. If we rewind a bit to chapter 4 verse 26 of Devarim (Deuteronomy) and then again in chapter 31 verse 28; we hear Moshe saying that he was calling these very same witnesses to be his witness that he gave them the Word of Yahweh that was spoken to him. What a powerful message this is giving at the beginning of the end. He goes on to say let my instruction or doctrine fall as rain; the word that is used here is ‘leqach’ which simply means teaching or insight but the sod level of this word is to snatch as in taking a bride. So the words that he is about to give is to a specific audience standing before him which is the bride of The Most High Yahweh. This is such an important time for Moshe because one, he has lead these people for forty years in the wilderness trying to help them through their relationship with Yahweh and two, he has to leave and be gathered to his fathers right on the cusp of entering the land. Many view this as a punishment and yes I agree it seems a very hard judgment for the one who Yahweh calls His friend, but we have to seek the deeper level of understanding in Moshe’s existence and what he represents. Moshe represents in Scripture the law, judgments and right-rulings of Yahweh, he exemplifies what is to be the structure and stability of the ‘physical’ nature of Israel. He was responsible for them understanding how to live in relationship with Yahweh, the land that they were to possess and each other. This is like living in a neighborhood that has a Homeowner’s Association; there are guidelines that each neighbor has to adhere to assuring that the environment of the community is equitable. Moshe represented justice and the measurement of what was deemed ‘right’ within the parameters of the law. He was never meant to become more than that. Let’s consider the Torah as this very same thing; being the measuring tool by which we know our boundaries. Let’s move on as Moshe begins singing this song to Israel telling of the ‘Rightness’ of Yahweh speaking of Him Being “The Rock” the righteous judge….this is clear to me that this is Moshe giving his perspective of his relationship with The Master which is judgment, right-ruling and truth…this is the written Torah. Moshe sings this even after getting the news that he will not step foot on the land, but he gives esteem to Yahweh’s ‘Absolute Correct Structure’. This, in my opinion, an extreme high point in seeing the character of this great prophet of Yahweh our father Moshe.
As Moshe continues in his discourse he goes into speaking of the setting of boundaries of which is what the Torah does as stated above. This is so typical of the law itself and is as I stated before what Moshe represents. Everything about Moshe’s beginning is relative to the setting of Laws as in setting the peoples of the earth in accordance with the children of Israel….Wow….the relevance of the structure even of the earth and how the measurement of all things comes into play as Moshe speaks his final words to the people of Israel. He goes on to say that Ya’acov is an allotted inheritance, first he speaks of the whole earth and then begins to separate Israel from everyone else appointed to him and him alone. Isn’t it something that this dissertation begins with an allotment of people to their owner. We understand completely that not all of the inhabitants of the earth are of the seed of The Righteous One; in this portion of Scripture Moshe makes it clear that Ya’acov was promised a set apart people and here they are standing before this prophet speaking into the air as a witness to Yahweh’s promise He made to Father Abraham and it’s coming to pass. Further in his description of this relationship he states that Yahweh turned around Ya’acov or changed his direction as He, The Creator watched over him, what a beautiful depiction of a Father and Keeper of His Inheritance or Blood-line. This is in keeping with the understanding that the Torah walk, which Moshe represents, keeps us in right position or standing with what Yahweh deems as a righteous lifestyle. He speaks of a lavish existence eating the best; isn’t that what the Viahaftah states, “And you shall eat and be satisfied…..” and it is all because Ya’acov was obedient never being led by a ‘strange god’. Something very interesting happens right in the middle of him speaking concerning Ya’acov he begins to talk of Israel as ‘Yeshuruh’ which means ‘the upright one’ on the sod (Spiritual) level this means to be lawful and straight, but this straight one becomes grossly fat and rejected Yahweh as foolish or senseless; pretty much they became esteemed in their own hearts forgetting Who made them into who they are. Moshe clearly goes into a time in the future speaking of Yahweh being provoked by them with a god who is worthless. At this point Yahweh is allowing Moshe to look at the future of Israel and what they will do in the land and beyond. He goes on to talk about them being provoked by a people who are not a people just as they provoked Yahweh it comes back to them. We see in the Prophet Hoshea’s writings where he calls the people of Yahweh no longer a people. He goes on to say that the nation who they will be provoked by will be a foolish nation; why does he say this? In Deuteronomy 4 verse 6 Moshe declares that the Torah is our wisdom in the eyes of the other nations therefore a nation outside of the Torah would be classified as foolish not having the Torah. So, who are these people that will provoke Ya’acov to jealousy? Let us take a quick look at 1 Peter 2 verse 9 and 10 this states that these people who Kepha (Peter) is speaking to were once not a people now they are being called the sons of Elohim. Those who he is speaking to are a group of people who had been dispersed into what was called Asia Minor as shown in the map below:
I believe these people are part of those of the dispersion taken place during the Assyrian capture of Israel because Kepha opens his writings with, “to the chosen, strangers of the dispersion in Pontos, Galatia, Kappadokia, Asia, and Bithunia…” this tells us that the people who he is speaking to are not viewed as Israel at that time. It seems that Father is declaring through the prophet Moshe that His people will sin and trespass Him their ‘Rock’, their Creator. Then the Scripture quickly turns to the enemies of His people promising judgment and retribution even though Israel will sin Yahweh still says touch nothing that belongs to me or I will make war with you. He again turns His Face towards Israel and fights for His bride. This song ends with Yahweh pardoning His land and His people. This is a common theme within the Torah and the writings of the Prophets that Yahweh turns His Face away from His bride and then shows mercy and fights for her, so we really should not make the error of thinking that He ever takes another bride and makes null His covenant with His bride Israel. Those who think that should also consider if He discounts His covenant with Israel then what would stop Him from discounting His Renewed covenant with renewed Israel. In the eyes of The Most High covenants that He makes remain for as long as He deems them active, i.e. the rainbow and the promise He made with Noah and the earth that still stands as we still see rainbows after the rain as a reminder to us of His Faithfulness.
