Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Ha'Azinu - Reading #3

Haazinu הַאֲזִינוּ - Listen!

Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52

Reading #3 -  Deuteronomy 32:13–18

My Thoughts:

It is so harsh that here the people are ready to enter the Promised Land and Moses is prophesying that they are going to fail and go off and worship other gods. In verse 18 we read, “Of the Rock who became your father, you are unmindful, and have forgotten Elohiim who gave you birth.” This is how sin begins, we forget who Hashem is. Sometimes things can get so good in life, that we forget who gave them to us. We get prideful, puffed up and think we worked or earned the things we have. And then we begin to “worship” what we have, instead of Hashem. Maybe you don’t think you could ever forget Hashem and all He has done. But, sometimes I think we do. How many hours a day do we watch TV? How many hours a day do we pray and worship Hashem? If that answer convicts you and scares you -- then it is time to set things straight! Make sure today that you are not forgetting Hashem and all He is. Spend time with Him today. Take a “prayer walk” and thank Him for all He has done!


In continuation of the thoughts above -- have you ever “abandoned” Hashem (verse 15)? I have a good friend who unexpectedly lost his brother a few months ago. They were best friends. He got mad at Hashem. Why did Hashem “take” his brother at such a young age? I can see where this anger has really separated my friend from Hashem. I am encouraging him to think about where his brother is. That just maybe he is in paradise (I believe with Yeshua) -- in a very special place that Hashem has prepared. My friend is hurt, and we all have had times when we have felt the same. But we must not abandon or reject Hashem. We must remember He gives and He takes away. My challenge to you today is to thank Hashem for today. That He woke you up, Ask Him to walk with you today. If you are hurting, go back to Him and ask Him if He will help you to heal and be restored. Ask Him to come close to you so that you can feel His presence in your life. I pray that He does.

Reading #3 -  Deuteronomy 32:13–18

32:13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth.

    He ate the increase of the field.

He caused him to suck honey out of the rock,

    oil out of the flinty rock;

14 butter from the herd, and milk from the flock,

    with fat of lambs,

    rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats,

    with the finest of the wheat.

    From the blood of the grape, you drank wine.

15 But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked.

    You have grown fat.

    You have grown thick.

    You have become sleek.

Then he abandoned Elohim who made him,

    and rejected the Rock of his salvation.

16 They moved Him to jealousy with strange gods.

    They provoked Him to anger with abominations.

17 They sacrificed to demons, not Elohim,

    to gods that they didn’t know,

    to new gods that came up recently,

    which your fathers didn’t dread.

18 Of the Rock who became your father, you are unmindful,

    and have forgotten Elohiim who gave you birth.