Saturday, October 1, 2022

Vayelech - Reading #7

Vayelech וַיֵּלֶךְ - And He Went

Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30

Haftarah Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27

Apostolic Reading Matthew 21:9-17

Reading #7 - Deuteronomy 31:25–30

My Thoughts:

Moses seems anxious about how the Israelites will fare after his death. In verse 29 he says, “For I know that after my death you will utterly corrupt yourselves…”. How sad is this? After 40 years of substantial miracles and witnesses of Hashem’s power and glory, the chosen people are still disobeying Him. What is it about humankind that just can’t seem to get it together? How could they have looked upon the pillar of the cloud in the day and the pillar of fire at night? Wouldn’t that miracle alone (His presence) be enough in your life to want to stay on your knees day and night? Why are we so weak? Even today, look at the world. It is crazy. Right is wrong and wrong is right. We are so upside down. Those of us who profess to know Hashem and love Him -- still disobey Him and sin. The beauty of it all is teshuvah. As we are in the ten days of awe leading to Yom Kippur, we must repent and turn around. When we turn around we don’t look back. We must become “lights” for Hashem for the rest of the world. So that He wants to send the Mashiach. Right?


The book of the Law in verse 25 reminds them (us) about how to live. It is a witness. That’s why they carry it in the ark. It needs to be with them at all times. Just like now. We need the Torah by our side every day. It needs to be in plain view where we can study it and learn from it. That is the advantage of doing the daily reading schedule. It is always in your life -- every day. And that is my challenge to you today. Make a promise to yourself that as the new Torah cycle begins (after Sukkot) that you will immerse yourself. Pick a time every day to study and if you happen to miss a study, make it up. Get yourself a journal to record your thoughts. Let the Torah speak to you in powerful ways each day. Remember it is life!

Reading #7 - Deuteronomy 31:25–30

31:25 Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of Hashem’s covenant, saying, 26 “Take this book of the law, and put it by the side of the ark of Hashem your Elohim’s covenant, that it may be there for a witness against you. 27 For I know your rebellion and your stiff neck. Behold, while I am yet alive with you today, you have been rebellious against Hashem. How much more after my death? 28 Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to witness against them. 29 For I know that after my death you will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn away from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will happen to you in the latter days, because you will do that which is evil in Hashem’s sight, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.”

30 Moses spoke in the ears of all the assembly of Israel the words of this song, until they were finished.


My Thoughts:

Micah 7:8 contains a beautiful passage, “Who is an Elohim like You, who pardons iniquity, and passes over the disobedience of the remnant of His heritage? He doesn’t retain His anger forever,because He delights in loving kindness. ” When we were reading the Torah today we saw how Moses predicted the failure of his people. But, even when we fail -- Hashem is there to forgive us. He actually will “pass over” our disobedience. He doesn’t stay mad for long. This is because He is a kind and loving Elohim! I’m sure you have seen evidence of this in your life. You have done dumb things, confessed and really felt like Hashem has forgiven you. Because He has! Think about it. We should be more like Him. When people do things to upset us and make us angry, we should show loving kindness instead of retaliation! We need to forgive and make things right. When we do this the world will be such a better place. Remember it starts with you and me. 


In Joel 2:27 we read, “You will know that I am among Israel, and that I am Hashem, your Elohim, and there is no one else; My people will never again be disappointed.” What a wonderful promise! We must remember there is no other Elohim, but Hashem! His presence will be known in Israel and around the world. And when that happens there will be no more sin, no more tears, no more wars, no more disappointment. My challenge to you is let us try to be like that now. Let’s try hard to show the world that Hashem is perfect and loving and kind. That we can cast our burdens upon Him and He will carry them for us. Let us try to portray to the world that by following the one true Elohim, that joy and peace will follow. Be that today, and I will join you.

Haftarah Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27

Hosea 14:2-10 

2 Take words with you, and return to Hashem.

    Tell him, “Forgive all our sins,

    and accept that which is good:

    so we offer our lips like bulls.

3 Assyria can’t save us.

    We won’t ride on horses;

    neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, ‘Our gods!’

    for in you the fatherless finds mercy.”

4 “I will heal their waywardness.

    I will love them freely;

    for my anger is turned away from him.

