Parashat Devarim, Yeshua and the Torah


In this week’s reading from Parashat Devarim (Devarim / Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) Moshe retells the history of what has happened to Yisrael that led the people to remain in the wilderness.  The name of the fifth book of Devarim comes from the opening words אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים “Eleh ha’devarim” meaning “These are the words.”  The English translation “Deuteronomy” is derived from the Greek translation Δευτερονμιον, Deuteronomion meaning “second law.”  Here the phrase אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים translated as Δευτερονμιον show a movement from the traditional name of the book derived from the Hebrew text.  Sefer Devarim can be divided into 3 major sections; Section 1 restates the journey from Mitzrayim (Egypt) to the Promised Land leading to this moment the people are not being allowed to enter the Land.  Section 2 reminds the people of the absolute necessity to obey God and His ways.  Section 3 discusses the topic of the unfaithfulness of Yisrael; unfaithfulness will cause the people to lose the land.  However, if the people repent their place in the land will remain secure (the land will not be taken from them).  Devarim 1:7 says פְּנוּ | וּסְעוּ לָכֶם וּבֹאוּ הַר הָאֱמֹרִי וְאֶל-כָּל-שְׁכֵנָיו בָּעֲרָבָה בָהָר וּבַשְּׁפֵלָה וּבַנֶּגֶב וּבְחוֹף הַיָּם אֶרֶץ הַכְּנַעֲנִי וְהַלְּבָנוֹן עַד-הַנָּהָר הַגָּדֹל נְהַר-פְּרָת to Turn and set your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites, and to all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country and in the lowland and in the Negev and by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.”  Yisrael received God’s Torah and are commanded to turn and go to the Promised Land.  As we place our faith and trust in Yeshua the Messiah, our lives “turn” in repentance and we are set on a journey of living for God and to glorify His Name.  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!