Tag Archives: Deuteronomy 15

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 15-16: God teaches complete freedom via cycles of seven

Seven shows up repeatedly in Scripture. It appears first with the seventh day of creation (Gen. 2:3), threads through God’s cycles of appointments with mankind, and foreshadows the timing of Messiah Yeshua’s arrival as the Word become flesh (Dan. 9:25) and culminates with many of the symbols of the Day of the Lord (Rev. 1:4, 11–12, 16, 20; 2:1; 3:1; 4:5; 5:1, 5–6; 6:1; 8:2, 6; 10:3–4; 11:13; 12:3; 13:1; 15:1, 6; 16:1; 17:1, 3, 7, 9–11; 21:9).

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Deuteronomy 15: Shmitah teaches mercy and freedom

Instructions on the שביעית‎‎ shvi’it (“seventh”), the year of שמיטה‎‎ shmitah (“release”) or sabbatical year, are part of a larger teaching in Deuteronomy 14–16 on the Fourth Commandment, to guard the seventh day of the week as a holy memorial. But these instructions on care for the poor and releasing debts during the shmitah show us how the various Shabbat memorials remind us of all God has released us from through Yeshua haMashiakh (Jesus the Christ).

Thought questions

What is the difference between lending and usury (Deut. 15:7)?

What is the command in Deut. 15:1?

Does Deut. 15:7 refer to beggars on the street corner?

Should there never be poor in a nation (Deut. 15:11)?

How does God release you of your obligations or trials before Himself?

Why aren’t foreigners included in the release?

How is this similar to the modern trend of people moving to countries with generous social programs but don’t become productive citizens and/or refuse to assimilate into their host country?

Deut. 15:9 literally says one has an “evil eye” if he waits until the end of the six years to lend money or assist the poor. What is an “evil eye” or an “eye full of darkness” (Matt. 6:23)?

When are we to give to those in need?

Deut 15:13. How does this chapter compare to the slave trade in America up to the Civil War?

Deut. 15:19. What is so important about the firstborn of the flock? How is this different from how the tithe is selected?