Min Hazaqen Torah Commentary, by Ovadyah ben Yisrael

Nitzavym
Shalom Chaverym;
This Sabbath’s video Torah study at 4pm Central Time with the staff and friends of Sabbath Keepers Fellowship.
Here is the Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/4731209848

This week’s parasha is:
 
Nitzavym- פרשת נצבים – “You are standing”
Torah reading: D’varym (Deuteronomy) 29:9-30:20
Haftarah reading: Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 61:10-63:9
Ketuvym Hatalmidym reading: Romaym (Romans) 2:25-29, Ma’asyim (Acts)2:37-40

Shalom aleykhem, achym, b’shem YHWH Eloheynu ~ Peace to you, my brothers, in the name of YHWH our Mighty One.
Ki hamitzvah hazoth asher anoki m’tzavka hayom, lo niphleith hiy mim’ka, v’lo r’choqah hiy… ~ ” for this commandment that I command thee today, it is not too hard for thee, and it is not far off.”

The same preachers and teachers who say we cannot keep the law, reinforce their willful lies by saying our Messiah came and did away with the law, “nailing it to the cross.” This is another lie. Messiah Himself said, “Do not think that I came to do away with the law or the prophets. I did not come to do away with, but to complete. For truly, I say to you, ’til the heavens and the earth pass away, one yod or one tittle shall by no means pass from the law ’til all be done.” Far from abolishing it, Yehoshua expanded the law and taught us how it was always meant to be kept.

“But,” the lying preachers and teachers will tell you, “The law was meant for Jews, not for us.” Our parasha tells us in response, “Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath; but with him that standeth here with us this day before YHWH Eloheynu, and also with him that is not here with us this day.” The new covenant states that it is made with “Yehudah and Yisrael,” no one else. And Shaul of Tarsus said there is only “one new man.” So, the claim that we followers of Yehoshua are somehow separate from YHWH’s people Yisrael and therefore exempt from the law is also a lie. Rather, the disciples of Yehoshua are that special remnant who are the epitome of the true and obedient sons of Yisrael and Yehudah, heirs to the covenants and promises.

Therefore, brethren, since we have all indeed been sinful and disobedient sons and daughters who have willfully and rebelliously rejected His laws, what shall we do? “Repent and let each one of you be immersed in the name of Yehoshua Hamashiach for the forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Ruach Haqadosh. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off, as many as YHWH Eloheynu shall call.” YHWH says if you will do this and return to Him then, “YHWH Eloheyka will open thy heart and the heart of thy seed, to love YHWH Eloheyka with all thy heart and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.”

My friends, I promise you that once you have given up and given in, humbled yourself, repented of your sins and returned to YHWH in the name of Yehoshua Hamashiach, you will receive the gift of the Ruach Haqadosh, which will enable you to begin keeping the wonderful commandments of our loving heavenly Father, YHWH. You will then find that—qarov eileyka hadavar m’od, b’phiyka u’vilvavka, la’asio–“the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.”

Open your hearts, brethren, and “choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed; to love YHWH Eloheyka, to hearken unto His voice and to cleave to Him; for that is thy life and the length of thy days.”

B’Shalom, Ovadyah Ben Yisrael

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