Ki Teitzei

Written by Mordecai Silver. Posted in Journey Through Torah.

Ki Tetse-When You Go Out

Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

Galatians 3:13-14


This week’s portion of Parashah seeks the promotion of a unified society in the promised land where all Israel are not only ordered to interact and care for each other, but also to show concern for such adversaries as the Ammonites, Moabites, Edomite’s, and even Egyptians. The Lord knew the difficulty with this command, and so the Parashah repeats it twice, calling them not enemies but “brothers” – although God still finds a handful of them so objectionable that they are exempt from the Torah’s rule of inclusion. These include Amalek, Israel’s perennial opponent and some of the Moabites who extolled assimilation.

Deuteronomy 21:22-23

22 "And if a man has committed a crime punishable by death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, 23 his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God. You shall not defile your land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance. (ESV)

While this has a practical application, it is also prophetic in nature as we will see when we look at the Apostolic Scripture portion for this week. Many say you can find Messiah in almost everything you read in the Bible, and then there are those who say it is a stretch to find Messiah in everything. I believe we need to look for Messiah in Scripture, and we need to look for the practical application of the literal application of the Torah in our everyday lives. Why? It is because the Torah is what the Lord has given to us as His covenant, and by walking in His covenant, we will find His will for our lives. Is it enough to say God loves us and yet we have no idea what this means? Yes, I am sure there will be those who say Yeshua died for us to offer us redemption from our sins, but do we really understand what this means? We say God loves us, but what does it mean that God loves us? We keep going round and round from point A to point B and back again without any idea of what it means to be in covenant with God.

If God is indeed a covenant-keeping God, and we claim to be a covenant keeping people, then why the heck aren’t we trying to walk in covenant with Him? It is not enough to say you love God and yet do everything you can to not love Him by breaking His covenant.

Exodus 24:7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, "All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient." (ESV)

<01285> berith (136b)
Meaning: a covenant

Brit is te Hebrew word for covenant. It is commonly seen in the context of Brit Milah, or the Covenant of Circumcision, but it means so much more than that because the book of the covenant is referring to the Torah. The Torah is our covenant as given to us by our Creator from the very beginning because in its essence our covenant is found in Messiah Yeshua, and what greater act of love can be found than in what He did for us at the request of His Father? This is true love in that He laid down His life so that we could have the opportunity to be redeemed if that is what we desire.

Mark 14:24 And He said to them, "This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. (NAU)

<1242> diatheke
Meaning: testament, will, covenant

Messiah gives new meaning to something that was done for generations with its first mention in the story of Melchizedek. Notice how the Greek word changes the meaning of the word from simply covenant to a testament or will. Remember a will is something that does not take effect until someone dies. It is a written testament of the intentions of the author, in this case Yeshua. Blood is also something lasting because of the fact that in its shedding, life is ending and yet while man may die, Yeshua died and was brought back to life by His Father because He was in covenant with His Father as His Father was with Him. When we understand the importance of covenant, perhaps we will stop trying to re-interpret it and accept the covenant God gave to us in the Torah. While the Torah is a compendium of teachings and instructions from God embodied in His Son Yeshua, there is more to the Torah. It is a body of commandments, statutes, precepts, judgments and instructions. It is our moral compass, my friends, and when we veer away from it, we start going off course as evidenced by the things we are seeing happening all around us. We need to learn to stay the course and stop looking for the green grass over the next mountain. This was Israel’s problem. They wanted out of slavery in Egypt, cried out to the Lord, and He brought them out of slavery in Egypt. He told them He would bring them to the Promised Land if they kept faith and covenant with Him. That did not last long as Israel began to look for the green grass over the next mountain, and then the next one, and the next one. The problem was they could never find what it was they were looking for because they really did not know what it was they wanted.

Instead of seeing what was right there in front of them, they kept looking around for the next best thing, and instead of listening to their leaders, they listened to everyone but them. They had the promise of covenant with God, and they threw it away because they lacked the faith to see it through to the end. Today we are once again in that same situation where we are relying on ourselves and everyone else except for God and His Son Yeshua. We are under the impression we can save ourselves, when we cannot save anyone least of all ourselves.

