8-13-16 Message to Beit Adonai Yisroel
Torah Portion: Deut 1:1 – 3:22 Devarim (“words”)
Haftarah: Isa 1:1-27
Suggested Acheron K’tuvim: Rev 21:2-7
Tisha B’Av – Our Mourning Shall Be Joy
Central question of this message: Are you looking forward to the rebuilt Temple, in which Yeshua will dwell?
We are in parasha Devarim. Its name comes from the first significant word in the parasha, which is also the first significant word in the book which carries the same name, Devarim. Deut 1:1
1 These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan in the wilderness,2 Devarim is also known among our people as “Mishneh Torah”, or the repetition of the Torah. Of course, those in the church will call this book by its more common name in this age, “Deuteronomy”, which means “second law”.
You remember from earlier messages, that Devarim is Moses’ final message to the people before he turns over the leadership to Joshua (actually, the Hebrew is: “Yehoshua”, and that is the longer version of Yeshua’s Hebrew name).
The books before this one in the Torah are characterized by the phrase, “And the L-rd spoke to Moses, saying…”. In Devarim, we find that Moses is the speaker. Moses spends much of this book reminding the people of what G-d has already said in the first four books, and setting forth blessings and curses associated with the observance of Torah… or rebellion against it.
The theme of the entire book of Devarim can be condensed to a single sentence. “Study the Torah, and don’t depart from it, for if you do, G-d will withdraw His protection and His blessings from you.”
And that brings me to a multiple fulfillment of that warning which we commemorate beginning tonight, on Tisha B’av. The ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av.
The 9th of Av has been a day which has seen more than its share of catastrophes.
According to tradition, the sin of the ten spies (omitting Joshua and Caleb) began the annual fast of the 9th of Av, for upon that day the people wept.
And according to the Mishnah Taanit (4:6), four more events occurred on the ninth of Av:
2. Solomon’s Temple was destroyed in 587 BCE.
3. The second Temple was destroyed in 70 CE.
4. The Romans overcame the revolt of Bar Kokhba, and murdered almost 600,000 Jews on 135 CE.
5. and on that same day, the Roman commander Turnus Rufus plowed over the site of the burned Temple and the surrounding hills.
Accordingly, the ninth of Av is considered to be the most sad day of the annual calendar.