Parashat Va’etchanan, A way of life for a people already redeemed!


This week’s reading is from sefer Devarim (Devarim / Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11) Parashat Va’etchanan, Moshe is recapitulating (summarizing and restating) the main points during Yisrael’s journey from Mitzrayim to their present location (Beth Peor).  Moshe requested to enter the Promised Land but God said to go to the top of Pisgah (a mountain summit in Moab) to see the land with his eyes only.  The Scriptures again and again show us how God has defined who He is by what He has done for His people.  Devarim 5:3 states that לֹא אֶת-אֲבֹתֵינוּ כָּרַת יְהוָֹה אֶת-הַבְּרִית הַזֹּאת כִּי אִתָּנוּ אֲנַחְנוּ אֵלֶּה פֹה הַיּוֹם כֻּלָּנוּ חַיִּים meaning 5:3 ‘The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today. (NASB)  Moshe goes on to say that אָנֹכִי עֹמֵד בֵּין-יְהוָֹה וּבֵינֵיכֶם בָּעֵת הַהִוא, the NASB translates as “I stood between the Lord and between you at that time,” it is interesting that the phrase בעת ההוא is indicative of Moshe standing between the people “in/at his time,” does this refer to the individual person by the use of the pronoun הוא?  The Hebrew thesaurus shows us the synonyms for ההוא to include the word האיש (man).  The text here shows us God’s continued perfect and absolute promise of His covenant coupled with the messianic expectation of the Messiah Yeshua personified in Moshe Rabbenu.  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!