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K'maaseh Eretz /
The Practice in the Land
SCRIPTURES (should be read first)
We are leaving the subject of
Tabernacle / Temple regulations. This is the first chapter of Torah that deals
with forbidden sexual relationships.
The beginning of this chapter is
similar to the giving of the Ten Commandments. Moses, emanating the glow from
being with God, speaks in the Name of God, saying, “I am Yahweh your God. . .
You are to perform My (mishpatim) judgments and keep My (huqqot) statutes, to
live in accord with them”.
This is a prophetic picture of the
manner of “that prophet” to follow who must be heard – Yeshua, who came in the
Name of Yahweh.
“18 I will raise up a
prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his
mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 It shall
come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My
name, I Myself will require it of him.” – Deuteronomy 18:18-19.
Egypt, from where Israel was leaving,
and Cannan, where they were going, were among the most decadent places in the
world. God promised the land of Canaan to Israel, and would destroy the current
inhabitants because of their sin. Israel was forbidden to follow either the
practices of the Egyptians or the current Canaanites. God was commanding the
establishment of a Holy People in a Holy Land. It was even forbidden (v.3) to
make oneself look like the other people or follow their promiscuous practices.
This includes that we are not to adopt any practices that are based upon other
religions. (Other religions have many practices that are copies or corruptions
of God’s regulations, so we must be careful not to think all similarities are
based upon these other religions.)
V.4 “Keep My statutes, to live in
accord with them; I am Yahweh your God”. Statutes are the commandments of
which the reasons are beyond our understanding. They include kashrut
(food laws) and ritual defilement. We are taught here that it is not for us to
make personal decisions on such matters – which would make us our own gods. The
Hebrew word huqqot (statutes) comes from the root huq, to engrave:
many commentators have noted that this means God’s statutes are permanently
engraved, as in stone.
God will ultimately establish a Holy
People in a Holy Land. It will be through Yeshua. It will be by writing His law
on their hearts, to be kept perfectly and whole heartedly. All sinners will be
In the world today, evolution is the
favorite replacement for God. If we just evolved, then let us eat, drink, and be
merry. Let us seek all the pleasure we can find, for that is all there is to
life, and then we die. We go back to the primordial soup, and perhaps in a few
billion years we will evolve into something greater.
Unplanned children that complicate
our pleasure, and the handicapped, and the elderly, can be disposed of, because
there is no quality of life for them, and that is all that matters. (That is
really an excuse, because most of them would like to live: but to hedonists,
they are a bother.)
Long ago, God said (in effect) to a
world of such people, “OK, you like primordial soup, I’ll give you soup,” and he
opened up the hot-springs of the earth, along with the clouds above, and made
them soup. Now, for those who will not learn from their lesson, there awaits a
roasting in fire.
A much-talked-about subject today is,
“Why do bad things happen to good people?” What good people? There has only been
one good person to whom bad things happened, and we all know why. Our normal
life span has been changed from eternal, to a thousand years, to seventy years –
not because we are good people. Now, aren’t you joyful that you came out to hear
how bad you are?
So, what is the point? Paul makes the
point: God has included all as disobedient, that He might show His mercy (Romans
11:32); “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in
righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and
renewing by the Holy Spirit” – Titus 3:5.
“Thus says Yahweh, ‘Do not learn the way of the nations, and do
not be terrified by the signs of the heavens although the nations are terrified
by them; for the customs of the peoples are delusion.’ ”
shepherds have become stupid and have not sought Yahweh; therefore they have not
prospered, and all their flock is scattered.”
“O God, do not remain quiet; do not be silent and, O God, do not
be still. 2 For, behold, Thine enemies make an uproar; and those who hate Thee
have exalted themselves.”
These are the forbidden relationships
enumerated in today’s Torah portion: (Verse 6 indicates (by the plural) that it
applies to both men and women.)
mother or step-mother (even after
death of father),
sister or half-sister,
aunt (even if half-sister of father,
or uncle’s wife, even after death of uncle),
wife’s sister – while your wife is
alive (even if divorced from her),
and a neighbor’s wife.
Also forbidden are homosexuality and
bestiality, and offering one’s children to false gods.
(1 Corinthians 5:1-2) “It is
actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a
kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles . . . . And you have become
arrogant, and have not mourned instead, in order that the one who had done this
deed might be removed from your midst.”
do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do
not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor
revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of
you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the
name of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, and in the Spirit of our God.”
Today it is popular to accept all
religions as equal – all are falsely said to worship the same god. Laws and
customs are being changed to accept fornication and homosexuality – we exalt
open practitioners to highest offices. Dishonesty is largely accepted and even
expected – the love of power and money rules.
But, if we are washed and made holy
instruments for God, led of His Spirit, then we walk a different path, growing
in understanding of Gods instruction. In times past we were Gentiles who walked
according to the desires of the flesh; now we walk in the light, if so be that
we are redeemed.
