The Sermons of Moses

The Sermons of Moses

A Conversation on the Revelation of Yahweh to His People preached through Moses on the plains of Moab

The writings of David Guzik and, David J. Zucker have been a good source of information. I appreciate Chabad.org and Rashi’s Commentary for their insights into what the traditional thoughts are on the Torah. I am especially thankful to Zola Levitt for the love he spread through his T.V. program and writings. He made me fall deeper in love with my God and that is what I am trying to do with these conversations – I want my readers to fall deeper in love with our God, Yahweh, with every reading – as I am doing with every writing.

Preface

This book is the fifth book in the Torah[1] – the books of Moses. The Hebrew word Devarim means words, matters, or things. It is a reaffirmation and review of the covenant between Israel and their God, Yahweh. It is an establishment and examination of Israel’s human experience. It is personal and reproduces to the ancient Israelites – and us today – the events and words as a single event to be experienced in this current moment. “The complete range of human experience is brought to life and salvation by the full revelation of God: Live this! Now!”[2] The emphasis is on teaching and learning. It presents Yahweh as the one and only God[3] and instructs his chosen people to unwaveringly hold fast to him. It establishes Yahweh as spiritually connected to his chosen people with no physical presence, but a dwelling place for his name[4]. It reiterates the fact that Yahweh’s relationship with his chosen people entails specific obligations that were mutually agreed upon and have consequences. Yahweh created his chosen people, redeemed us from bondage and guides us safely through the wilderness of sin. He created Israel, redeemed her from slavery in Egypt, guided her through the wilderness, and brought her safely to the Promised Land. Like Israel, we have an obligation to cooperate with Yahweh so we won’t be “plucked off the land” – the path that he is leading us on – and be scattered “from one end of the earth to the other” – get lost in the confusion of worldly wisdom. As you read this book consider it spoken directly to you. Look deeply into the heart of your God, Yahweh. Inspect your own heart – your actions and motives – judge yourself and be careful not to judge others. Judging others is Yahweh’s job and he doesn’t need our help.


Things to think about

  1. What do you see as the object of this book of teachings? Do you see it as a means to get better acquainted with our God, Yahweh?
  2. Is it important who wrote it or when it was written?
  3. How can you and I today relate to a book written so long ago?
  4. How can this book help us to walk in the light?[5]

[1] Torah means many things, but especially in this context it means teaching – not law.

[2] Eugene H. Peterson, The Message, NAVPress, 2005, introduction to Deuteronomy, page 223

[3] Deuteronomy 6:4

[4] A name is a term used for identification. Yahweh’s name identifies him as the one who is who and what he is and will be what and who he will be – not a being that can be manipulated.

[5] I John 1:7

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