Devarim: Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22
1st Aliyah: Deuteronomy 1:-11
On the 1st day of the 11th month of the 40th year, Moses spoke to the children of Israel. He starts with a word of rebuke. He did not mention the people's specific sins, for they would remember, but he did mention the places where they had angered, YHVH.
The text mentions that the journey from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea was only 11 days, but because of their sin, their arrival to the land of Canaan was delayed 40 years.
Still out of YHVH's grace and mercy, he provided for them all those 40 years. No one starved. It is not recorded that any died in the desert of dehydration and the scriptures state that their clothes did not wear out. Abba sustained them through the desert years, despite the many times they disappointed Him.
After the rebuke, YHVH, released the children to leave the mountain of the Amorites; the very place where they had made the Mishkan, the menorah and received the Torah.
Finally, they were released to enter into the Promised Land. His last communication to the children of Israel was the command, by YHVH to go into and POSSESS the land which was promised to their forefathers.
We have been given that same command. We, as the people of the One True Yah, are also commanded to go out and possess the land, but perhaps in a slightly different way. Instead of expunging, conquering or dispossessing the people occupying the land, we are to obey Yeshua/Jesus's last command which was given to us in Matthew 28:18. Yeshua/Jesus commanded that we go share the good news. That we go forth and make disciples of all the nations, and baptize them.
Although, many people don't travel, at least anymore, you and I do have homes. Homes where we can invite others in, perhaps to hear some good news. Amen?
As David said recently, "If Peter lived in the last days, then we must be living in the last moments." We must then make haste and go about the King's business, Amen?
We hope to see you next Shabbat, at The Lord's Table, either in person or online. Until then, may our Lord bless you and keep you!
Love and Blessings!
David and Denise Salinas