(1 John 2:4-6)
“The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep
His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His
word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we
are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same
manner as He walked.’ ”
The member of the congregation who is
blatantly defying God’s instruction is to be excommunicated. The purposes are to
bring repentance, and to show others the seriousness of such actions. This
action is not to be taken by the authority of an individual who carries some
title, but by a duly chosen bench of judges, after entertaining proper witness.
Leviticus 18:7 states that the
nakedness of one’s father refers to one’s mother.
“You shall not uncover the
nakedness of your father, that is, the nakedness of your mother. She is your
mother; you are not to uncover her nakedness.”
This is taken to explain Genesis
Ham came out of a society so corrupt
that God destroyed the earth with a flood. Afterwards, he occasioned upon his
father and mother, in their tent, in a drunken, unclothed state. He took
advantage of the situation to commit incest with his mother. For this he and his
descendants were condemned to servitude.
Like calling all religions equal, we
try to call other groupings equal, such as racial and gender groups. Various
groups do not commit crimes in the same percentages, nor do they major in the
same types of offenses. Inequality should not be equated with superiority /
inferiority, and just treatment does not always mean equal treatment.
We are to learn just judgment. We are
to learn to love our neighbor, who is created in the image of God. We are to
seek the welfare and prosperity of others, not our prosperity at their expense.
And, we are to be holy, as God is
holy: we are to be set apart for His service, to be a light to the world. We are
to seek to bring others up to God’s standard of holiness. We are not to accept
the world’s standards. Our young people do not need to dress like the world, as
advertisements for sex. Money should not be our major goal in life, as it is for
much of our world. We have good reason to be ‘different’.
Yeshua came to be our Priest, making
atonements for our sins. He came to be our Prophet, the light of the world, to
teach us Torah ways. He is coming to be our King, if we have accepted His rule
in our lives.
"Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King
of the Universe,
Who chose us from among all peoples by
giving us Your Torah.
Blessed are You, Yahweh, giver of the
Amen. 1 Then Yahweh spoke
to Moses, saying, 2 "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'I
am Yahweh your God. 3 'You shall not do what is done in the land of
Egypt where you lived, nor are you to do what is done in the land of Canaan
where I am bringing you; you shall not walk in their statutes. 4 'You
are to perform My judgments and keep My statutes, to live in accord with them; I
am Yahweh your God. 5 'So you shall keep My statutes and My
judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am Yahweh.
Amen. 6 'None of you
shall approach any blood relative of his to uncover nakedness; I am Yahweh.
7 'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, that is, the
nakedness of your mother. She is your mother; you are not to uncover her
nakedness. 8 'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's
wife; it is your father's nakedness.
Amen. 9 'The nakedness of
your sister, either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether
born at home or born outside, their nakedness you shall not uncover. 10
'The nakedness of your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter, their
nakedness you shall not uncover; for their nakedness is yours. 11
'The nakedness of your father's wife's daughter, born to your father, she is
your sister, you shall not uncover her nakedness.
Amen. 12 'You shall not
uncover the nakedness of your father's sister; she is your father's blood
relative. 13 'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's
sister, for she is your mother's blood relative. 14 'You shall not
uncover the nakedness of your father's brother; you shall not approach his wife,
she is your aunt. 15 'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your
daughter-in-law; she is your son's wife, you shall not uncover her nakedness.
Amen. 16 'You shall not
uncover the nakedness of your brother's wife; it is your brother's nakedness.
17 'You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and of her
daughter, nor shall you take her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter, to
uncover her nakedness; they are blood relatives. It is lewdness. 18
'And you shall not marry a woman in addition to her sister as a rival while she
is alive, to uncover her nakedness.
Amen. 19 'Also you shall
not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness during her menstrual impurity.
20 'And you shall not have intercourse with your neighbor's wife, to
be defiled with her. 21 'Neither shall you give any of your offspring
to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am
Yahweh. 22 'You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female;
it is an abomination. 23 'Also you shall not have intercourse with
any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to
mate with it; it is a perversion.
Amen. 24 'Do not defile
yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am
casting out before you have become defiled. 25 'For the land has
become defiled, therefore I have visited its punishment upon it, so the land has
spewed out its inhabitants. 26 'But as for you, you are to keep My
statutes and My judgments, and shall not do any of these abominations, neither
the native, nor the alien who sojourns among you 27 (for the men of
the land who have been before you have done all these abominations, and the land
has become defiled); 28 so that the land may not spew you out, should
you defile it, as it has spewed out the nation which has been before you.
29 'For whoever does any of these abominations, those persons who do so
shall be cut off from among their people. 30 'Thus you are to keep My
charge, that you do not practice any of the abominable customs which have been
practiced before you, so as not to defile yourselves with them; I am Yahweh your
"Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King
of the Universe,
Who in giving us Yeshua, the Living
Torah, has planted everlasting life in our midst.
Blessed are You, Yahweh, giver of the
"Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King
of the Universe,
Who selected good prophets, delighting
in their words which were spoken truthfully.