As Moshe and Yehshuah impart the song to Israel Moshe makes it very clear:
“Set your heart on all the words with which I warn you today, so that you command your children to guard to do all the Words of this Torah.”
This statement is so powerful in its intent because he continues to say it, the Torah, is not ‘worthless’ but it is ‘life’ to you as you enter the land. This gives credence to the fact that the Torah, the Land and the people (Israel) are one. This is what Yahweh means for us to understand that is why Moshe specifies in verse 43 that Yahweh pardons the land and the people; the Torah doesn’t need any readjustment because it was created perfect. It is the measuring apparatus therefore bringing everything concerning Israel into ‘right’ standing if obeyed.
The portion ends with Yahweh telling Moshe to go up on Mt. Nebo to view the land and then he will be gathered to his fathers. We understand on the literal level that Moshe did not set Father Yahweh apart at the waters of Meribah, but there is such a deeper aspect of this entire scenario. As stated earlier Moshe represented the Law, Right-rulings and Judgments of Yahweh those written on the tablets of stone. From the Hebrew perspective walking out the lifestyle of the Torah is an outward manifestation of an inward covenant, just as is circumcision. Remember circumcision is only known when you can view the results of such covenant, but what about those who can’t see with their eyes the literal results? This is where the Spiritual implication comes in. Yahweh tells his people in Deuteronomy 10 to circumcise the foreskin of their hearts and harden their necks no more, He goes on in the 30th chapter to say that He will circumcise the hearts of His people in the land while they are in possession of it. This tells us something so important; first we do something then He does something for us. Is it the same thing? Rabbi Shaul in the 2nd chapter of Romans tells us that circumcision is null and void if we don’t walk out the Torah, but also states that if we are merely circumcised in the flesh but not in the heart then that is just as bad because they are one in the same. An outward reflection of an inward covenant…we cannot walk out something to its fullest if it is not in our hearts to do. It is always a heart issue! The Torah written on tablets of stone represents the literal word to be see it is a visual of truth written down to be one witness of the Ketubah (wedding covenant) that binds Yahweh and Israel together. Then we have the sod or deeper Spiritual level Yahweh tells us to make this word as part of our hearts burning the love of it into our hearts therefore branding our inward parts with His Word. The seen becoming the unseen, the visible becoming the invisible, as we look at the circumcision we can tell of those who hearts are circumcised by their walk for what is in your heart will come out in your walk. If it’s not in/on your heart you can’t walk it out. So the written is important to maintain for people to see who’s covenant you are in line with and the hidden or inward is there to let us know that we are not doing this in our own strength. This is why Yahweh states in the 10th chapter for us to circumcise our hearts and then in the 30th chapter He says He will circumcise our hearts….seen, unseen… we begin to walk out our love for The Master and in return The Master give our hearts the ability to walk out our love for Him. The mere fact that Yahweh came down and descended upon Mt. Sinai which means ‘thorny’ and stood before Moshe to present His Ketubah to His Bride; Yahshuah the Completeness of our restitution ended up in a thorny place giving His life for us to be transformed and regathered as the house of Israel. Through Him we regain access to our place as His people. Those who were once gentiles are now no longer cut-off, outside of the covenant promise and without hope and expectation as spoken of in Ephesians chapter 2.
Finally, the Torah of Yahweh was given to His people from His heart as even the Torah itself begins with a Beith and ends with a Lamed if read from right to left is Leb which is Hebrew for heart. The Torah is the Heart of Yahweh to His people. Let us keep the Torah; walk it out and let him inscribe it on our hearts enabling us to be perfected in this walk. We must understand as His people that we can’t get caught up on what is seen and visible, but we must be more in tune with what is unseen; the Spiritual aspect of the Torah. Moshe who represents the written Word or physical Word isn’t allowed to take Israel into the land. Even though it was obedience to the physical Teachings and Instructions that kept Israel alive during their forty-year excursion through the wilderness, but Yahoshuah son of Nun meaning ‘perpetuity’ was the only one who could take them into the land, the place of promise. This is a perfect picture of our Wonderful Messiah Whose Name is also Yahshuah atoning for our sins by being the Perfect Sacrifice; covering us with His Blood and circumcising our hearts to enable us to walk in His perfect law of liberty which is the Torah. Thank you Father Yahweh for having such an awesome plan of redemption for your people.