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Parashah 48 Shoftim

August 18, 2018 – Shoftim (“Judges”) – Parshat 48

  • Torah: Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9
  • Haftara: Isaiah 51:12 – 52:12
  • Brit Chadasha: John 14:9-20

שֹׁפְטִ֣ים וְשֹֽׁטְרִ֗ים תִּֽתֶּן־לְךָ֙ בְּכָל־שְׁעָרֶ֔יךָ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יְהוָ֧ה אֱלֹהֶ֛יךָ נֹתֵ֥ן לְךָ֖ לִשְׁבָטֶ֑יךָ וְשָׁפְט֥וּ אֶת־הָעָ֖ם מִשְׁפַּט־צֶֽדֶק׃

Shoftim veshotrim titen-lecha bechol-she’areycha asher Adonay Eloheycha noten lecha lishvateycha veshafetu et-ha’am mishpat tsedek.

Appoint yourselves judges and police for your tribes in all your settlements that God your Lord is giving you, and make sure that they administer honest judgment for the people.

The terms of peace: “When you draw near to a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace to it. It shall be, if it makes you answer of peace, and opens to you, then it shall be, that all the people who are found therein shall become tributary to you, and shall serve you. If it will make no peace with you, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege it: (Devarim) Deuteronomy 20:10-12

Midrash Tanchuma overlays the Mitzvot of war in Deuteronomy 20:10-12 above with King Messiah making war with the nations when He comes to gather His elect, and set up His millennial kingdom.

“You shall offer it terms of peace.” This refers to King Messiah. He will offer them peace, as it is written [in Zechariah 19:10], “He will speak peace to the nations, and His dominion will be from sea to sea.” “if it agrees to make peace with you.” This means that they will submit themselves, as it says [in Isaiah 2:4], “they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war.”

“Then all the people who are found in it shall become your forced labor and shall serve you.” This means that they will bring the Messiah gifts, as it is stated [in Psalm 68:31(32)], “Envoys will come out of Egypt.” They hurry to bring their gifts. “Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.” They will run and come to you with their tribute.

“However, if it does not make peace with you.” When this happens, an evil spirit will enter them and they will rebel against King Messiah. He will kill them at once, as it says [in Isaiah 11:4], “He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.” There will not be a remnant except Israel, as it says [in Deuteronomy 32:12], “The LORD alone guided him, And there was no foreign god with him.” (Midrash Tanchuma, Shoftim 19)

“The vision of Messiah at war can be applied on a personal level to every individual. Our Master Yeshua is the commander of the LORD’s army. We are like the cities under siege. Yeshua leads the siege against us. If we agree to surrender, we submit to His peace and become His servants – the slaves of righteousness. (Romans 6:19) If we refuse to surrender, we face the final judgement.” (First Fruits of Zion, Shadows of the Messiah, Book 5 – pg. 1011- Shoftim)

We surrender and have become your servants Yeshua. We have moved from the curse into the blessings, and from death into life abundant. We rejoice in the midst of the multitudes and sing praises to the Melech HaOlam.

May you be abundantly blessed, as you make Teshuvah in this month of Elul (beginning  last night at sundown locally), looking forward to Yom Teruah, and the Fall feasts. (see Festivals and Events for more details)

HaRuach V’Kallah Bo – The spirit and the Bride say Come. We say may it be in our day and in our times Mashiach.
Shalom Mish’pachah from Beth Hallel Lodi