Parashat 47 Portion 137 Dev 15:7-16:12 Yesh 61:1-3 1 Cor 5:7-8

Blessing for the Torah:

Bar’chu et YHVH ha-m’vorach,
Baruch YHVH ha-m’vorach l’O’lam va-ed!
Baruch ata YHVH
Eloheinu melech ha-olam
asher bachar banu m’kol ha-amim,
v’na-tan lanu eht Torah-to.
Baruch atah YHVH, noteyn ha-Torah. Ameyn.”

(Bless YHVH the blessed One; Blessed is YHVH, the blessed
One for all eternity. Blessed are you, YHVH, our Elohim,
King of the Universe, you have selected us from among 
all the peoples,and have given us your Torah. Blessed are you, 
YHVH, giver of the Torah. Ameyn.)

Deu 15:7  “When there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, within any of the gates in your land which יהוה your Elohim is giving you, do not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother,

The sages teach us that when a community guards the Torah, there should be prosperity for all its members. Any breach of Torah would manifest itself in poverty or in sickness. For this reason it was incumbent on each member of the Torah community to constantly examine themselves as to whether or not they are in one accord with each other and with YHVH’s Torah.

We see the implications of this principle illustrated in the Nazarene Talmud (Apostolic writings) –

   Mat 18:15  “And if your brother sins against you, go and reprove him, between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
    Mat 18:16  “But if he does not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word might be established.’
    Mat 18:17  “And if he refuses to hear them, say it to the assembly. And if he refuses even to hear the assembly, let him be to you like a gentile and a tax collector.

    Mat 18:18  “Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind1 on earth shall be having been bound1 in heaven, and whatever you loosen1 on earth shall be having been loosened1 in heaven. Footnote: 1Binding and loosening is Heḇrew idiom for exercising authority (to prohibit and permit).
   Mat 18:19  “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning any matter that they ask, it shall be done for them by My Father in the heavens.
    Mat 18:20  “For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there I am in their midst.”
Mat 18:21  Then Kĕpha came to Him and said, “Master, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
Mat 18:22  יהושע said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

This reminds us once again that the apostolic writings were written for a Torah seeking community of believers that realized the serious implications of individual as well as corporate obedience and responsibility.

Poverty sickness and disease are a curse and have no place in the Community of those who are of “The Faith”

Deu 15:8  for you shall certainly open your hand to him and certainly lend him enough for his need, whatever he needs.
Deu 15:9  “Be on guard lest there be a thought of Beliyaʽal in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is near,’ and your eye is evil against your poor brother and you give him naught. And he shall cry out to יהוה against you, and it shall be a sin in you.

Some Yisraelites may have been hesitant to give loans in the seventh year because this was a year that all debts were to be cancelled. To have this spirit was compared to having Beliyaal in your heart. Beliyaal means to “seek profit through wickedness”

Deu 15:10  “You shall certainly give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this reason יהוה your Elohim does bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand.
Deu 15:11  “Because the poor one does not cease from the land. Therefore I am commanding you, saying, ‘You shall certainly open your hand to your brother, to your poor and to your needy one, in your land.’
Deu 15:12  “When your brother is sold to you, a Heḇrew man or a Heḇrew woman, and shall serve you six years, then let him go free from you in the seventh year.
Deu 15:13  “And when you send him away free from you, let him not go away empty-handed.
Deu 15:14  “You shall richly supply him from your flock, and from your threshing-floor, and from your winepress. With that which יהוה has blessed you with, give to him.
Deu 15:15  “And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Mitsrayim, and יהוה your Elohim redeemed you. Therefore I am commanding you this word today.
Deu 15:16  “And it shall be, when he says to you, ‘I do not go away from you,’ because he loves you and your house, because it is good for him with you,
Deu 15:17  then you shall take an awl and thrust it through his ear to the door, and he shall be your servant forever(chadal). Do the same to your female servant.

 It appears that the community of faith will always be challenged by those who don’t have a heart to fully obey and walk in the ways of Torah.
The Hebrew word “chadal” is used in this verse and means “will not cease or come to an end.”

