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Blessings or curses? the choice is yours DEUT 11:16-16:17

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Parasha: Re'eh (See)

DEUT 11:26-16:17...................ISAIAH 54:11-55:5.........1 JOHN 4:1-6

Moshe is in his final days, and he offers Israel either blessings or curses. Blessings if they follow Adonai's mitzvoth, or curses if not. When we look at the world today, we see the exact same situation. God has set down his standards, his commandments, and it is up to us to obey or disobey, either harvest blessings or reap the curses. This is a conditional covenant, ALL covenants are based on conditions. Even our salvation (Yeshuah) is based on a condition, the condition being if we come with a contrite heart and repent of our sins and accept Yeshua as Mashiach, and be "born again".

This Parasha also speaks of "a prescribed place of worship" Moshe warns his people that they can not just worship in any way they want, nor in any place, there is a prescribed manner and way, and place. The place (back then) was the Mishkan (tabernacle) and the way, was by bringing their sacrifices to the Levite priests. "Where the LORD sets his name" was where people could worship. Back then, it was at the tabernacle and later on, the temple...NOW.. he has set HIS name in every believer through the Ruach HaKodesh, (Holy Spirit) Scripture says that where two or more are gathered together in HIS name, that HE would be in the midst. Such a wide difference between now and then.

The local body of believers (Ha Kehilah or Kehilot (plural) ) is where the LORD puts his name also, and this is where we receive our spiritual food every week, on the Sabbath and on Sundays for church goers. We need this getting together for fellowship, praise, and learning Torah, and having lunch together afterwards.

Beware of false gods (12:29) A false god is anything that comes between our relationship with Messiah Yeshua, be it money, work, pleasure, sports, etc, not that those things are evil in themselves, but CAN he a hindrance in our relationship with God, if allowed to dominate our time and our lives, then...they become as gods. Watch out and beware!!

In 12:15 Moshe talks about slaughtering meat and eating it, like the gazelle and deer, both the clean and the unclean alike. Some people get confused and think that Moshe is talking about clean and unclean meats, Yet if we look closely, he is talking about "people" being "clean" and "unclean" an "unclean" person could be someone who just buried a relative, the person had to pick up the corpse and bury it, or a person might have been picking up fire wood and accidently, touched a dead snake, or something similar, that person would be "unclean" until the evening, but that person could still slaughter and BBQ meat.

Chap 14 deals with physical food, Moshe reviews YHVH's kosher menu which was first mentioned in Leviticus 11. Reading the list speaks for itself, some people ask, why only fish with fins and scales can we eat? but I love lobster, crawdads, cat fish nuggets, steamed clams, crabs, and butter fried shrimp. One thing these sea creatures have in common is that they are bottom feeders, they eat the dead and decaying corpses of other marine life, they are "marine cockroaches" so just like you would never think of eating a cockroach, that is what you are eating when you eat those sea creatures. What are "clean birds?" They are the birds that DONT eat blood, the other birds mentioned in this chapter are scavengers, they eat dead and decaying animals, what are examples of clean birds? well, the ones that eat grains, like chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, etc. (ever hear of a Thanksgiving vulture?)

Mitzvah concerning tithes. Before, the people tithed their first born animals, and the first of their crops, yes, they COULD eat of those together with the Levite priests, yet we today tithe our income, and we usually give ALL of our income tithe to our local church or our local synagogue, because, the local church/synagogue is an organization that needs up-keep, maintenance, bills paid, etc, just like any other organization, but God uses HIS people to do it, with our tithes and offerings.

Three main high Holy Days are mentioned in chapter 16. the PASSOVER, the FEAST OF WEEKS, (Shavuot/Pentecost) and the FEAST OF TABERNACLES (sukkot). Why are these so important? they all point to Messiah Yeshua. In Passover, YESHUA is the Unleavened Bread, the Bread of Life, the sacrifice lamb, who took on our sins with BITTERNESS, In Shavuot, we see the giving of the Torah on Sinai, Yeshua is the Living Torah, the LIVING WORD, also, the coming of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) who is GOD living in every born again believer, and the FEAST OF TABERNACLES which celebrates GOD coming to live among us through YESHUA HaMASHIACH, In the Millennial Kingdom, we will travel to Yerushalayim during these Festivals.

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ISAIAH 54:11-55:5

The Prophet comforts Israel, even though they are being punished for disobedience, for unbelief, yet in the future, Israel WILL be comforted, during the Millennial kingdom, they will be blessed in ALL ways, treated like royalty, ...and their RIGHTEOUSNESS, their YESHUAH is from ME, says the prophet, Yeshua HaMashiach is their righteousness and their salvation, and HE is OURS as well. Are we not part of the Commonwealth of Israel?
joined to HIS people HIS nation, like the grafted-in Olive branches. Come to the waters and drink, it is free, the Living Water who is Yeshua is free, free to accept, and freely given is his gift of eternal life, to all who believe in HIM.

