Sunday, July 16, 2023

Devarim - Reading #1

Devarim דְּבָרִים - Words

Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

Reading #1: Deuteronomy 1:1–10

My Thoughts:

Here is Moses at the end of a 40 year incredible, miraculous journey to the promised Land. He is talking to a new generation of people. They are the second generation that were delivered from Egypt. He reiterates the Law and it’s commandments and looks forward to this generation making “covenant” with Hashem. He made a promise to Abraham to give his descendants a promised Land - Israel. Now, hundreds of years later they are about to see that promise fulfilled. What faith the people of Elohim must have had waiting so long for this incredible promise to happen. Do we even have a tiny bit of that kind of faith?


Can you think of something going on in your life either now or in the past that required a lot of faith? How did you do during the waiting time? Was it difficult or did you rest in peace knowing Hashem would fulfill His promise to you? Or did you get impatient and try to make things happen yourself? This past year I have had to “wait” on Hashem to move in many different ways. I knew in my heart He would carry things out to completion, but I had to learn patience. Yes, I got impatient and even at times wondered if I really heard His voice. But, I can testify He has “showed” His hand to me several times this year -- even in miraculous ways. He has been faithful, even when I was not. If you are waiting for something -- try to be patient. Try to just thank Hashem for all He is doing and ask Him to help you to wait. He will and it will be so worth it. Amen.

Reading #1:  Deuteronomy 1:1-10

1:1 These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite Suf, between Paran, Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab. 2 It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea. 3 In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, Moses spoke to the children of Israel according to all that Hashem had given him in commandment to them, 4 after he had struck Sihon the king of the Amorites who lived in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan who lived in Ashtaroth, at Edrei. 5 Beyond the Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses began to declare this law, saying, 6 “Hashem our Elohim spoke to us in Horeb, saying, ‘You have lived long enough at this mountain. 7 Turn, and take your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all the places near there: in the Arabah, in the hill country, in the lowland, in the South, by the seashore, in the land of the Canaanites, and in Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. 8 Behold, I have set the land before you. Go in and possess the land which Hashem swore to your fathers—to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob—to give to them and to their offspring after them.’”

9 I spoke to you at that time, saying, “I am not able to bear you myself alone. 10 Hashem your Elohim has multiplied you, and behold, you are today as the stars of the sky for multitude.