It appears that some people are better off been under some kind of supervision over their lives forever – see vs 17 – There seem to be different aspects to this instruction found in Shemot 21 and Vayikra 25. Hebrew slaves were encouraged to return to their family inheritance in the year of Jubilee. Hebrew slaves were not meant to be slaves forever. Woman slaves were to be treated differently- see Shemot 21.

Why the differences?

It is clear that the Torah if it was guarded and obeyed, it would bring freedom and prosperity for all – but maybe Moshe believed that there would always be some people that would always need help to guard and obey the Torah, hence it would be preferred that some remain accountable to a master forever, for this purpose. This is my view. I hope I am wrong.

Deu 15:18  “Let it not be hard in your eyes when you send him away free from you, for he has been worth a double hired servant in serving you six years. And יהוה your Elohim shall bless you in all that you do.
Deu 15:19  “Set apart to יהוה your Elohim all the first-born males that come from your herd and your flock. Do no work with the first-born of your herd, nor shear the first-born of your flock.
Deu 15:20  “You and your household are to eat it before יהוה your Elohim year by year in the place which יהוה chooses.
Deu 15:21  “But when there is any defect in it, lame or blind, or has any evil defect, do not slaughter it to יהוה your Elohim.
Deu 15:22  “Eat it within your gates – the unclean and the clean alike – as the gazelle, and as the deer.
Deu 15:23  “Only, do not eat its blood, pour it on the ground like water.
Deu 16:1  “Guard the month of Aḇiḇ, and perform the Passover to יהוה your Elohim, for in the month of Aḇiḇ יהוה your Elohim brought you out of Mitsrayim by night.
Deu 16:2  “And you shall slaughter the Passover to יהוה your Elohim, from the flock and the herd, in the place where יהוה chooses to put His Name.
Deu 16:3  “Eat no leavened bread with it. For seven days you eat unleavened bread with it, bread of affliction, because you came out of the land of Mitsrayim in haste – so that you remember the day in which you came out of the land of Mitsrayim, all the days of your life.
Deu 16:4  “And no leaven should be seen with you in all your border for seven days, neither should any of the meat which you slaughter in the evening on the first day stay all night until morning.
Deu 16:5  “You are not allowed to slaughter the Passover within any of your gates which יהוה your Elohim gives you,
Deu 16:6  but at the place where יהוה your Elohim chooses to make His Name dwell, there you slaughter the Passover in the evening, at the going down of the sun, at the appointed time you came out of Mitsrayim.
Deu 16:7  “And you shall roast and eat it in the place which יהוה your Elohim chooses, and in the morning you shall turn and go to your tents.
Deu 16:8  “Six days you eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there is a closing festival to יהוה your Elohim – you do no work.
Deu 16:9  “Count seven weeks for yourself. Begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain.
Deu 16:10  “And you shall perform the Festival of Weeks to יהוה your Elohim, according to the voluntary offering from your hand, which you give as יהוה your Elohim blesses you.
Deu 16:11  “And you shall rejoice before יהוה your Elohim, you and your son and your daughter, and your male servant and your female servant, and the Lĕwite who is within your gates, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are in your midst, at the place where יהוה your Elohim chooses to make His Name dwell.
Deu 16:12  “And you shall remember that you were a slave in Mitsrayim, and you shall guard and do these laws.

I believe the Bride of Messiah will never become weary of well 

doing and following the Messiah in perfect obedience to ALL of 

the Torah forever and ever – Gal 6.

The Bride of Messiah will be an example to the world that as they follow every instruction in YHVH’s Torah forever (while heaven and earth are in existence) they will enter into deeper levels of love and understanding of our redemption and relationship with YHVH.

Baruch atah YHVH, Eloheynu, Melech ha-‘Olam, asher natan lanu Toraht-emet, v’chay-yeh o’lam nata-b’tochenu. Baruch atah YHVH, noteyn ha-Torah. Ameyn.”

(Blessed are you Yahweh, our Elohim, King of the Universe, you have given us your Torah of truth, and have planted everlasting life within our midst. Blessed are you, YHVH giver of the Torah – Ameyn

Please note these notes are under construction and are subject to correction and are in no way a final authority on any subject