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I JOHN 4:1-5

Test the spirits, says the apostle Yochanan, How do we know that God speaks through some people/ministers/ or so called "prophets"? What do they believe about Yeshua? Did he come in the flesh, to reveal who God is? did he come as part of Elohim? as Echad? Did he come as "God made flesh" if yes, then the person is of God, if no, then the person is NOT of God, couldn't be any easier understood.

Shabbat Shalom.................Rabbi Ben Avraham
 
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The Lord Jesus Christ also offered blessings and cursings in His time in the flesh:

Blessed be ye poor...Woe unto you that are rich.
Blessed are ye that hunger now...Woe unto you that are full.
Blessed are ye that weep now...Woe unto you that laugh now.
Blessed are ye when men shall hate you and shall separate you from their company and shall reproach you and cast out your name as evil for the Son of man's sake...Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you.
(Luke 6:20-26)
 
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Parasha: Re'eh (See)

DEUT 11:26-16:17...................ISAIAH 54:11-55:5.........1 JOHN 4:1-6

Moshe is in his final days, and he offers Israel either blessings or curses. Blessings if they follow Adonai's mitzvoth, or curses if not. When we look at the world today, we see the exact same situation. God has set down his standards, his commandments, and it is up to us to obey or disobey, either harvest blessings or reap the curses. This is a conditional covenant, ALL covenants are based on conditions. Even our salvation (Yeshuah) is based on a condition, the condition being if we come with a contrite heart and repent of our sins and accept Yeshua as Mashiach, and be "born again".

This Parasha also speaks of "a prescribed place of worship" Moshe warns his people that they can not just worship in any way they want, nor in any place, there is a prescribed manner and way, and place. The place (back then) was the Mishkan (tabernacle) and the way, was by bringing their sacrifices to the Levite priests. "Where the LORD sets his name" was where people could worship. Back then, it was at the tabernacle and later on, the temple...NOW.. he has set HIS name in every believer through the Ruach HaKodesh, (Holy Spirit) Scripture says that where two or more are gathered together in HIS name, that HE would be in the midst. Such a wide difference between now and then.

The local body of believers (Ha Kehilah or Kehilot (plural) ) is where the LORD puts his name also, and this is where we receive our spiritual food every week, on the Sabbath and on Sundays for church goers. We need this getting together for fellowship, praise, and learning Torah, and having lunch together afterwards.

Beware of false gods (12:29) A false god is anything that comes between our relationship with Messiah Yeshua, be it money, work, pleasure, sports, etc, not that those things are evil in themselves, but CAN he a hindrance in our relationship with God, if allowed to dominate our time and our lives, then...they become as gods. Watch out and beware!!

In 12:15 Moshe talks about slaughtering meat and eating it, like the gazelle and deer, both the clean and the unclean alike. Some people get confused and think that Moshe is talking about clean and unclean meats, Yet if we look closely, he is talking about "people" being "clean" and "unclean" an "unclean" person could be someone who just buried a relative, the person had to pick up the corpse and bury it, or a person might have been picking up fire wood and accidently, touched a dead snake, or something similar, that person would be "unclean" until the evening, but that person could still slaughter and BBQ meat.

Chap 14 deals with physical food, Moshe reviews YHVH's kosher menu which was first mentioned in Leviticus 11. Reading the list speaks for itself, some people ask, why only fish with fins and scales can we eat? but I love lobster, crawdads, cat fish nuggets, steamed clams, crabs, and butter fried shrimp. One thing these sea creatures have in common is that they are bottom feeders, they eat the dead and decaying corpses of other marine life, they are "marine cockroaches" so just like you would never think of eating a cockroach, that is what you are eating when you eat those sea creatures. What are "clean birds?" They are the birds that DONT eat blood, the other birds mentioned in this chapter are scavengers, they eat dead and decaying animals, what are examples of clean birds? well, the ones that eat grains, like chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, etc. (ever hear of a Thanksgiving vulture?)

Mitzvah concerning tithes. Before, the people tithed their first born animals, and the first of their crops, yes, they COULD eat of those together with the Levite priests, yet we today tithe our income, and we usually give ALL of our income tithe to our local church or our local synagogue, because, the local church/synagogue is an organization that needs up-keep, maintenance, bills paid, etc, just like any other organization, but God uses HIS people to do it, with our tithes and offerings.

Three main high Holy Days are mentioned in chapter 16. the PASSOVER, the FEAST OF WEEKS, (Shavuot/Pentecost) and the FEAST OF TABERNACLES (sukkot). Why are these so important? they all point to Messiah Yeshua. In Passover, YESHUA is the Unleavened Bread, the Bread of Life, the sacrifice lamb, who took on our sins with BITTERNESS, In Shavuot, we see the giving of the Torah on Sinai, Yeshua is the Living Torah, the LIVING WORD, also, the coming of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) who is GOD living in every born again believer, and the FEAST OF TABERNACLES which celebrates GOD coming to live among us through YESHUA HaMASHIACH, In the Millennial Kingdom, we will travel to Yerushalayim during these Festivals.

