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:
V’zoth Hab’rakah- פרשת וזאת הברכה – “And this is the blessing”
Torah reading: D’varym (Deuteronomy) 33:1-34:12
Haftarah reading: Yehoshua (Joshua) 1:1-18
Ketuvym Hatalmidym reading: Chazon (Revelation) 14:1-20
Shalom aleykhem, achym, b’shem YHWH Shadday, Malkeynu ~ Peace to you, my brothers, in the name of YHWH Almighty, our King.
V’zoth hab’raka asher beirak Mosheh, ish haelohym, et b’ney Yisrael liphney moto. Va yomar… ~ ”And this is the blessings which Moshe, Ish Haelohym, blessed the children of Yisrael with before his death. And he said…”
Throughout the Torah, Moshe has given many reasons and requirements to the people of Yisrael for keeping the commandments of YHWH. He has faithfully delivered all of the blessings and curses, promises and warnings that pertain to doing so. And all the while he has explained the Law itself in perfect detail. He has left no question whatsoever about how important this matter is to YHWH. Yet, at the very end of his life and the giving of the Torah law, his tone changes, and all talk of warnings, curses and requirements seem to suddenly disappear. Why?
The keeping of commandments is not a requirement of salvation, nor of becoming a son or daughter of YHWH. Once a person turns to Him and asks, truly repenting of past sins and fully intending to cleave to YHWH forever, it is done. When blood atonement through the sacrifice of Yehoshua Hamashiach is requested, it is given. That is His promise, and His promise cannot be broken.
However, no person who turns to YHWH and to His son in real love and real faith will continue living a life afterwards apart from His laws and commands—not if they have turned to Him in truth. It simply cannot be done. Deliberate sin—which is the willful breaking of YHWH’s laws—and salvation are mutually exclusive. If one belongs to YHWH, they will no longer intentionally sin because they love Him.
Thus, these final blessings and Moshe’s last words are not concerned with laws or warnings or curses, because they are only being spoken to the true children of YHWH who have already accepted His message. They are for His Qedoshym who have already decided to “keep the commandments of YHWH and have the testimony of Yehoshua Hamashiach.” They are for those who have already made up their minds to endure whatever is necessary to remain faithful to Him and will to the end.
…Ashreyka Yisrael, miy kamoka? Am nosha b’YHWH, magein ezreka, va’asher cheren ga’avateka! V’yikachashu oyveyka lak; v’atah al bamoteymo tidrok… ~ “Happy art thou, Yisrael, who is like unto thee? A people saved by YHWH, shield of thy help, and that is the sword of thy excellency!” He is our blessing.
May you be sealed as His own forever, brethren. And now take the Torah and turn it over for another year. Then turn it over again.
B’Shalom, Ovadyah Ben Yisrael