The torah portion, Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22, was mostly a retelling of previous “words”, however in the drash delivered by Rabbi Jonathan, we dove deep into the rephaim (giants). We know the nephalim came from the daughters of men (Genesis 6:4-5), but after the flood, only their decedents (the repahim) remained, and they sure sought to defeat the Children of Israel. But no matter what giants we face, whether spiritual, physical, financial, or emotional, nothing can prevail over us whilst The Lord God Himself (Deuteronomy 3:22), fights with us! And to further assist in overcoming those giants, specifically of the health related variety, we had two special guests share a few words with us. The audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/private/25-july-2015-tn7/… now go defeat some giants, take charge of your health, and join us next Shabbat!
So because this was not a leap year, Duane covered Matot (Tribes) and Masei (Journeys Of), Deuteronomy 30:2 – 36:13. It was a great summary… no self-help book compares to the bible, we need to be in the congregation of the righteous, and we should want God (YHVH), to be the Commander of our lives. And do not get us started on that city of refuge reference, as that will positively be scheduled for main message soon! After the parsha, Pastor Jonathan covered how we can be more genuine, and service minded. Romans 12:9-21 spoke on things that demonstrate real love for one another, and Deuteronomy 12:5-14 mentioned many ways to give, showing us it is about more than just a ten percent tithe. The slides are online, and the audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/private/18-jul-2015-h2n/. See you next week for monthly oneg… prayerfully with a guest, and a biblically kosher dish to pass.