5 I will be like the dew to Israel.

    He will blossom like the lily,

    and send down his roots like Lebanon.

6 His branches will spread,

    and his beauty will be like the olive tree,

    and his fragrance like Lebanon.

7 Men will dwell in his shade.

    They will revive like the grain,

    and blossom like the vine.

    Their fragrance will be like the wine of Lebanon.

8 Ephraim, what have I to do any more with idols?

    I answer, and will take care of him.

    I am like a green cypress tree;

    from me your fruit is found.”

9 Who is wise, that he may understand these things?

    Who is prudent, that he may know them?

    For the ways of Hashem are right,

    and the righteous walk in them;

    But the rebellious stumble in them.

Micah 7:18-20

8 Who is an Elohim like you, who pardons iniquity,

    and passes over the disobedience of the remnant of His heritage?

He doesn’t retain His anger forever,

    because He delights in loving kindness.

19 He will again have compassion on us.

    He will tread our iniquities under foot;

    and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

20 You will give truth to Jacob,

    and mercy to Abraham,

    as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

Joel 2:15-27

Blow the trumpet in Zion!

    Sanctify a fast.

    Call a solemn assembly.

16 Gather the people.

    Sanctify the assembly.

    Assemble the elders.

    Gather the children, and those who nurse from breasts.

Let the bridegroom go out of his room,

    and the bride out of her room.

17 Let the priests, the ministers of Hashem, weep between the porch and the altar,

    and let them say, “Spare your people, Hashem,

    and don’t give your heritage to reproach,

    that the nations should rule over them.

Why should they say among the peoples,

    ‘Where is their Elohim?’”

18 Then Hashem was jealous for His land,

    And had pity on His people.

19 Hashem answered His people,

    “Behold, I will send you grain, new wine, and oil,

    and you will be satisfied with them;

    and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations.

20 But I will remove the northern army far away from you,

    and will drive it into a barren and desolate land,

    its front into the eastern sea,

    and its back into the western sea;

    and its stench will come up,

    and its bad smell will rise.”

Surely He has done great things.

21 Land, don’t be afraid.

    Be glad and rejoice, for Hashem has done great things.

22 Don’t be afraid, you animals of the field;

    for the pastures of the wilderness spring up,

    for the tree bears its fruit.

    The fig tree and the vine yield their strength.

23 “Be glad then, you children of Zion,

    and rejoice in Hashem, your Elohim;

    for He gives you the early rain in just measure,

    and He causes the rain to come down for you,

    the early rain and the latter rain,

    as before.

24 The threshing floors will be full of wheat,

    and the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

25 I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,

    the great locust, the grasshopper, and the caterpillar,

    my great army, which I sent among you.

26 You will have plenty to eat, and be satisfied,

    and will praise the name of Hashem, your Elohim,

    who has dealt wondrously with you;

    and My people will never again be disappointed.

27 You will know that I am among Israel,

    and that I am Hashem, your Elohim, and there is no one else;

    and my people will never again be disappointed.

Apostolic Reading

My Thoughts:

In today’s reading we learn how Yeshua did not tolerate sin. Selling anything in the temple was of course forbidden. The temple was the place where Hashem would dwell. There was not to be bartering and exchanging of money and all. How could people get to this point? How could they dishonor the presence of Hashem? Yeshua came to bring people back to Hashem. To remind them of Torah and the commandments. He told the people that if they loved Him they would follow His commandments. That is so true. If we really love Hashem we would delight in following Torah. It would not be drudgery or a burden. It is a blessing and it is life. Let us not become like the “money-changers” in the temple, forgetting the presence and power of Elohim. Let’s be more like Yeshua and remind the world of what is right.


Why were the priests “indignant” that Yeshua was healing people in the temple. Apparently there were people coming to the temple that NEEDED healing! They needed a touch from Hashem. They needed restoration. Yeshua was Hashem’s vehicle to bring that touch. Were the priests jealous, confused, low on faith? Whatever reason that made them so skeptical of Yeshua and who He was, it did not end up well. Yeshua was killed and the temple destroyed. Two huge losses. But here lies the hope. We know from the Torah that the Mashiach will come. That He will rule in the final Temple, where the glory of Hashem goes forth to the world. That is my challenge to you today. Start being used by Hashem to give a “touch” to others. This may be praying for them, helping them or studying Torah with them. Don’t worry about the “priests” around you who don’t understand what you are doing. Just follow Hashem and do what He tells you. We want Mashiach to return. We want the glory of Hashem to fill the earth. So let’s start “doing” Torah for those around us. Let us help to prepare the world for the Olam Haba! Amen!

