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Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8: Coveting thankfulness for the LORD’s blessings

There’s more to “you shall not covet” (Exodus 20:17) than lusting after other people’s stuff. That’s the lesson of Torah reading תבוא Ki Tavo (“when you come in,” Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8), which wraps an elaboration of the Ten Commandments that spans most of the book.

Under the hood of the instructions about the thanksgiving ceremony for first fruits of the Land’s crops and the third-year tithe is this message: We also are to be grateful for what the LORD has placed in our hands and use it to produce a “bumper crop” for the Kingdom.

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Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9: Learn to judge life & death righteously & mercifully

There are shadows of the Messiah in the Torah passage שֹׁפְטִים Shoftim (“judges,” Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9), even down to the ceremony when a community is unable to bring a murderer to justice. There are levels of investigation and a careful pursuit of justice and a balance between the rights of the “avenger” and the rights of the accused.

In Shoftim, Moshe (Moses) elaborates on practical application of the Fifth and Sixth commandments. One lesson is that if you do not have respect for your parents, you lose respect for all kinds of authority, from the babysitters to teachers, employers, police officers, judges, prophets and priests. That disrespect will go all the way up the chain of authority to God Himself.

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Exodus 37-38: Design of the Ark of the Testimony and furniture of Tabernacle holy places

Richard AgeeWe can only guess how much the gold and silver used in the Tabernacle would be worth in modern monetary terms. There were two main people who God help up to supervise and build the Tabernacle. God is the potter and we are the clay and He chose these men to fulfill this honor.

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Exodus 34: Moshe gets to know God personally while getting the replacement tablets of the commandments

“Now the LORD said to Moses, ‘Cut out for yourself two stone tablets like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered.'” (Ex. 34:1)

Richard AgeeSome commentators believe God was angry at Moses for breaking those tablets with the 10 Commandments, but I don’t believe so. When Moses broke the tablets, Moses was simply acknowledging that the people had already broken the covenant that just 40 days earlier they had promised to uphold when they said, “What you say, we will do.” So it was appropriate for Moses to break those tablets. But it was also appropriate that the tablets had to be remade.

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Exodus 20: Ten Commandments

Richard AgeeThere are so many sermons, books and testimonies out there about practical application of the 10 Commandments. In one way, there isn’t much that hasn’t already been said, but in another way, there’s so much here that there isn’t enough time in the universe to dwell upon all the applications and ramifications of these simple commandments. This simple list of 10 basic commandments give us insight into how God views us, our political institutions and our families.

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Deuteronomy 5: Moses elaborates on the 10 commandments

Yeshua told the devil, “We are to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4, quoting Deut. 8:3). The words of God are not limited to the “New Testament,” as a number of Christians assume. Yeshua said, “If you love me keep my commandments” (John 14:15, context John 14:14-16).

We believe with all our hearts that Yeshua and the Father are “one” (John 10:30; cf. Deut. 6:4-5). We understand that the words of the Torah are Yeshua’s words (1st Cor. 10:1-3), just like the Sermon on the Mount/Plain are Yeshua’s words.

Deuteronomy is not just repeating the prior books like a parrot but adding and elaborating on earlier teachings. It shows us not just the words of God but the heart of God. When you love someone you want to know what is in their heart. 

In Deut. 5:6-21, Moses reiterates the 10 commandments to the children of Israel, the second generation of those who left the land of Egypt. 

Moses says that he is going to remind them of the statutes (חֹק choq, Strong’s H2706) and judgments (מִשְׁפָּט misphat, Strong’s H4941) of God. He wants the people to “ learn them and observe them carefully.”

A statute is a prescribed task. We don’t come up with our own idea, it’s something that is pre-appointed. For example, the freeway speed limit is a statute. It’s a rule that has been predetermined and specifically required. The law pre-ordains that when a person travels on a particular road, they can only travel up to a certain speed. If a vehicle travels even one mile above that limit, the statute has been broken, regardless of whether a police officer cites the driver or not. The speed limit is not up to interpretation. 

Wisdom is not head-knowledge. It is knowledge in action. When Yeshua tells His follows they are to be  the light of the world, He is telling us that we are to show people the Gospel in our actions, not our words. 

A judgement is what comes when a person fails to perform a specific task properly. Justice is first, then mercy and last is faith. Faith is not our faith, or faith in ourselves but faith in God’s faithfulness — that God’s rules are correct, that His is correct when he rebukes us and that God is faithful to forgive us when we repent. When God is a part of our life, He is closer to you than your own mother. Just as you know who your mother is and how she deals with life, we are also supposed to know God that intimately. 

