Category Archives: Torah

Deuteronomy 23: not mixing pagan worship with the worship of the LORD

The seeming prohibition against emasculated men and illegitimate children in God’s “assembly” in this chapter have been used widely to discredit His word. Richard Agee explores whether God is being capricious and cruel with such proclamations, or whether He wants His people to avoid the pitfall of mixing evil worship practices with worship of the LORD. Continue reading Deuteronomy 23: not mixing pagan worship with the worship of the LORD

Deuteronomy 24

Much has been lost in modern society has been lost by treating divorce and kidnapping as less serious matters than God does in Deuteronomy 24. Richard Agee explores a key question in this chapter: Why does God forbid remarriage to the first husband after a second marriage? The answer is clear in the original Hebrew text. Continue reading Deuteronomy 24

Deuteronomy 21: Cursed is He hung on a tree; blessed are we for mercy long foreseen

Richard Agee explores the connection between Messiah Yeshua’s (Jesus) being hung on a tree, the cross, and the command here to hang cursed, executed criminals on a tree and execution of a rebellious son. Also discussed is God’s handling of “cold” murder cases. Continue reading Deuteronomy 21: Cursed is He hung on a tree; blessed are we for mercy long foreseen

Deuteronomy 19-20 — foundations of modern jurisprudence & lessons on the military draft

Richard Agee explores the foundations for modern criminal law, which is found in the Torah: malice aforethought, compensatory damages, perjury, and proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Also, the army of ancient Israel was not to be manned by a draft. Continue reading Deuteronomy 19-20 — foundations of modern jurisprudence & lessons on the military draft

Deuteronomy 18 — Revealing the Creator via a prophet like Moshe

Richard Agee discusses one of the most precious promises of the Torah, found in Deuteronomy 18. A prophet like Moses — Messiah — would come and reveal God in a more intimate way. However, we must not seek divine knowledge by other means — divination. Continue reading Deuteronomy 18 — Revealing the Creator via a prophet like Moshe