Torah Pearls #53 – Ha’azinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52)

Original Torah Pearls - Ha'azinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52)In this episode of The Original Torah Pearls, Ha’azinu (Deuteronomy 32), the song of Moses provides a lyrical backdrop for discussing the beauty and message of Moses’ last words to the people. Nehemia Gordon explains poetic structure and rhythm as well as how poetic names are formed in Hebrew. The trio explores the repeated references to the “rock” in this song and clarifies who “they” refers to—Israel or the nations. Johnson expounds on the beauty inherit in the Tanach for Christians—with no retrofits needed—while Gordon highlights the passage equating “calling out the name of Yehovah” with “giving greatness” to the Name. The trio concludes with all the conviction of Moses—that there simply are not any other gods out there.

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13 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #53 – Ha’azinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52)

  1. All I hope is that when torath YHWH goes forth from zion, enough will be left in Jerusalem to get the rabbinic and atheistic israelis straightened out. But I guess I shouldn’t worry; isn’t that the karaites job to deal with?

  2. God sees your heart. You can not hide. To believe is to do. God hates proud hypocrites. He exalts the meek. Only you can humble yourself. Only you can surrender. His will is better than yours.

  3. Deuteronomy 32:15-21 – prophetic message about Israel (generally, as a people/nation) from which YHVH would hide “His Face” from them. The question becomes, who is YHVH’s Face? I submit His paniym (Face) is the Annointed One, the “unseeable” Father YHVH who became humbled, earthly flesh as Son (carrying on His House), and whom the nation of Israel would become jealous by those “who are not a people/nation” (goy in general, from all nations). This is how Moses was able to speak with Him face to face (Exodus 33:11, Deut. 5:4) despite no one is able to see YHVH in His full glory (Exodus 33:20-23).

    • See also Romans 11:11b re: “But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.” Context is Romans 7-11.

      • On an important side note, verse about the “Rock” vs rock, this includes the Romans who worship through a dead saint, that is Peter, instead of YHVH, The Rock!

    • Who is Yehovah’s face? God is spirit and spirit cannot become flesh neither can it have a face or be anointed. If we read the scriptures plainly they say “…the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and Yehovah would speak with Moses…all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent…thus(meaning, in this way) Yehovah used to speak to Moses face to face…” Exodus 33:9-11

  4. I appreciate so much your discussion on the ‘Rock’ being Yehovah. The Elephant in the room of Matthew 1613-19 is the ‘Rock’ – Petra that Messiah builds on, not Peter the pebble/petros which Rome claims to have co-opted. Many evangelicals claim that Jesus says he will build on himself, or that he -Jesus is that ‘Rock’ which is in error. Messiah is a corner stone, tried and trued by his Father Yehovah. Job 38:4-6 and Hebrews 3:4-6.

  5. Would love to be a part of a Jewish/Christian congregation that studied common ground in The Word and The Name. Agree with Believer, ignore the negative responses. Everyone is at a different place in their journey. It may not gel right away. It may never gel for some and with others you might plant a seed that grows and helps them grow in their Faith later on. I remember the first class I had that went outside my denominational traditions to look at God in all 66 books of the Bible. What I heard intrigued me… But I wasn’t sure I agreed right away. It took a while to “un- indoctrinate” my mind so that I was able to register what the study of The Word revealed about God, independent of my Denominational doctrines. And I am still a baby, and learning much. That first class was an answer to prayer in my search for better understanding of history and context. And Finding this open study of The Word was an answer to my prayer to better understand Jewish roots. With The little I knew about Jewish beliefs and traditions, I was uncertain I could gain anything by searching for what I thought would be Rabbi interpreted teachings. I really had no idea where to start. I didn’t know anything about Karaites! It was amazing to find the open door series out of all the possible sources I could have stumbled across. Since then, I can’t tell you the number of times I have listened to these recordings and the timing of subjects discussed seemed like God was answering me personally and encouraging me specifically through your studies. Which seems even more amazing since they were all pre-recorded! You all are a Blessing and God is working through you all! I hope you would consider to continue the studies to include “the writings” and more of the New Testament…

  6. I also find it frustrating after listening…everyone claims to have The Truth, and when we pick up that book we do, but then it gets translated into our religious beliefs. I use to be one of those random “believers” claiming The Truth in one of the 33 thousand paths of limited understanding. I grew up Catholic, then I got “saved” became a non-denominational “believers” but much like Nehemiah, I kept butting heads with tradition that went against the Word and The Words of God. Now I am undefined, I just believe. I agree, whether you believe the Word that became flesh or the Word on the page, believe it and live by it, that is being Emanu-joined to Yah, Yah with us, Faithful… No one but YHVH has absolutely Truth. ..and that makes the verses comforting. Justified by FAITH, Not knowledge…

    Keep the Faith! Ignore the haters. I’m glad you all are proclaiming The Word and The Name together from your various background. Worship in Spirit and truth…but we are all trying to get to the Truth part of that….

    If you are ever in DFW, come to our Bible Study on Wednesday morning. I really would like to study with y’all (Texan), my fam and I. We would be honored!!!!

  7. Ha’azinu – the next to last Torah Pearl – has to be one of the most important of all for the info it contains. I have to go back again and take careful notes. Thank you all once again.

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