“Correcting” an aggressive driver on the road. “Losing it” with a screaming child in the store. We may think we’re far removed from the horror show described in this week’s Torah reading, כי תבוא Ki Tavo (“when you come in,” Deut. 26:1–29:8), but each of us encounters stress that pushes off any mask over our true characters.
A key point in this passage is entering and living in the “rest” God gives us, fully realized through the Messiah and the Spirit. Like Israel’s move from Mitsraim (Egypt) to the Land, our entering God’s “rest” (Hebrews 3–4) is all about a change of identity, purpose and character.
The complementary reading for Ki Tavo is Isa. 60:1–22.
- Lk. 23:26-56 (First Fruits of Zion)
- Mt. 13:1-23; Lk. 21:1-4; Acts 28:17-31; Rm. 11:1-15 (Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern)
- Lk. 24:44-53 (Parashiot From the Torah and Haftarah by Jeffrey E. Feinbe of Flame Foundation)
The following are recorded studies and notes on passages from Ki Tavo by Hallel Fellowship teachers:
Honesty in business dealings and setting aside for the LORD the first and a 10th of what He has blessed us with seem like straightforward teachings from these two chapters for modern times. However, what do we do with these?: Men temporarily marrying their sisters-in-law to perpetuate the name of her dead husband and amputation as punishment for women who “fight dirty” seem way out of step with modern culture. Richard explores what God is trying to show us about Himself with these teachings.
Remember that the number three is a Messianic reference. This third-year tithe is a reference to the Messiah: His sacrifice, God’s acceptance of the Messiah’s sacrifice and, from that point, God will make those who accept the Messiah’s sacrifice into His people.
These two chapters are very heavy and record far more curses than blessings. The previous chapters tell us how God expects to treat one another, and these chapters show us how God will either reward or punish the people depending on how well they put His words into practice.
In this passage, Moshe (Moses) reminds the people of Israel that God will bless them if they follow His Torah but he will have to curse them if they do not. He also reminds the people they have the duty to enforce God’s Torah in the land as well. It really is a Tale of Two Mountains.
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