Devarim / Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19
(G#2) Haftarah: Yeshayahu / Isaiah 54:1-10
The Messianic Writings: Mt. 24:29-42
It means “when you leave“
Dev / Deut. 21:10
כִּֽי־תֵצֵא לַמִּלְחָמָה עַל־אֹיְבֶיךָ וּנְתָנֹו יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ בְּיָדֶךָ וְשָׁבִיתָ שִׁבְיֹֽו׃
Ki-Tetzé lamiljamah al-oyveyja unetano Adonay Eloheyja beyadeja veshavita shivyo.
“When you go out to war against your enemies, and Adonai your Elohim hands them over to you, and you take prisoners,”
Seventy-four of the 613 precepts (Mitzvot) of the Torah are found in the Ki Tetzeh section.
Devarim / Deut. 21:22-23 “hanging from a tree… is cursed Adonai”
Yeshua was cursed by HaShem.
The whole curse of the Torah fell on him now when he was hanging.
In Galatians 3:13-14 it is written:
“Mashiach redeemed us from the curse of the Torah, having cursed himself for us (for it is written: CURSED EVERYONE WHO HANGS FROM A WOOD), so that in Mashiach Yeshua the blessing of Avraham would come to the Gentiles, that we might receive the promise of the Ruach / Spirit through faith.”
The Torah is not a curse, as some interpret this text.
The Torah is one of the greatest blessings that have come to us from heaven.
But there are curses in the Torah, cf. Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 27 – 28.
These curses are the result of disobedience to the commandments.
Yeshua bought us free from the consequences of our sins, which are the curses that are written in the Torah.
This is for all those who appropriate his work through repentance and trust in HaShem.
HaShem met our needs through Yeshua’s death and resurrection.
By redeeming ourselves, which means freeing ourselves by means of a ransom price.
As we have said before, the Messiah had to pay the consequences of our disobedience to the commandments, the curses written in the Torah.
All the curses fell on him.
All diseases fell on him.
All of Hashem’s wrath fell upon him, as written in Yeshayahu / Isaiah 53:4-6:
Surely, he bore our infirmities, and bore our pains; yet we regarded him as whipped, as wounded as Adonai, and afflicted. But he was wounded by our transgressions, crushed by our iniquities. Punishment, for our peace, fell upon him, and by his wounds we have been healed. All of us go astray like sheep, we each go away in our own way; but Adonai caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon him.”
Yeshua took our place carrying the curse that was ours.
Thus, we can be liberated, forgiven, and restored.
The result of Yeshua taking the curse of the Torah is that Avraham’s blessing (B’reshit 12:1-3), comes upon the children of Israel and even upon the Gentiles.
Gen. 12:1-3 Parashat Lej Lejah
“Adonai had said to Avram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
If Yeshua was subject to the curse of the Torah for the blessing of Avraham to reach the Gentiles, then there must be a connection between the curses of the Torah and the Gentiles.
If the Torah does not apply to the Gentiles, how could Yeshua take the curse that corresponded to the Gentiles so that Avraham’s blessing would reach them?
If the curse does not apply, neither does the blessing.
If there is no Torah for the Gentiles, there is no curse for them since the curse is the result of The Disobedience of the Torah.
If there is no law, there is no disobedience, and there is no curse.
Yeshua carried the curse for the Jews and for the Gentiles so that Avraham’s blessing would reach them all.
This shows that the Gentiles are not totally outside the Torah, but that there are commandments written in the Torah that apply to the Gentiles.
Thanks to the curse that fell on the Messiah when he was hung from a tree, we are freed from the curses that touched us for our disobedience. Baruch HaShem!
Taking advantage of the fact that we are in the 6th month, the month of return, we invite all those who have lost their way to return to it.
Yeshua, our redeeming “goel”, is here to bless you and welcome you home again.