Galatians 3:13-14

13 The Messiah redeemed us from the curse pronounced in the Torah by becoming cursed on our behalf; for the Tanakh says, "Everyone who hangs from a stake comes under a curse." 14 Yeshua the Messiah did this so that in union with him the Gentiles might receive the blessing announced to Abraham, so that through trusting and being faithful, we might receive what was promised, namely, the Spirit. (CJB)

Yeshua became the curse for us because we did not have the power to save ourselves. Why? It is because we are only human, and in our humanity, we have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. That is the way it has been from the beginning when Adam and Chavah disobeyed God and fell from grace. This is the reality of who we are, where we are, and have been for a very long time. It’s a stark lesson for each one of us and one we need to take to heart if we are to ever have the possibility to find redemption and a way out of what faces this world. This is not a message about doom and gloom but one about hope, the hope that can only be found through a relationship with Yeshua who intercedes on our behalf with the Father. If we belong to Him, He helps us, but if we deny Him, He will deny us. Some may say this isn’t love because God should love us all of the time. In fact, this is true love because He wants us to change our ways, come back to Him, and learn to walk in covenant with Him. If we cannot walk in covenant with Him, how the heck can we even think about expecting Him to do anything for us? Look at all He did for Israel in bringing them out of Egypt and all He did during their time in the wilderness. He gave them repeated opportunities, and they continuously failed at every turn. Yet, He tried again and again until finally He said enough is enough and sentenced 98% of that generation to die in the wilderness of Sinai, never able to enter into the Promised Land and that included Moses. In the end, Moses did make it into the land when he and Elijah met with Messiah Yeshua to discuss what was going to happen with Yeshua’s approaching death.

Boy, you want talk about one high-level meeting. That one was greater than anything men think they are doing. We have lost our way, people, and it is all according to God’s plan, not Satan’s. I know that many believe that everything taking place is the work of Satan, but if you understand your Bible, you should know that the Adversary does nothing in His own power. Even he needs God’s permission for what he does, so please come before the Lord God Almighty, thank Him for all He does for you, cover yourself in the armor of the Lord, and go to war. When you do this, understand there will be many battles along the way, and you will win some and lose some, but remember in the end who will win. If you don’t know the answer to this question, then you have some real deep soul-searching to do. Everything works in covenant, and as part of this covenant, there are requirements that have to be met. It is not just about loving God and Yeshua; it is just as much as obeying what it is God has been teaching us from the beginning. Everything there is was not created for us despite what we might believe. Everything there is was created by the Father for His Son. Even we were created for Him so we could have fellowship with Him and become the people of God He desires us to be.

Hebrews 13:20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Yeshua, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Yeshua the Messiah, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)

As with the covenant of circumcision, blood had to be spilled to put the covenant into effect. In these other covenants, we catch a glimpse of the final covenant that will be brought to fruition in Messiah because it has been written down for us in the Book of the Covenant – the Torah! Everything comes back to Torah, people. There is no way to get around it. If you claim to believe in Yeshua and you accept Him as your Redeemer, then you have to take on His covenant. It is that simple, and yet it is so hard for so many to do. Remember that we are not saved by the keeping of the Torah; it is through the Torah we find Yeshua, and through Yeshua we find redemption. Redemption is not the end of the walk but the beginning because now we begin the hard work. Now, we begin the walk that will keep us on track and make us work for the gift we have been given. Yes, I did say work because did you really think all you had to do was “name it and claim it?” I realize this term means different things to different people, but for me it means one who claims they have accepted Yeshua as Messiah but they continue to do as they please because God loves them just the way they are, and they really don’t have to change anything they do because no matter what they do, they cannot lose their salvation. I would beg to differ with you about that one. We are told by Messiah that not everyone who claims to be doing things in His name will be saved.

Matthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.' (ESV)

458 anomia {an-om-ee'-ah}
Meaning: the condition of without law, because ignorant of it, because of violating it, contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness

Anomia is the opposite of nomos. Nomos is the Greek word used to denote Torah, while anomia is the Greek word for being without Torah. If you transgress Torah, then you are not in covenant, and Messiah’s sacrifice will do nothing for you. If you enter into covenant with Messiah, you are expected to walk together with Him in Torah out of faith and love for Him as He has loved you.

Blessings in Messiah Yeshua,

Mordecai Silver

Torah Man says: “The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.”

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