Messianic Torah Portion Devarim "Deuteronomy"
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 1:1- 3:224
Doing HaShem's will, is the most important calling that HaShem gives His people. In fact, when asked how to pray Yeshua states that we should pray for the accomplishment of HaShem's will on earth. Mathew 6:10 states "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." However, when we do not strive to accomplish the will of HaShem, we fall short of this calling. If we continue to operate outside the will of HaShem, we eventually become unable to fulfill His will. This is what happens to the Church of Laodicea. Revelations 3:14-16 states "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." The Church of Laodicea is not committed to the fulfillment of the will of HaShem. As a result, the Church becomes useless to HaShem. Yisrael's continual operation outside HaShem's will eventually led the Children of Yisrael to become useless in fulfilling HaShem's will also. This is one reason, the kingdom became divided and the Yisraelites were dispersed to other nations. Striving to do the will of HaShem is critical part of keeping secure and useful relationship with the Lord. Therefore, learning how to stay focused on doing HaShem's will, is an important aspect of the believers walk. Staying focused on the will of HaShem requires us to be committed. Devarim is a good example of how commitment is necessary in the accomplishment of HaShem's will.
Commitment to HaShem's plan keeps us focuses on His will and helps us overcome the obstacles we face. When the Children of Yisrael no longer 100% committed to fulfill HaShem's planed entry into the Promised Land, they were overcome with fear. As a result, of this loss of commitment the Children of Yisrael began to blame HaShem for their problems. Devarim 1:27-32 states "ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. Whither shall we go brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there. Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes; And in the wilderness, where thou has seen how that the LORD thy God bear thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place. Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God" Yisrael's loss commitment weakened Yisrael's relationship with HaShem and made that generation unable to enter the promised land. As a result, the Children of Yisrael wandered in the wilderness for forty years.
Because HaShem is a just and merciful G-D He did not change His promise to the descendants of Avraham. However, HaShem did change the timing of the fulfillment of the promise. As a result, the Children of Yisrael would have to become committed to HaShem's new will for their lives. Unfortunately, the Children of Yisrael did not reevaluate HaShem's will for their lives. As a result they were not committed to HaShem's new will for their generation. This lack of commitment to HaShem's new plan led the Children of Yisrael to act presumptuously. Devarim 1:41-45 states "you answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight, according to all that the LORD our God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready to go up into the hill. And the LORD said unto me, Say unto them, Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies. So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and went presumptuously up into the hill. And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and destroyed you in Seir, even unto Hormah. And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you." Yisrael's failure to be committed to HaShem's will at every stage in their relationship caused them to miss their first chance to Enter the Promised Land, and their subsequent defeat by the Amorites.
Despite the Children of Yisrael's lack of commitment, HaShem remained faithful. However, it would take 40 years longer for the Children of Yisrael to enter the land that HaShem promised to Avraham's descendants. During the 40 Years in the wilderness the new generation was taught the importance of commitment. Therefore, the generation who entered the Promised land were prepared and committed to accomplish HaShem's will. As a result, the new generation was much more useful in fulfilling the promises HaShem made to Avraham. Total commitment to fulfilling HaShem's will, is critical for believers today. When we are not committed to fulfill HaShem's will we miss opportunities that glorify HaShem.
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