This week’s Bible Study is called “When you go in”, or in Hebrew- Ki Tavo | כִּי-תָבוֹא. Listen to the audio or click to read it in your favorite translation.
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Bible Study Outline:
Listen to all the Bible study below or click the link to read them at biblegateway.com in your favorite translation:
- Penteteuch: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
- Prophets: 1 Kings 11
- Prophets: Isaiah 60:1-22
- Gospels: Luke 24
- Letters: Ephesians 2
- Letters: Colossians 2
- Revelation: Revelation 7
Penteteuch/ Torah Outline
- Deuteronomy 26:1 | First Fruits and Tithes
- Deuteronomy 26:16 | Concluding Exhortation
- Deuteronomy 27:1 | The Inscribed Stones and Altar on Mount Ebal
- Deuteronomy 27:11 | Twelve Curses
- Deuteronomy 28:1 | Blessings for Obedience
- Deuteronomy 28:15 | Warnings against Disobedience
- Deuteronomy 29:2 | The Covenant Renewed in Moab
- 1 Kings 11 | Prophecy of Israel and Judah’s Division
- Isaiah 60:1 | The Ingathering of the Dispersed of Israel
- Isaiah 60:19 | God the Glory of Zion
- Luke 24 | Jesus/ Y’shua Rises on the Sabbath (Saturday)
- Ephesians 2 | From Children of Disobedience into the Commonwealth of Israel
- (Greek Audio) (Interlinear)
- Colossians 2 | Beware of Traditions and Doctrines of Men
- (Greek Audio) (Interlinear)
- Revelation 7 | Sealing the Commonwealth of Israel in the Last Days
- (Greek Audio) (Interlinear)
This week’s Bible study beginning in Deuteronomy 26 is the fiftieth reading from the “Bible in a year” with the words, “Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance” (26:1). In Hebrew, the words for “when you enter” are כי תבוא (ki tavo). This study begins with laws regarding first fruits and tithes. It goes on to discuss covenant renewal, after which Moses recites the blessings guaranteed to Israel for covenant obedience and warns of the curses for apostasy.
Just as He promised to scatter them, He has also promised to re-gather them in the last days. Although Israel failed as a nation to perform the stipulations of the covenant, the other partner of the agreement—God—remains faithful to His promises. In the end, He will reverse all of Israel’s sorrows on account of His faithfulness, mercy and grace.
All through the book of Deuteronomy, Moses drives home the message: “Keep God’s Torah.” When Israel failed to keep the Torah, God sent prophets warning them to repent and turn back to Torah. When they repented, they were rewarded and blessed. When they did not, they suffered the maledictions threatened in the Torah. God continuously told His people for 1,400 years to walk in His commandments, keep His Torah and His covenant.
Does it make sense to imagine that after 1,400 years, God suddenly changed His mind? Would it make sense to suppose that after all the pain and suffering of invasion, exile, re-gathering and so on, God would suddenly change the program and announce to His people, “From now on, don’t keep the commandments of the Torah,” and then punish them when they did?
That could be compared to a father who warned his son not to play ball in the house. Every time the boy played ball in the house, his father would spank him and send him to his room. This went on for three years. Then one day, his father seized him and spanked him. The boy cried out, “Why are you spanking me?” “Because you weren’t playing ball in the house,” the father explained. “From now on, you must play ball in the house, and if you do not, I will spank you.”
We would call a father like that capricious and deranged. Yet many theologians claim that this is what God has done to Israel and “the church”. For 1,400 years He punished them when they did not keep the Instructions. Then when Jesus/ Y’shua came, He canceled the Instructions and henceforth punishes them for keeping them.
Obviously God is not a capricious father. Rather He is the Unchanging One, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He has not canceled the words of His Instruction. Even today, He longs for His people—all of His people—to repent, turn away from sin (1 John 3:4) and come back to the good and beautiful commandments of His Instructions, just as His holy Son, Jesus/ Y’shua, has shown us. In Jesus His people will find forgiveness for sins, and through His Spirit we find the strength and joy to serve God with gladness.
We read in Ephesians how our identity is no longer children of disobedience; our new identity is that we belong to the commonwealth of Israel, grafted in through the same circumcision of the heart that was preached to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The same circumcision preached TO and BY Moses:
Deu 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.
We read the prophecy of the division of the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah in 1 Kings 11 (See Jeremiah 31:31 , Acts 1:6 and Hebrews 8:8) and we read about the final in-gathering of them both in Isaiah 60.
In Colossians, we read that we are not to let others judge us in how we observe the Sabbaths, Feasts of the LORD or when we say the month begins (new moons). Nor are we to follow doctrines of men that are not found in Scripture, even though we are warned that many of the elect will be deceived in the last days (see also Mt 10:6 and 15:24 ).
Finally, we see in Revelation [the commonwealth of] Israel being regathered, described as the 144 thousand of the 12 tribes of Israel, which is sealed for their endurance (“patience” is a terrible translation for the original Greek word: ὑπομονή). In Revelation 14:12 we read a description of their endurance:
Re 14:2 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
In the Hebrew Scriptures there are hidden aleph-tav’s [את] that aren’t usually translated into English. But they are very enlightening when we read them.
Deut 26:7 is clear that it was both יהוה and את (Yah-head) who heard the voice of the את affliction of the covenant Israelites in bondage in Egypt.
Deut 26:17 Is a beautiful proclamation by Moses speaking for the children of Israel who have declared that, את יהוה you have declared this day to be your Elohim!
In Deut 27:26 is the conclusion, which states; Cursed is he who does not confirm all את words of this Torah by doing them.
Deut 28:58-59 is a warning that states; if you do not observe and do את Torah and fear את Name, the glorious and fearful את יהוה your Elohim, then will make wonderful יהוה את your plagues and the plagues of your descendants…
In Deut 28:61, every sickness and every plague, which is not written in the book of this Torah…implying both יהוה and את (Yah-head) will bring these plagues and we have seen the continuing fulfillment of this curse in our day with new sicknesses and diseases that have never existed which were not listed in the Pentateuch/ Torah.
It’s sometimes hard to make the Old Testament fun for kids. Try these Children’s activities:
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