Blessings vs Curses: The Choice is Ours
Total reading: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
1st Aliyah: Deuteronomy 11:26-12:10
This week’s torah portion is entitled Re’eh, which means “See”. The first verse in the first aliyah begins with “Behold” or “See, I set before you today a blessing and a curse.”
What a profound thought. That our Elohim has the power to present both a blessing in one hand and a curse in the other and tell us to choose.
It never ceases to amaze me, even after all of these years, those who seem to choose the curse over and over again. I, however, am determined to find the blessing wherever it may be found both for me and my family’s sake. For, as I have declared before, As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, YHVH; as for me and my house, we will chose HIS blessingS!
Deuteronomy chapter 12 is interesting to me in this season, in this ministry. I am currently looking for a place that I can set up my road gear, so that I can rehearse. It doesn’t need to be real big, just big enough to properly hear what I’m trying to accomplish.
In the search for a small studio space, we were presented with some larger places that would seem to be suitable to house a small congregation, such as ours here in Texas. Although, we are not searching for a place, one particular place seemed to be a good fit, but the facilities were in shambles.
As I read this Torah portion I was confronted with the 2nd verse of chapter 12, which says, you shall utterly destroy the places in which the nations worshiped their gods. I thought to myself, that if we found another place to house our little congregation, we would need to go in and literally renovate the place by destroying what was left behind. It would take work, blood, sweat and maybe some tears as we “cleaned” the place.
It is the same with our temple. When we come to serve YHVH, we must utterly destroy all the idols and worship places that we erected within our spirit-man. Within our mind, will and emotions.
In this way, we will “clean” our place of worship. Our desire is to be pleasing to our Elohim, but just as the title of this Torah portion says, we must “See” first, the condition of our very soul and endeavor to make it holy; meet for the Master’s use.
In your studies, this week, take some time to go back and Re’eh (see), what might be left standing in your temple. It is always a good practice to clean up every now and then. This would be pleasing to our Elohim and will be a comfort to His precious Holy Spirit. HalleluYah! In this way you are choosing to receive His blessings. Amen?