Re’eh – ראה

August 27, 2022
Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17; Isaiah 54:11-55:5; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13

Torah Portion “ראה/Re’eh” which means “Behold/Look/See,” and begins, “26 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse — 27 the blessing, if you listen to the mitzvot of Adonai your God that I am giving you today; 28 and the curse, if you don’t listen to the mitzvot of Adonai your God, but turn aside from the way I am ordering you today and follow other gods that you have not known.”

In our parasha this week, we are given the warning of the false prophet that could rise from among the people. We read in Deuteronomy 13:1, “If a prophet or dreamer of dreams arises…” This word “arises” has the root “qum” in Hebrew, which connotates the idea of “resurrection.” Ro’eh Richard shows through the millui gematria that this prophet is one who is counterfeit, pointing us to Exodus 7:11 which has the magicians of Egypt imitating “signs and wonders” alluding to miracles of healing, and Ro’eh shows us that this healer will perform these “miracles” of healing, but that he will be counterfeit and wearing a mask. We see at the incident of the golden calf that the people attempted to replace Moshe with another, a counterfeit, which they called “god.” Moshe was their leader, their deliverer and savior, and now they have attempted to replace him with another who performs false signs and wonders. In the Council of Nicaea, Constantine changes the Hebrew Yeshua into the Roman Jesus, and we are told to REMEMBER the words of Hashem in Deuteronomy to recognize this counterfeit Messiah. Ro’eh shows us the WHY – for Hashem allows this false prophet as a testing to know if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

This week our Haftorah teaching is delivered by Brother Mark out of Isaiah 54:11-55:5, and the New Covenant teaching is delivered by Ro’eh Richard from 1 Corinthians 5:9-13.

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