Apostolic Reading Matthew 21:9-17

9 The multitudes who went in front of Him, and those who followed, kept shouting, “Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 

10 When He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?”

11 The multitudes said, “This is the prophet, Yeshua, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

12 Yeshua entered into the temple of Elohim and drove out all of those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the money changers’ tables and the seats of those who sold the doves. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers!”Jeremiah 7:11

14 The lame and the blind came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children who were crying in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the son of David!” they were indignant, 16 and said to Him, “Do you hear what these are saying?”

Yeshua said to them, “Yes. Did you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of children and nursing babies, you have perfected praise?’”

17 He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and camped there.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Vayelech - Reading #6

Vayelech וַיֵּלֶךְ - And He Went

Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30

Reading #6 - Deuteronomy 31:20–24

My Thoughts:

Oh no! Hashem says when they have eaten of the Land filled with milk and honey, and they have grown FAT and turned to other gods -- they will break His covenant (verse 20)! What is this about growing fat? I hate to admit it but when our bodies get physically fat, we are beginning to “worship” another god -- food. And that is a huge problem. I believe America is the most overweight country in the world. And we may be the most “godless” country in the world. We must ONLY serve the one true Elohim! If you have a weight issue, please think about this today. Go to Hashem, repent and ask for His help to lose weight. Start praising Him and worshiping Him every day. Immerse yourself in the Torah. I encourage you to get back on track! You can do it!


Remember Hashem will be with us (verse 23). He went with Joshua and He will go with us into the “lands” that He calls us to. But we must be “covenant” people. We must join and participate in His covenant with Israel. We must support the Jewish people and their land. There is an incredible project called “Lev Haolam”. Go to their website and consider supporting them: Lev Haolam. That is my special challenge to you today.

Reading #6 - Deuteronomy 31:20–24

31:20 For when I have brought them into the land which I swore to their fathers, flowing with milk and honey, and they have eaten and filled themselves, and grown fat, then they will turn to other gods, and serve them, and despise me, and break my covenant. 21 It will happen, when many evils and troubles have come on them, that this song will testify before them as a witness; for it will not be forgotten out of the mouths of their descendants; for I know their ways and what they are doing today, before I have brought them into the land which I promised them.”

22 So Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the children of Israel.

23 He commissioned Joshua the son of Nun, and said, “Be strong and courageous; for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land which I swore to them. I will be with you.”

24 When Moses had finished writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Vayelech - Reading #5

Vayelech וַיֵּלֶךְ - And He Went

Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30

Reading #5 - Deuteronomy 31:14–19

My Thoughts:

Verse 17 carries strong discipline, “Then My anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them…”. Hashem is prophesying that after the people begin to live in the Land they will turn from Him and follow other gods. They will be influenced by the people and tempted to live a life outside of Hashem. How does Hashem react to this? He simply leaves them. He forsakes them and hides His face. Kind of like now. When we sin, we are “separated” from Hashem. He is no longer with us. Not until we “teshuvah”. We turn completely from our sin, we repent, and we make restitution. After sinning and repentance we must fully return to Hashem. Not just a part of us but all of us. He is serious when He tells us to love Him with “all your heart, soul and strength”. Remember all this the next time you consider sinning. Remember the cost. And stop in your tracks. Pray each day for Hashem to give you strength to withstand temptation. Amen.


Joshua and Moses “met” Hashem in the Tent of the Meeting (the Tabernacle). Hashem appears in a pillar of cloud. I believe this is because the cloud in a special way, hid His presence from them so that they wouldn’t die. No one can see Elohim. In fact in the Apostolic Scriptures, Yeshua says He is the only one that has ever seen Elohim in heaven. That makes sense. But, here is my challenge for you today. For you and for me. Let’s search for the “cloud” that Hashem can present Himself to us. This “cloud” could be through worship, through prayer and through service. It may not look like a “cloud” but He does present Himself in many ways to us. I see Him work miracles in my life every day. Some small, some large. Just take the time to “look” for Him. You will be surprised how He “shows up” so many times during your day. Really it’s true.

