Parashat Haazinu, The Torah, the Apostle Paul, and Yeshua


I this week’s Study, Parashat Haazinu meaning “to listen, give ear” (Devarim / Deuteronomy 32:1-52) Moshe writes a song that he spoke to the children of Yisrael in Devarim 32:1-52. In last week’s Parahaha, the Lord God told Moshe that Yehoshua (Joshua) will lead the people after his death. The Lord told Moshe to write down this song and the song would be a witness against them. In the opening verse of Parashat Haazinu, Moshe calls Heaven and Earth as witnesses to the covenant. Calling the solid unmoving Heaven and Earth as witness implies that the unmovable things are watching should the children of Yisrael break the covenant and disobey God. Moshe proclaims the name of the Lord saying He is our Rock, that His work is perfect, all of his ways are in truth, there is no injustice, only righteousness, and that He is straight meaning that God is upright and just. Moshe then says “They have acted corruptly toward Him, they are not His children, because of their defect, But are a perverse and crooked generation.” While reading these opening verses, can you see how Moshe is contrasting the absolute goodness of God with our impoverished fallen lives? This week’s reading leads us to question “Do I take for granted the mercy of God?” Am I examining my heart closely enough to know where my devotion really lays, in a love for God and His ways or out of the pride of life before others? Does my life truly demontrated that I am a covenant member of His kingdom? Parashat Ha’azinu _2011-2012_

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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!