Moses also reminds the people that when God spoke at Horeb, aka Sinai, He was sealing a covenant (בְּרִית brit, Strong’s H1285) with them. God was creating a confederacy with the people of Israel, they were to be His people. The primitive roots of the word covenant add some insight into the importance of this covenant and what God was doing for the children of Israel. A possible root meaning is to feed or to eat (בָּרָה bara, Strong’s H1262). Another is to create or to cut down (בָּרָא bara, Strong’s H1254). God had cut them off from Egypt and made attached themselves to Him. They are no longer slaves in Egypt and they are to work for Him instead. 

1st commandment: Getting in God’s face

There was a preface to this covenant, called the 10 commandments. When God says to “have no other gods before Him,” it actually means that you are not to have any other gods “in his face” to put them as equal to or above Him.

2nd commandment: Idol worship

When God says that you are not to have any idols or representations of God, He spells out three things. They are not to make any idols of anything in the heavens above them, the earth below their feet or in the waters below the earth.  

We are told that God is “jealous” (קַנָּא qanna, Strong’s H7067) and we don’t like that word. The word translated as jealous only applies to God. No human being can do this. God will not have any rival. He destroyed all the elohim of Egypt so He would not have any rival in the hearts of the children of Israel. 

When God shows mercy (חֶסֶד chesed, Strong’s H2617), He shows kindness, faithfulness, deeds of devotion. We need to be on God’s side, not God’ being on our side. When we bow our head to God, He lifts up our head. Yeshua “bowed down” and washed His disciples feet because God is not arrogant. He will show thousands of generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.

3rd commandment: ‘Taking God’s name in vain’ is more than using His name in coarse talk

The third commandment is important to consider, it tells us not to use the name of God “in vain.” The word in Hebrew is shav (שָׁוְא, Strong’s H7723). It means emptiness. When people take God’s name in vain, they are demeaning His name. When we carry God’s name, we are to be careful, when we take God’s name in vain, we are carrying it recklessly. Paul explains the breaking of this commandment as “the name of God is blasphemed among the gentiles because of you” (Rom. 2:24; cf. Isa. 52:5; Ezek. 36:22). When we claim to carry God’s name on us but act in a manner that is 180 degrees contrary, we are defaming His name much more seriously than mere cursing. 

4th commandment: Labor vs. work on Shabbat

When it comes to keeping the sabbath, there are two different words we will look at: labor and work. Is there a difference? Labor in Hebrew is עָבַד abad (Strong’s H5647), which is to work for someone else. The word for work is מְלָאכָה melakah (Strong’s H4399), which is an occupation, what you do to bring in money or do for business. The Sabbath moratorium is on occupational work. 

We are not to work on the Sabbath but we are still able to serve God and each other on the Sabbath. We are called to allow our servants to rest from serving us on the Sabbath. The Hebrew word is yanuach, from נוּחַ nuach  (Strong’s H5117). Some of the other meanings include to abandon, to give comfort and to be settled and be satisfied. We are to give them a break, to allow them to refresh themselves. 

Why did God say that the Sabbath is a picture or a sign between Himself and the people? We are called to remember God is our creator. God delivered them out of Egypt, which was a false, wicked taskmaster and call them to work for Him, the gracious and loving taskmaster. 

5th commandment: Weighing your parents’ worth

The fifth commandment is to honor one’s parents. What is it to honor them? The Hebrew word for honor is כָּבֵד kabed (Strong’s H3513). It literally means to be heavy, weighty and of great value. When you put gold on a scale, it’s very heavy. We have this phrase in English about a person’s words carrying weight. For example, the words spoken by the President of the United States have greater “weight” or importance than the words of the Vice President.

10th commandment: Desiring another’s wife vs. desiring his stuff

The 10th commandment is the law against coveting. The first thing He names is that a man is not to covet or desire another man’s wife. The Hebrew word is חָמַד chamad (Strong’s H2530), which literally means “to desire” or “take pleasure” in something. When you look at a woman with lust, you are taking pleasure in her and breaking this commandment (Matt. 5:28).

The next part of this commandment actually is about “coveting” — desiring — a man’s house, etc. The Hebrew word here is a different: אָוָה ’avah (Strong’s H183), which means to be greedy for someone else’s property.

Speaker: Richard Agee. Reader: Dave De Fever. Summary: Tammy.

Exodus 12–40 recap

We skipped over recapping of Exodus 7–11 because that section of scripture details the plagues of Egypt that utterly decimated their people and economy. Every Passover is a recap of this section of Scripture so we started our detailed recap from Exodus 12 and through the rest of the book.

When Yeshua told the elders that the scriptures speak of Him, many of us had no idea how much Messianic foreshadowing is found in this book. The exit from Egypt after Passover and the journey to Canaan was orderly, not chaotic. The journeys to and from Egypt, for Abraham, Joseph, Jacob and the Messiah are a lesson for us.

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