Reading #5 - Deuteronomy 31:14–19

31:14 Hashem said to Moses, “Behold, your days approach that you must die. Call Joshua, and present yourselves in the Tent of Meeting, that I may commission him.”

Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the Tent of Meeting.

15 Hashem appeared in the Tent in a pillar of cloud, and the pillar of cloud stood over the Tent’s door. 16 Hashem said to Moses, “Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers. This people will rise up and play the prostitute after the strange gods of the land where they go to be among them, and will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them. 17 Then My anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall come on them; so that they will say in that day, ‘Haven’t these evils come on us because our Elohim is not among us?’ 18 I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evil which they have done, in that they have turned to other gods.

19 “Now therefore write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of Israel. Put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for Me against the children of Israel.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Vayelech - Reading #4

Vayelech וַיֵּלֶךְ - And He Went

Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30

Reading #4 - Deuteronomy 31:10–13

My Thoughts:

Can you imagine reading the Torah every 7 years at Sukkot? In front of thousands of people? How long would that take? What does that look like? It is called the “Hakhel Ceremony”. Not all of Torah is read, but selected verses. This is why it is important to join the Jewish people in Israel who have carried on for centuries the Laws and Feasts of Torah. They will instruct us how to do these things. If you research this apparently this particular ceremony has not occurred since the destruction of the Temple. I believe we need to study about this. Connect to Israel and its people and we will learn! And this commandment confirms to us that we must be immersed in Torah every day! Amen.


Why is it important to study Torah every day (just like we do through the portions and daily readings)? In verse 12 we learn it is so that “...the men and the women and the little ones, and the foreigners who are within your gates, that they may hear, learn, fear Hashem your Elohim, and observe to do all the words of this law.” That is my challenge to you today. Stay with these daily readings, every year! So that you HEAR AND LEARN. Share them with your family and friends. It is life to you. Hashem will help you to “hear” and He will teach you so that you “learn”. The end result is that we will “fear” Hashem -- that means we will love Him so much we will want to obey Him in every way! AMEN!

Reading #4 - Deuteronomy 31:10–13

3:10 Moses commanded them, saying, “At the end of every seven years, in the set time of the year of release, in the feast of booths, 11 when all Israel has come to appear before Hashem your Elohim in the place which He will choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people, the men and the women and the little ones, and the foreigners who are within your gates, that they may hear, learn, fear Hashem your Elohim, and observe to do all the words of this law, 13 and that their children, who have not known, may hear and learn to fear Hashem your Elohim, as long as you live in the land where you go over the Jordan to possess it.”

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Vayelech - Reading #3

Vayelech וַיֵּלֶךְ - And He Went

Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30

Reading #3 - Deuteronomy 31:7–9

My Thoughts:

Here they are, getting ready to go into the promised Land. Moses is speaking to the people and encouraging them. And now he is presenting Joshua as their new leader. He tells both the people and Joshua not to be afraid. That Hashem is going ahead of them and He won’t fail them. And most important not to be discouraged. I think of the times when Hashem has called me to do something, only maybe it doesn’t look like I think it should. Discouragement and confusion can set in -- but that is NOT from Hashem! We need to seek His face and trust in Him that He has the plan. And then we try to follow Him the best we are able. Moses wanted the people to have peace in a time of change. And I pray that for your life today!


Preparation. Moses is preparing the people and giving them specific instructions for entering the Land. And here are the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark always goes first, even into battle. In your life the “Ark” should be first also -- that is the Torah. Make sure you are “carrying” it everywhere you go. Torah is life and it has to be a big part of our life! That’s my challenge to you today. Place Torah study in your life every day. Fill up your heart and soul with Torah Scripture. Then resolve yourself to follow it the best you are able. “Carry” the Torah in your heart all day long. It will change you, mold you, and make you the best person. Guaranteed.

Reading #3 - Deuteronomy 31:7–9

31:7 Moses called to Joshua, and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which Hashem has sworn to their fathers to give them; and you shall cause them to inherit it. 8 Hashem Himself is who goes before you. He will be with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be discouraged.”

