A daily break in your day to celebrate our salvation in Yeshua (Jesus) and our abundant life through the Torah

Blessing

Deuteronomy, The Book Of Love

What do you see in this image? What you see depends on your point of view, your perspective.

There’s both a white vase and a two black profiles, but one of them stands out depending on the way you see things.

This same principle applies when we read the Bible. We read it from a certain perspective. It may be a preconceived notion we have. It may be through a filter of how we’ve come to understand a certain passage. It may be a perspective we were taught. If we’d never read the Bible and pick it up one day, we’ll see things through our own experiences, sensitivities, fears, orientation to life and our notions of God.

We can’t help it, as humans we bring all of our psyche and intellect to everything we do.

How We Read The Bible

In reading through the Torah – and specifically those books with a lot of commandments – your perspective will determine how you characterize God. (more…)


Yeshua’s Teaching on Deuteronomy 6-8

Sinai WildernessHave you noticed that the enemy often increases his efforts just as we’re about to approach a victory? We don’t always perceive what’s happening in the moment, but we notice that things get very difficult.  Then all of the sudden, there’s a breakthrough in an area where we’ve been struggling or praying for.

Parashah #46 is Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25.  It’s called ‘Ekev which means “Because” (or considering, in light of, or since) It starts out in verse 12 with:

“Because you are listening to these rulings, keeping and obeying them, Adonai your God will keep with you the covenant and mercy that he swore to your ancestors.”

It starts with a promise, a covenant made between Yehovah and our spiritual ancestors.  By keeping the commandments laid out to them, this Israelite generation is continuing the same covenant he made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and by doing so Yehovah brings about the blessings he promised to them: (more…)


Resting in God’s Faithfulness: My Shimetah Year

Image19-1In my last post on this topic, I shared how Yehovah demonstrated his faithfulness to me very specifically over one year’s time.  He replaced my fears with faith and changed my perspective to one that allows me to stay in his peace and rest every day.

A couple of years later I was working on new projects and new goals.  I still had my new perspective and was still trusting God for all of my provisions, but I was still striving.  Not out of fear, but for accomplishment – improvement in my career,  progress on changes I wanted in my personal life, projects and goals I had set for things I wanted to change or improve.

That’s not all bad, but for me there was this feeling of discontent, that things weren’t what they could be.  This feeling kept me striving, antsy, a little on edge, impatient, trying to get things on track the way I thought they should be.  I could feel this drive to make something of my life. (more…)


The Blessing of the 10 Commandments: A Case in Point

Image271In an earlier post, we reviewed the lifestyle of following the 10 Commandments and the blessings it produces based on Deuteronomy 26:16-19.  But God’s blessings go beyond human logic.  It’s not only that if you do this, then that will happen. While that is certainly true in the natural realm, when we pursue God’s commands, the spiritual results are compounded beyond what we can imagine. (more…)


The 10 Commandments – A List or a Lifestyle? (1-4)

God's guidance“He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.”  (Deut. 26:19)

Those are blessings I’d like to receive!  But before we “name it and claim it”, let’s look at the context. (more…)


The 10 Commandments: A List or a Lifestyle? (5-10)

Walk in the WoodsAt the end of Deuteronomy there’s a blessing for those who keep the commandments described throughout the book.  The summary of them is in Deuteronomy 5, known as the 10 Commandments.   But these commands are more than what we typically think of when we hear that reference–more than a list of do’s and don’ts, more than a checklist of how we’ve done in being a good person.  These commandments describe a lifestyle in alignment with God’s character and heart and His will for us.  In this 2-part blog, we’re looking at the lifestyle behind each command to see just how this blessing comes about as we align with Him.  (more…)


Resting in God’s Faithfulness: Faith for Fear

DSC_0313In an earlier post, I shared how God had helped me identify six idols in my life – those things I put my trust in either in addition to Him or instead of Him.  After a 40-day examination of my attitudes toward them, I realized they were borne out of fear—fear of losing those things I depended on for security.  During that time God provided me a new perspective more closely aligned with His desire for my abundant life and which helped me to stay in his place of peace and rest.

A year later, I still kept God’s word to me on my desk: (more…)