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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Your Daily Pesuk Sept. 4, 2018

 Nitzavim /  נצבים

  • Tue, 4 September 2018 = 24th of Elul, 5778
  • כ״ד בֶּאֱלוּל תשע״ח


One pesuk that really stands out today is:

18 “Now when someone hears the words of this oath and in his heart considers himself blessed, thinking, ‘Shalom will be mine, even though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart’—thus sweeping away the moist with the dry— 19 Adonai will be unwilling to forgive him.

There are many different translations to "moist and dry", some say the "Dry and Watered"  What does "moist with the dry", mean?

Parasha Nitzavim falls on the last Shabbat just before Rosh Hashanah.  During this season when we are all preparing for the holiday and the period of time known at the 10 days of Awe, where traditionally Jews focus on their spiritual life more than any other time…

We come across these words in the pages of our Torah portion that describes this foolish attitude described as someone who lies to himself that he is going to be alright, refuse to repent and keep living stubbornly doing whatever he wants and expect to get blessed in the end.  There are virtually two types of dispositions a person can have towards God.  Either he is like this fool who lies to himself and is stubborn, refuses to repent or turn and acknowledge God’s Sovereignty…which is “The Dry”.  Or a person can choose to have a soft heart, repent of his sin, acknowledge the Lord and be forgiven…which is “The Watered”.  The point of this passage of Torah and the point of this message is to remind you that the Dry will not be added to the Watered.

Delitzsch translates it this way: "“ To sweep away that which is saturated with the thirsty: ” a proverbial expression, of which very different interpretations have been given (see Rosenmüller ad h. l. ), taken no doubt from the land and transferred to persons or souls; so that we might supply Nephesh in this sense, “to destroy all, both those who have drunk its poison, and those also who are still thirsting for it” ( Knobel ). But even if we were to supply ארץ (the land), we should not have to think of the land itself, but simply of its inhabitants, so that the thought would still remain the same.

The "Moist & Dry" are like the "Sheep & Goats"...

Matthew 25:31-46 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
31 “Now when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them from one another, just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  33 And He will put the sheep on His right, but the goats on His left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’[b]

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You? Or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger and invite You in? Or naked and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

40 “And answering, the King will say to them, ‘Amen, I tell you, whatever you did to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’  41 Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Go away from Me, you cursed ones, into the everlasting fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in; naked and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

44 “Then they too will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not care for You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Amen, I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’ 46 These shall go off to everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.”

Rosh Hashanah symbolizes the Great Shofar when the Messiah comes, and when He comes, this is what will happen as Yeshua describes it...

A separation will occur, between the dry and the watered, the sheep and goats.  
What separates the sheep from the goats? (what they did) (actions they took, not just the creeds they recited)…
Those who do what God wants – off to eternal life.

We have a choice to make today.  

Let's not lie to ourselves that we can go on sinning and everything will remain as it is today.

Let's not think we can go on living and doing the things we always want to do.

Let’s make 5779 the year we make a commitment to Messiah Yeshua

Let Yeshua into your house and KNOW HIM today.

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