Blessed are You, Yahweh, Who chose the
Torah, Your servant Moses, Your people Israel,
and the prophets of truth and
Amen. 2 Thus says Yahweh,
"Do not learn the way of the nations, and do not be terrified by the signs of
the heavens although the nations are terrified by them; 3 For the
customs of the peoples are delusion; because it is wood cut from the forest, the
work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. 4 "They
decorate it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with
hammers so that it will not totter. 5 "Like a scarecrow in a cucumber
field are they, and they cannot speak; they must be carried, because they cannot
walk! Do not fear them, for they can do no harm, nor can they do any good."
6 There is none like You, O Yahweh; You are great, and great is Your name
in might. 7 Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? Indeed it
is Your due! For among all the wise men of the nations and in all their
kingdoms, there is none like You.
Amen. 8 But they are
altogether stupid and foolish in their discipline of delusion-- their idol is
wood! 9 Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz,
the work of a craftsman and of the hands of a goldsmith; violet and purple are
their clothing; they are all the work of skilled men. 10 But Yahweh
is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the
earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure His indignation. 11 Thus
you shall say to them, "The gods that did not make the heavens and the earth
will perish from the earth and from under the heavens." 12 It is He
who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom; and by
His understanding He has stretched out the heavens. 13 When He utters
His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and He causes the clouds
to ascend from the end of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain, and brings
out the wind from His storehouses. 14 Every man is stupid, devoid of
knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols; for his molten images
are deceitful, and there is no breath in them. 15 They are worthless,
a work of mockery; in the time of their punishment they will perish.
Amen. 16 The portion of
Jacob is not like these; for the Maker of all is He, and Israel is the tribe of
His inheritance; Yahweh of hosts is His name. 17 Pick up your bundle
from the ground, you who dwell under siege! 18 For thus says Yahweh,
"Behold, I am slinging out the inhabitants of the land at this time, and will
cause them distress, that they may be found." 19 Woe is me, because
of my injury! My wound is incurable. But I said, "Truly this is a sickness, and
I must bear it." 20 My tent is destroyed, and all my ropes are
broken; my sons have gone from me and are no more. There is no one to stretch
out my tent again or to set up my curtains. 21 For the shepherds have
become stupid and have not sought Yahweh; therefore they have not prospered, and
all their flock is scattered.
(To be sung.) A Song, a Psalm
1 O God, do not remain quiet;
do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. 2 For behold, Your
enemies make an uproar, and those who hate You have exalted themselves. 3
They make shrewd plans against Your people, and conspire together against Your
treasured ones. 4 They have said, "Come, and let us wipe them out as
a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more." 5 For they
have conspired together with one mind; against You they make a covenant: 6
The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites; 7 Gebal
and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8
Assyria also has joined with them; they have become a help to the children of
Lot. Selah. 9 Deal with them as with Midian, as with Sisera and
Jabin at the torrent of Kishon, 10 Who were destroyed at En-dor,
who became as dung for the ground. 11 Make their nobles like Oreb and
Zeeb and all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, 12 Who said, "Let
us possess for ourselves the pastures of God." 13 O my God, make them
like the whirling dust, like chaff before the wind. 14 Like fire that
burns the forest and like a flame that sets the mountains on fire, 15
So pursue them with Your tempest and terrify them with Your storm. 16
Fill their faces with dishonor, that they may seek Your name, O Yahweh. 17
Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, and let them be humiliated and perish,
18 That they may know that You alone, whose name is Yahweh, are the
Most High over all the earth.
1 Corinthians 5:1 – 6:10
5:1 It is actually reported that there is immorality among
you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles,
that someone has his father's wife. 2 You have become arrogant and
have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be
removed from your midst. 3 For I, on my part, though absent in body
but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as
though I were present. 4 In the name of our Lord Yeshua, when you are
assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Yeshua, 5
I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh,
so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Yeshua.
6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little
leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? 7 Clean out the old leaven so
that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Messiah our
Passover also has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us celebrate the
feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but
with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I wrote you in my
letter not to associate with immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean
with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or
with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11
But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he
is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard,
or a swindler-- not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I
to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?
13 But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from
6:1 Does any one of you, when he has a case against his
neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints?
2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the
world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law
courts? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more
matters of this life? 4 So if you have law courts dealing with
matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the
church? 5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not among
you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren, 6
but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers? 7
Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one
another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 On
the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to your
brethren. 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit
the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor
adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the
covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom
"Blessed are You, Yahweh
our God, King of the Universe,
Rock of Ages, righteous
throughout all generations.
You are the faithful God,
promising and then performing, speaking and then fulfilling,
for all Your words are true
Faithful are You, Yahweh
our God, and faithful are Your words,
for no word of Yours shall
You are a faithful and
merciful God and King.
Blessed are You, Yahweh our
God, Who are faithful in fulfilling all Your words."