Category: 102-Exodus


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For this Torah Portion, I look at Deuteronomy 5.8-10 and Exodus 20.4-6, the second of the Ten.

I discuss the variances between the passages, and offer my assessment of those variances.

I also add to the discussion about Moses being the primary speaker found in Deuteronomy.

I also add to the discussion that the Ten were not given to the Gentiles (Nations).

Here is the discussion: Deuteronomy 5.8-10.

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December: Winter Solstice, Christmas

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In essence Romans 14.5 states: Each person will assess the value and meaning of a day. One person will value one particular day as more important than all other days. While another person will place the exact same value on each day. What’s important is that each person needs to have complete confidence in their decision about how they value the day(s).

 
For decades, I have not enjoyed this time of year, and my biggest reason is December 25 and the event that is associated with it.

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Deuteronomy 7.1a

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For this Torah Portion, I look specifically at Deuteronomy 7.1a.

In this essay, I will again discuss that while this portion is Torah, and Torah is equated with law and commandments, that the Torah contains tones that seem to come directly from Moses as a person, the elder statesman.

I will add to this discussion that when one seeks to determine when Moses is speaking from himself and when Moses is speaking on behalf of Jehovah it proves interesting and challenging, and mention that how one interprets Moses determines how much authoritative power Moses has for doctrine.

Here is the discussion: Deuteronomy 7.1a.

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Deuteronomy 6.20-25

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For this Torah Portion, I look specifically at Deuteronomy 6.20-25.

In this essay, I will discuss the question and answer that is provided within the passage.

I will discuss that the concept is presented within a family context, a child asking their parent a question, and that the parent is answering their child.

I will go through the passage and give some discussion as to whether or not the child/parent has to ask/answer with these exact words, or if there is grounds for variations.

Here is the discussion: Deuteronomy 6.20-25.

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Deuteronomy 6.16-19

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For this Torah Portion, I look specifically at Deuteronomy 6.16-19.

In this essay, I will discuss that trying the LORD should be understood with Moses’ appending phrase “as you did as Massah.”

I will again discuss that while this portion is Torah, and Torah is equated with law and commandments, that the Torah contains tones that seem to come directly from Moses as a person, the elder statesman.

I will discuss that Moses is exhorting Israel to remain faithful to Jehovah in order to find success, and I will discuss that there is a long history of trying to understand what is right in the sight of the LORD.

Here is the discussion: Deuteronomy 6.16-19.

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Deuteronomy 6.13-15

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For this Torah Portion, I look specifically at Deuteronomy 6.13-15.

In this essay, I will discuss that while this portion is Torah, and Torah is equated with law and commandments, that the Torah contains tones that seem to come directly from Moses as a person, the elder statesman.

I will discuss that Moses is strongly urging Israel to remain faithful to Jehovah or risk losing their blessings.

I will also discuss that, contextually, Moses is not focusing on monotheism.

Here is the discussion: Deuteronomy 6.13-15.

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Deuteronomy 6.10-12

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For this Torah Portion, I look specifically at Deuteronomy 6.10-12.

In this essay, I will discuss that the Nation of Israel were the recipients of God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

I will discuss that Moses is strongly urging Israel to remain humble and faithful in order to retain the blessings of the land.

Here is the discussion: Deuteronomy 6.10-12.

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