August 24, 2019 – Ekev (on the heel of, because) – Parshat 46
- Torah: Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25
- Haftara: Isaiah 49:14 – 51:3 ( Vatomer Tziyon )
- Brit Chadasha: Matthew 16:13-20
וְהָיָ֣ה ׀ עֵ֣קֶב תִּשְׁמְע֗וּן אֵ֤ת הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים֙ הָאֵ֔לֶּה וּשְׁמַרְתֶּ֥ם וַעֲשִׂיתֶ֖ם אֹתָ֑ם וְשָׁמַר֩ יְהוָ֨ה אֱלֹהֶ֜יךָ לְךָ֗ אֶֽת־הַבְּרִית֙ וְאֶת־הַחֶ֔סֶד אֲשֶׁ֥ר נִשְׁבַּ֖ע לַאֲבֹתֶֽיךָ׃
Vehayah ekev tishme’un et hamishpatim ha’eleh ushmartem va’asitem otam veshamar Adonay Eloheycha lecha et-habrit ve’et-hachesed asher nishba la’avoteycha.
And if you do obey these rules and observe them carefully, the LORD your God will maintain faithfully for you the covenant that He made on oath with your fathers:
The days of Messiah: (Devarim) Deuteronomy 7:13 “and he will love you, and bless you, and multiply you; he will also bless the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your livestock and the young of your flock, in the land which he swore to your fathers to give you.” This blessing is connected to the Messianic blessing of the generations spoken of in Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God, he is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with them who love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations,”
Not only Moshe prophesied the abundance of the Messianic age, but also (Yermiyahu) Jeremiah 31:11-12 “For the LORD has ransomed Jacob, and redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he. They shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow to the goodness of the LORD, to the grain, and to the new wine, and to the oil, and to the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. And Yoel HaNavi – Joel 2:18-19 ” Then the LORD was jealous for his land, And had pity on his people. The LORD answered his people, “Behold, I will send you grain, new wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied with them; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations.
This Messianic blessing begins with the fruit of the body, promised in Gan Eden to Chava and to Avraham Avinu and Sari by Adonai thru his seed. “and he will love you, and bless you, and multiply you; he will also bless the fruit of your body”. As Believers in Messiah Yeshua we recognize Him as the promised seed. Galatians 3:16 “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Mashiach.
When Messiah Yeshua was on the way to the festival of Pesach He performed a miracle that would point to these Messianic prophesies and their fulfilment in Him in the age to come. Remember His message was Repent (Shuvah) the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Yochanan John 6:5-14 “Yeshua therefore lifting up his eyes, and seeing that a great multitude was coming to him, said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?” This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that everyone of them may receive a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these among so many?” Yeshua said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in that place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. Yeshua took the loaves; and having given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to those who were sitting down; likewise also of the fish as much as they desired. When they were filled, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the broken pieces which are left over, that nothing be lost.” So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten. When therefore the people saw the sign which Yeshua did, they said, “This is truly the Prophet who comes into the world.”
It was merely a glimpse into the Malchut Shabashamyeem yet to come, and a sign that Yeshua was indeed “truly the Prophet who comes into the world.” In the Midrash Tanchuma the question is asked “When will this be fulfilled?” and the answer “It will be in the days of Messiah”
“How long will the days of Messiah last? Rabbi Eliezer says, “A thousand years, as it says[in Isaiah 63:4], “The day of vengeance was in My heart, and My year of redemption has come.”… After the days of the Messiah comes the World to Come, and the Holy One, blessed be He, will appear in His glory and show His arm, as it says [in Isaiah 52:10], “The LORD has barred his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, that all the ends of the earth may see The Salvation of Our God.” At that time, Israel will behold the Holy One, blessed be He, in His glory, as it says [in Isaiah 52:8], “For they will see with their own eyes When the LORD restores Zion.” (Midrash Tanchuma, Eikev 7)
HaRuach V’Kallah Bo – The spirit and the Bride say Come. We say may it be in our day and in our times Mashiach. May you be abundantly blessed, Ekev, as you observe Mispatim to bless, and thank, the Blessed One, for providing a way for us to dwell with Him in peace forever.
Shalom Mish’pachah from Beth Hallel Lodi