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Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17: Learning to live a blessed life

Blessing and cursing are very important Biblical principles. There are two ways of life, either under God’s blessing or under His curse. Emphasized in the Torah reading כי רְאֵה Re’eh (“see,” Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17) is we want to live under His blessing.

We live under God’s blessing when we read and apply Torah. When we screw up, we still apply Torah to deal with our screwups. We are under God’s curse when we refuse to follow Torah. We all have experienced how bad life is when we refuse to obey God and walk in Torah. God can’t bless us when we are walking in sin. He can only bless obedience. He teaches us like we teach our own children.

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Parashat Re’eh (ראה): Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17

Common advice in this world is, “Follow your heart.” But in the Torah reading רְאֵה Re’eh (“see,” Deut. 11:26-16:17), we learn that God wants to transform our way of thinking, so our desires will take us in a wiser direction. This section explains the reborn heart approach to the Second, Third and Fourth commandments on blasphemy, idolatry and stopping what we’re doing to remember the rest God gives us.

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Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17: Dancing around whole-hearted devotion to the LORD

In the Book of Deuteronomy, God, through Moses, asks His people to give Him their unwavering devotion and praise. Yeshua teaches us to do the same.

“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15 NASB)

As Yeshua told the Samaritan woman:

“Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”” (John 4:21–24 NAS95)

Whether you live in the shadow of Jerusalem, London, Seoul, New York or San Francisco, we are called to worship God from our entire being from our own free will.
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Deuteronomy 14: What does God have against certain types of meat?

These instructions of “clean” and “unclean” animals connect to a bigger lesson in Deuteronomy 13–14 on the Third Commandment, about blaspheming the Name of the LORD, or making the Name common. “Cleaning” what’s distant from God is the real lesson beyond clean/unclean in Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14 and Acts 10.

Thought questions

How does Deut. 14:1-2 explain the purpose for clean and unclean animals?

Why can you give clean roadkill to a foreigner or an alien? Aren’t foreigners included in Israel and equal under her laws? Wouldn’t roadkill still have blood in it?

What is the wordplay with “divided” and “hoof”?

What is the difference between the clean and the unclean birds? Don’t chickens attack and consume each other from time to time?

Are any animals that the LORD, the Creator, declared unclean/off limits really food in God’s eyes?

How are the directions on clean and unclean meat related to God’s elevation of Israel above the other nations? (Lev. 11:44-45)

How does the object lesson on the physical level educate us on what is happening on the spiritual level?

What happens if you accidentally eat unclean meat? What happens if you choose to continue eating that meat?

What did Messiah mean when He said, “Don’t throw pearls before swine” (Matt. 7:6)?

How is the parallel between giving foreigners animals that died akin to giving those who are “a far off” a little of the truth until they come back for more?