9 Moses wrote this law and delivered it to the priests the sons of Levi, who bore the ark of Hashem’s covenant, and to all the elders of Israel.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Vayelech - Reading #2

Vayelech וַיֵּלֶךְ - And He Went

Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30

Reading #2 - Deuteronomy 31:4–6

My Thoughts:

Verse 5, “Hashem will deliver them up before you…”. Not only does Hashem protect you and pave the way for you -- He also will deliver your enemy to you. What does that look like? Maybe it means He will defeat them or He will prepare for them to be defeated by YOU. Either way He is in it. It is a sure thing. As long as we are following Him and His Torah. By the way, the defeat may not look like what you thought it would. It may be “compromising” or meeting someone “halfway”. That may be how you “win” the battle you are in. It is important to be open to alternate solutions -- other than “demolishing” them! Remember we are to love Hashem and love others. That includes our enemies!


It’s really, really important to remember when Hashem calls us to do something, either big or small, that we don’t forget He won’t fail or forsake us (verse 6). It may feel like He isn’t helping but we can’t see the unseen. We aren’t able to see what He is doing “behind the scenes”. Sometimes I know it may appear that we are working “alone”, but if you recall this important Scripture you will remember that He never does fail us or forsake us. The challenge today is to look at your life and think about what is going on that you are really requesting His help. Then pray, worship and ask Him to be there to direct you and to assist you. You want His leading and His path, not yours. Be strong and courageous. Take G-dly risks and walk in obedience. Take some time to thank Hashem for delivering you from the enemy and for His protection. Amen.

Reading #2 - Deuteronomy 31:4–6

31:4 Hashem will do to them as He did to Sihon and to Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, when He destroyed them. 5 Hashem will deliver them up before you, and you shall do to them according to all the commandment which I have commanded you. 6 Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid or scared of them; for Hashem your Elohim Himself is who goes with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you.”

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Vayelech - Reading #1

Vayelech וַיֵּלֶךְ - And He Went

Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30

Reading #1 - Deuteronomy 31:1–3

My Thoughts:

In verse 3 we read, “Hashem your Elohim Himself will go over before you. He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them.” This has been His promise. Hashem will go ahead and clear the path. And He will help you to keep it clean. It makes me think about how life is today. For those of us who follow and love Hashem, and obey His voice, keep His commandments -- He goes ahead of us. Right now I am working on a huge project. It is a pro-life ministry and we are starting it from scratch. A very large task, but Hashem has been going ahead of us and clearing the way! He has opened doors and directed our path. Honestly, we could not do this without Him. What have you got going in your life that you need Hashem to go ahead of you? Ask for His help today!


Moses has been leading the way for over 40 years. And now, his predecessor Joshua, is going to take over. Remember Joshua has been the super faithful one. He came back from spying the land and gave a confident, faith-filled report. He basically said, “No problem! With Hashem’s help we will enter the land!”. While his friends had all sorts of doubts and fears (except Caleb). And we see shortly when Hashem sends him into the land, He tells him to be strong and courageous. That He will go with him (Joshua 1:9). My challenge for you today is to think about how you need Hashem in your life -- maybe a special project/relationship/job you are working on. Ask Him to lead the way for you and to get rid of any interference. When you realize that you are not alone, but have the Mighty One with you, your attitude will surely change for the good! Amen!

Reading #1 - Deuteronomy 31:1–3

31:1 Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. 2 He said to them, “I am one hundred twenty years old today. I can no more go out and come in. Hashem has said to me, ‘You shall not go over this Jordan.’ 3 Hashem your Elohim Himself will go over before you. He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua will go over before you, as Hashem has spoken.

Vayelech - Week #9

Vayelech וַיֵּלֶךְ - And He Went

Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30

Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27

Matthew 21:9-17

1.1 First reading — Deuteronomy 31:1–3

1.2 Second reading — Deuteronomy 31:4–6

1.3 Third reading — Deuteronomy 31:7–9

1.4 Fourth reading — Deuteronomy 31:10–13

1.5 Fifth reading — Deuteronomy 31:14–19

1.6 Sixth reading — Deuteronomy 31:20–24

1.7 Seventh reading — Deuteronomy 31:25–30