Chol HaMo’ed Sukkot, God’s blessing, the Torah, and Salvation


            This week’s reading for Chol HaMo’ed Sukkot (חול-המועד סוכות) is taken from the end of Parashat Ki Tisa (Shemot / Exodus 33:12-34:26).  Moshe has asked the Lord God to forgive the sins of the Children of Yisrael (וְעַתָּה אִם-תִּשָּׂא חַטָּאתָם).  Moshe asks the Lord to reveal Himself and His glory (וַיֹּאמַר הַרְאֵנִי נָא אֶת-כְּבֹדֶךָ).  The Lord commands Moshe to make two stone tablets like the previous ones (וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה פְּסָל-לְךָ שְׁנֵי-לֻחֹת אֲבָנִים כָּרִאשֹׁנִים וְכָתַבְתִּי עַל-הַלֻּחֹת אֶת-הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר הָיוּ עַל-הַלֻּחֹת הָרִאשֹׁנִים אֲשֶׁר שִׁבַּרְתָּ) and He will write on them the words that were on the previous set of Tablets.  Moshe demonstrates for us this week the importance of knowing God according to His ways in his statement וְעַתָּה אִם-נָא מָצָאתִי חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ הוֹדִעֵנִי נָא אֶת-דְּרָכֶךָ וְאֵדָעֲךָ לְמַעַן אֶמְצָא-חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ וּרְאֵה כִּי עַמְּךָ הַגּוֹי הַזֶּה meaning ‘Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.’ (NASB)  Moshe asks the Lord God stating that “If I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You and find favor in Your sight.” (אִם-נָא מָצָאתִי חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ הוֹדִעֵנִי נָא אֶת-דְּרָכֶךָ וְאֵדָעֲךָ)  In this Hebrew Sentence, we find a chiastic literary structure where there appears to be an inversion in the phrase or clause on the order of words with respect to the first clause or phrase.  “Now if I have found favor in your eyes –> let me know your ways –> so that I might find favor in your eyes.”  Having found favor in God’s eyes, Moshe desires to know God in a more intimate way.  This text shows us the order of obedience; we have found favor in God’s eyes because He loves us, now we obey the Lord so that we can walk in His favor, His love, and His blessing.  This week is a time of great blessing for it is the harvest festival.  According to the Scriptures, we are to remember Sukkot for this is the time God’s Holy Word came down and tabernacled among us in Yeshua the Messiah.  Read More here.

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Duane D. Miller received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron Ohio. He is currently a Chemical Engineering Researcher. Duane’s research expertise has focused upon functional materials development for the control, conversion, and release of process gases in Energy production technologies. His R&D interests include computational chemistry, developing novel technologies for converting biomass to fuels and studying their fundamental interactions during the chemical conversion process. His past experience includes sorbent development for pre- and post-combustion CO2 and SO2 capture, selective absorption of H2S from methane streams, O2 capture for oxy-fuel combustion, photocatalytic reduction of alcohols, NOx reduction catalysis, the development of oxygen carriers to combust fossil fuels (CH4 and coal) for the chemical looping combustion processes, and the extraction of rare earth elements using patent pending sorbents. His research expertise has focused on operando-characterization using Infrared, Raman, and UV-Vis spectroscopy to observe the nature of the catalytic active sites and reaction intermediates under realistic reaction conditions, allowing direct correlation of molecular/electronic structures with catalyst performance during Gas-Solid / Liquid-Solid Adsorption and Photocatalytic Processes with real time online analysis of reaction products using ICP-MS and mass spectrometry. His current work involves a multi-disciplinary approach to developing, understanding, and improving the catalytic gasification of coal and methane, high temperature chemical looping combustion, and the catalytic decomposition and gasification of biomass and coal using novel microwave reactor.​ He has been studying the Hebrew Scriptures and the Torah for 20+ years and sharing what he has learned. The studies developed for MATSATI.COM are freely to be used by everyone, to God be the Glory!