____________________________________________ ____________________________________
ISAIAH 54:11-55:5

The Prophet comforts Israel, even though they are being punished for disobedience, for unbelief, yet in the future, Israel WILL be comforted, during the Millennial kingdom, they will be blessed in ALL ways, treated like royalty, ...and their RIGHTEOUSNESS, their YESHUAH is from ME, says the prophet, Yeshua HaMashiach is their righteousness and their salvation, and HE is OURS as well. Are we not part of the Commonwealth of Israel?
joined to HIS people HIS nation, like the grafted-in Olive branches. Come to the waters and drink, it is free, the Living Water who is Yeshua is free, free to accept, and freely given is his gift of eternal life, to all who believe in HIM.

____________________________________________ ____________________________________

I JOHN 4:1-5

Test the spirits, says the apostle Yochanan, How do we know that God speaks through some people/ministers/ or so called "prophets"? What do they believe about Yeshua? Did he come in the flesh, to reveal who God is? did he come as part of Elohim? as Echad? Did he come as "God made flesh" if yes, then the person is of God, if no, then the person is NOT of God, couldn't be any easier understood.

Shabbat Shalom.................Rabbi Ben Avraham
I choose every blessing that God has for me.....That's all of them..
 
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The Lord Jesus Christ also offered blessings and cursings in His time in the flesh:

Blessed be ye poor...Woe unto you that are rich.
Blessed are ye that hunger now...Woe unto you that are full.
Blessed are ye that weep now...Woe unto you that laugh now.
Blessed are ye when men shall hate you and shall separate you from their company and shall reproach you and cast out your name as evil for the Son of man's sake...Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you.
(Luke 6:20-26)
I'm afraid you don't understand what you've written here Hisfollower....

Blessed are the poor...Why? Because they don't have to be poor anymore...Jesus bore the curse of poverty for them.
Blessed are ye that hunger For you shall have plenty...Jesus bore the curse of hunger for you
Blessed are ye that weep now Jesus bore that curse...He gives you the oil of joy for mourning
Blessed are ye when men shall hate you and shall separate you from their company and shall reproach you and cast out your name as evil for the Son of man's sake They hate Jesus too.....If you're following Jesus you ARE following blessing.
 
Loyal
The OP listed Deut 11 as a source, but I didn't see these scriptures in the OP. (Maybe it's my eye sight)

Deut 11:26; “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:
Deut 11:27; the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today;
Deut 11:28; and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known.

Deut 30:1; “So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where the Lord your God has banished you,
Deut 30:2; and you return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons,
Deut 30:3; then the Lord your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.
 
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A Christian does not live by the OT expectation of blessings and fear of curses from God. We have moved on to a new covenant. God does not need to dangle promises of blessings in front of us as He did with those who were not born again. He has us. He has our heart. Otherwise we would not be born again Jer 17:10.

I bless my children because they are my children. We can only argue that obedient children get blessings different from disobedient children. A disobedient child is still someone who has given their life, their all to God.

Unless God gave blessings in the OT, the Jews would not be obedient. Can you imagine them being told to walk to the promised land of sand and mud? A Christian should be obedient despite whatever promise / lack of promise.
 
Loyal
A Christian does not live by the OT expectation of blessings and fear of curses from God. We have moved on to a new covenant. God does not need to dangle promises of blessings in front of us as He did with those who were not born again. He has us. He has our heart. Otherwise we would not be born again Jer 17:10.

I bless my children because they are my children. We can only argue that obedient children get blessings different from disobedient children. A disobedient child is still someone who has given their life, their all to God.

Unless God gave blessings in the OT, the Jews would not be obedient. Can you imagine them being told to walk to the promised land of sand and mud? A Christian should be obedient despite whatever promise / lack of promise.
KingJ What is the curse? Do you really think the curse is from God? He does not say it comes from Him. Why do Christians like to think it does?
The curse is from the realm of Satan...If you step out of the Light you step into the darkness..That's Satan's realm. That's where Satan can put anything on you....Why blame God for getting the natural result of your actions?
Today in our New Covenant we will get the same results when we step into the darkness....All the rotten stuff that can come upon you will come upon you, because you stepped into it. To put it really simply.....Blessings and cursings are cause and effect....If you walk in the Light you experience all the things that come with Him (the Light) If you walk in darkness you experience all the things that come with the lord of darkness. It's not complicated.

He has us....He has our hearts......Well that's true for many Christians.....The rest of us? I strongly suspect we have our hearts, we want what we want...and we put ourselves before God and so walk in the darkness to a great degree
 

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