Living Torah Commentary
September 26, 2020
Isaiah 55:6-56:8, 2 Samuel 22:1-51
2 Kings 22-23
Yom Kippur and the Song of Moshe
It has been a long sermon for Pastor Moshe. So far, thirty one chapters of a message that in the end would be called the Book of Deuteronomy have come forth during this sermon. He has given the people a summation of the Torah and repeatedly told them the choice they have, to follow it or not. The blessings and curses, the life or death will result from their choices.
But how should a message like this end? How about with a song? It would not be just any song, but rather a song Moshe would compose, right there on the spot. It was much more than just a song, much more than lyrics attached to a melody. The song would have the purpose of once again telling them and generations to come, the choice they have regarding following Torah, and the blessings and curses which would come from their decisions!
In this Song of Moshe, a song which is sung by those in the Book of Revelation, the summation is not of the Torah, but rather of the fall and redemption of mankind. We see the love of a Dad to his children and the judgment of a Father when they get out of line. We see the protection and nurturing on one hand and the deserved judgment on the other. It is a song of the highs of obedience and the lows of correction. It is a song which brings the assurance of victory in the end and confidence of eternal reward for those who remain faithful. No wonder it is a song sung during the time of Revelation!
After the last note of the song rings out, reality sinks in. Moshe is reminded of the walk he must soon take. It is a walk he will make alone, the last walk that he will ever take in his lifetime.
I cannot imagine the emotions Moshe must have felt during this time. He had failed to "demonstrate My holiness" to the people. Striking the rock had, and would, cost him dearly.
With this very sobering image in our minds, let's consider a question for ourselves. How are we doing at "demonstrating His holiness" to the world around us? How are we doing in this task with our spouse, our family, our co-workers or just any person we come in contact with on a daily basis? After the closing song is sung, what image of The Father is being seen in our lives on a daily basis?
At this point I could continue about what it means to demonstrate His holiness, or how Moshe was apparently judged more harshly because of his failure, or any number of other avenues available, but I won't. I simply end this rather brief but direct Torah commentary with a short and direct question for each of us to answer privately to ourselves and also to Yah, “How am I doing at 'demonstrating His holiness?'”
On a final note, it is interesting that this Torah portion sets the stage for Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Yom Kippur is about preparing ourselves to stand before The King in a day yet to come. Could it be we are being tested at Sukkot to “Live out” our preparation to stand before Him by first standing before others and demonstrating His holiness?
Why a weekly reading schedule?
On a weekly basis we hear the term unity in our churches and congregations. It is a subject spoken of, but is it truly lived out?
Going back to the time before Yeshua walked this earth, the Hebrews established a weekly Torah portion reading. Today this schedule goes from Genesis to Deuteronomy in one year. No matter where you travel in the world the same scriptures are being read and taught from. We understand the spiritual power of unity, which is why we join our faith with synagogues, congregations and churches that are choosing to follow this schedule. Our weekly readings include a reading from the prophets as well as the Renewed Covenant, (New Testament). Each week as you read, imagine that the same scriptures are being declared in most every country and time zone around the world.