In picking up where we left off with the importance of the Shemah in Deuteronomy 6, we also find what lies between the lines of Deuteronomy 4-5 by excavating Deuteronomy 18. In doing so, we begin to uncover the identity of Jesus as the Prophet like Moses. This session mainly handles the context of the details so as to frame where we are headed––the Gospel’s through new eyes. How did Jesus view Himself? What did He believe He was accomplishing? How intentional are His words, that are the very words of life? As we uncover these questions the answers are truly astounding. Prepare to see Jesus as He might have seen Himself.
The Shemah from Deuteronomy 6 is such an extensive subject that my understanding of it needs to grow. Therefore, it is not adequately handled in this post. However, what we do in this session is read through Deuteronomy 6-8 and seek to understand how YHWH values His words and hopes that others would equally value them. In turn, we see the formula for not valuing His words, and the consequences therein. This is inextricably tied to Jesus life and words in the Gospels as we continue to behold the gospels as a nearly synonymous narrative to the Torah.
(Post 29, Session 39 has unfortunately been lost in a computer problem. In light of Christmas, we took some time to discuss the different announcements in the gospels regarding Jesus. I’m leaving the space for this session should it be recovered in the future.)
Session 40 is a parenthesis within our class which focuses on the question of repentance and its nature. We talk of orbiting the “fear of the Lord” and why this central to repentance in light of the Day of the Lord. We also look again at Psalm 119 and how critical it can be in centralizing prayer around the Torah.
Session 41 returns to our study continuing through Deuteronomy 4-5. We discuss the three tiered promise of YHWH to Israel to not fail them, destroy them, nor forget the covenant which He has swore to them. We examine Moses magnum opus in Deuteronomy 4 and discuss the contents of chapter 5 in detail finally completing chapter 5.
Continuing through our journey of Deuteronomy chapter 4 we hone in this session regarding verse 26- “I call heaven and earth to witness against you.” The rabbit hole of this passage might be much deeper than ever anticipated, but the approach is well justified in Scripture. The context of this passage must first be uncovered in the Torah to see the purpose of the heavenly luminaries as a witness which in turn gives a lot of context to end-time events yet unseen.
The notes that we use for this session are attached here: The Witness of the Heavens and the Earth DTN Notes
Note* We have upgraded our recording capabilities so that everyone participating in the class can be heard and the volume should be louder as it is undergoing a post recording process.
Session 36. Wow. This was extremely fun to do together and it all happens live for shock value.
As we’ve been mining Deuteronomy 4-6 a major question I’ve had for several years suddenly made perfect sense. Is the Sermon on the Mount speaking about Israel’s election and calling based on Deuteronomy 4? Let’s find out together. If so, this changes everything.
Session 26 is a kind of processing session in which we discuss “gentile footnotes,” the election of Israel, the glory of YHWH and how the summing up of all things in Christ is still the point of our faith. We do finally get to Deuteronomy 4, but will be there again next week. Good times.
This sessions begins with some Q&A around Hebrews 12 which is a perfect platform for approaching New Testament passages we might’ve previously thought to be presenting a view of realized eschatology. If we start with Torah, and know what is not being said by the writer of Hebrews, the reading is clean and simple.
The Q&A time springboards us into Deuteronomy 4 to show the beauty of Mt. Sinai is something we have long forgotten. YHWH’s character and identity come into zoomed focus and we behold there Jesus, and His heart for His people.
This is session 34 which mines the question of “Are we living in the last days?” We take a simple approach to what discipleship should be if YHWH’s story is continuing towards its climax and how we can become partakers in it. There might be a rabbit trail in here or two as well…
Session 33 continues our pathway through the Covenant pillar on our diagram addressing the biblical definition of the New Covenant. We journey through hard questions, and pervasive theory surrounding the kingdom and the new covenant, and attempt to dissemble the bad things we’ve been told to believe since the evidence of what we have been told is vacant.
After answering these questions, we project forward to the fullness of the New Covenant and what the details of the Day of the Lord and the Return of Jesus could look like when fulfillment takes its course of action.
Session 32 begins with an audio of a Q&A time based on our discussion from last week regarding the time of the restoration of Israel, the lineage of Shem, Ham and Japeth, and the role of gentiles in the Biblical narrative.
Our second audio session works through the Covenantal Framework of the Scriptures and seeks to comprehend how the God of Israel is essentially just fulfilling what He said He would in real time and space over a period of thousands of years. This framework of covenants are simply the words YHWH spoke to His people Israel which will terminate in the restoration of the kingdom to Israel–the very kingdom the believing gentiles will be gathered into on this very earth.