10-12-16 Message to Beit Adonai Yisroel – Haazinu (give ear!)
Torah Portion; Deut 32:1-52
Haftarah: 2 Samuel 22:1-51
Suggested Acheron K’tuvim: Rev 21:2-5
The Second Gathering
Central question of this message: Do you long for the succah of Gd?
Today we are in the next-to-last parasha of Torah. It is Moses’ final song. In next week’s portion he gives a blessing to the tribes, and dies.
On Simchas Torah (Joy over the Torah), we read the final section of the final parasha of Torah, then we read the first section of the first parasha of Torah at the same time, back-to-back.
Today’s parasha is called haazinu, which is in the command voice in Hebrew. It means, essentially, “hear me!”
But in the first verse he’s not even speaking to people. He speaks to the heavens and the earth. He calls them as two witnesses to his words and his charge to the assembled nation.
32 “Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; And let the earth hear the words of my mouth. 2 “Let my teaching drop as the
rain, My speech distill as the dew, As the droplets on the fresh grass And as the showers on the herb. 3 “For I
proclaim the name of the Lord; Ascribe greatness to our God! 4 “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are
just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.
The invocation of heaven and earth as “witnesses” is not merely a flowery way to begin his song. It is a matter of substance, and it is not
in any way random.
We find his intention by going back to the previous portion, VaYelech.
28 “Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes and your officers, that I may speak these words in their hearing and
call the heavens and the earth to witness against them. 29 For I know that after my death you will act corruptly and
turn from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days, for you will do that which is
evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him to anger with the work of your hands.”