Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Ki Tavo - Reading #4

Ki Tavo כִּי-תָבוֹא - When You Enter In

Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8

Reading #4 - Deuteronomy 27:1–10

My Thoughts:

In verse 7 we read again that after your sacrifice to Hashem your Elohim, you are to rejoice! Sometimes when I read about sacrifices it seems like they are somewhat challenging. Bringing in a spotless offering to the Tabernacle/Temple to the priest, having him slaughter it, then cooking and eating it (the ones that you are permitted to eat). But, we don’t realize that this is all done for Hashem! The creator of the universes! It’s not just some “chore”, it is a total privilege and blessing! So, that’s when we rejoice. When we realize it is Hashem, the L-rd of L-rds, the Elohim of all -- that is who we are giving to. And what an honor that it is. All so much worth giving Him glory and praise! We don’t have the type of offering today, but we can do other “offerings”. And when we do, be sure to rejoice before Him! Giving and then rejoicing, something we are not used to?


In verse 9 Moses tells the people to be quiet and listen. That they have become the people of Hashem, so obey His Commandments. I believe these words are “alive” today. We are to be listening to the voice of Hashem -- but we need to get quiet to do so! We can’t hear His voice when we are leading busy and LOUD lives! Going places, doing things...talking and texting. We need to find a place to get quiet so we can hear His voice. Picture a house full of kids playing, shrieking with laughter and running around. But, one of the kids is trying to talk to you. You can’t hear him/her because of all the noise! Same with Hashem. If we have so much going on around us we won’t be able to hear Him speak. So that’s the challenge today. Get somewhere quiet and peaceful. Spend some time praising Hashem. Then listen to what He wants to tell you. It will change your life for sure.

Reading #4 - Deuteronomy 27:1–10

7 Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, “Keep all the commandments which I command you today. 2 It shall be on the day when you shall pass over the Jordan to the land which Hashem your Elohim gives you, that you shall set yourself up great stones, and coat them with plaster. 3 You shall write on them all the words of this law, when you have passed over, that you may go into the land which Hashem your Elohim gives you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as Hashem, the Elohim of your fathers, has promised you. 4 It shall be, when you have crossed over the Jordan, that you shall set up these stones, which I command you today, on Mount Ebal, and you shall coat them with plaster. 5 There you shall build an altar to Hashem your Elohim, an altar of stones. You shall not use any iron tool on them. 6 You shall build Hashem your Elohim’s altar of uncut stones. You shall offer burnt offerings on it to Hashem your Elohim 7 You shall sacrifice peace offerings, and shall eat there. You shall rejoice before Hashem your Elohim 8 You shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly.”

9 Moses and the Levitical priests spoke to all Israel, saying, “Be silent and listen, Israel! Today you have become the people of Hashem your Elohim 10 You shall therefore obey Hashem your Elohim’s voice, and do His commandments and His statutes, which I command you today.”