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Parashah 50: Ki Tavo (When You Come)

Parashah 50: Ki Tavo (When you come) - Deuteronomy 26:1 through 29:8.
Haftarah reading: Isaiah 60:1-22.
B'rit Hadasha suggested reading: Matthew 13:1-23; Luke 21:1-4; Acts 28:17-
31; Romans 11:1-15.

Summary & Overview


o Deuteronomy 26:1 | First Fruits and Tithes

o Deuteronomy 26:16 | Concluding Exhortation
o Deuteronomy 27:1 | The Inscribed Stones and Altar on Mount Ebal
o Deuteronomy 27:11 | Twelve Curses
o Deuteronomy 28:1 | Blessings for Obedience
o Deuteronomy 28:15 | Warnings against Disobedience
o Deuteronomy 29:2 | The Covenant Renewed in Moab

Last week we looked at relationships and the importance of the marriage

covenant and how all relationships are based on this blueprint. This week we
will also look at the two Covenants, one made at Horeb and the second made at
Shechem, which was the Covenant renewed at Moab, about the New Covenant
prophesied in Jeremiah 31.

Revealing the Fullness of YHVH to

the Nations
Deut 26:1-2 And it shall be, when you
come into the land which YHVH your
Elohim is giving you as an inheritance, and
you possess it and dwell in it, 2 that you
shall take some of the first of all the produce
of the ground, which you shall bring from
your land that YHVH your Elohim is giving you, and put it in a basket
and go to the place where YHVH your Elohim chooses to make His Name

The name of the Torah Portion is ki tavo , which comes from the word
bo meaning to go, abide, bring (forth, in, into, to pass), call, carry, to come
(against, in, out, upon, to pass), depart, fetch, follow. This word is first found in
Scripture in Gen 2:19 where YHVH formed every beast of the field and every
bird in the heavens and brought (bo) them to Adam to see (re-eh) what he would
call (qara) or name them.

In a previous Torah Portion we looked at the word re-eh har meaning to

behold a vision or to envision, and also to consider a matter, to understand
or comprehend or to regard or contemplate, to be seen or appear, as
well as to show or be shown something.

r Resh means Head and represents Yshua Who is the Head of the
a Aleph means strength and represents YHVH, the Father.
h Hey means Light, revelation and truth. Hey also means Holy Spirit.
From this we see that Re-eh represents YHVH in all three aspects of how He
revealed Himself to us; though His Spirit (Hey), through Yshua (Resh) and
through YHVH the Father (Aleph).
Q What does this have to do with YHVH seeing (re-eh) what Adam would call
the animals?
When YHVH is looking or seeing what Adam is doing, it is in the context of
manifesting His fullness, as if Yshua had already come and His Spirit had
already been given to mankind. This shows that in the time of this event, Adam
was still in his glorified state, before the separation between man and woman
and before sin separated them from YHVH (re-eh Father, Son, Spirit). This
reveals to us that the context of Gen. Chapter 2 is about two separations, first
between flesh and flesh, man and woman, and also between spirit and flesh,
nashamah from the nephesh. The nashamah is the spiritual part of your
soul that is connected to the hey or Spirit of YHVH. This gives you
enlightenment or a new nature. In Gen. Chapter 2 Adam was Enlighted and
had the hey as revealed by the word re-eh. When sin came, Adam lost the
nashamah connection and the hey connection, to YHVH the Father (Aleph).
YHVH then decided to send the Resh, His Son, to restore these broken
connections and through His Work came the re-connection to the Hey
(YHVHs Spirit) and the enlightened nashamah (spiritual soul).
In Gen. Chapter 2 Adam had the Spirit of YHVH (Hey in re-eh), which allowed
Him to be able to name or call (qara) the animals. Call is the word qara
meaning to call out, to call (for, forth, self, upon), cry (unto), (be) guest, invite,
preach, (make) proclaim(-ation), pronounce, publish, read.
This implies that those who have received Yshua as
their Master can now receive His Spirit and have the
commission to call (qara) the beasts of the field
(nations in the wold). This means that these anointed
people of YHVH can proclaim and preach the
revelation (hey) of the Messiah (resh) and the Father
(Aleph) to the nations in the world. It also implies that
the message that will be proclaimed and preached
(qara) will restore those who hear it back to the re-eh
fullness of YHVH.
Q How does this relate to our Torah Portion this week?
Deut 26:1 said that when you come into the Land YHVH has given you to
posses it This means that you should name the beasts of the field in the
land in which YHVH placed you, just like Adam named the beasts of the field in
the Garden. This means that you should proclaim and preach the Word of
YHVH in the Land you now live in, to reveal YHVHs nature and character to the
people in that nation, so they can see (re-eh) the fullness of YHVH.

Deut 26:2 continues to say; that you shall take some of the first of all the
produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that YHVH your
Elohim is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where YHVH
your Elohim chooses to make His Name abide
This means that for the message to go out, some have the task to speak the
word and reveal the truth to the people and others will provide their first-fruits to
become part of and support this mission and the Body of Messiah.
First Fruits is the phrase re-shiyth periy . Re-shiyth
means the first, in place, time, order or rank, beginning, chief(-est), first(-fruits,
part, time), principal thing. Periy means fruit, first fruit, reward.
Saying First Fruits is actually repeating it twice through the similar meanings of
these two words re-shiyth periy. The only difference is that re-shiyth refers to
the beginning and the principal or chief,. This relates to Messiah Yshua Who is
the chief corner stone of the House of YHVH, Who is also the beginning, the
Aleph and the principal thing or person. The second word periy is more
about the reward or the consequence of following the principal thing or one
Who was in the beginning Who is the Chief or Head of the Body or House of
YHVH. Putting the two together gives a beautiful picture of the Body of Messiah
with Him being the Head. This is confirmed by the meaning of the Feast of First
Fruits, where Yshua was the first one resurrected among the dead on the third
day after His death. It is also similar to Yshuas ascension, him being the first
and we His Bride to follow and be elevated at the time of the gathering after
the Tribulation.

The Hedge of Protection

Deut 26:16 This day YHVH your Elohim
commands you to observe these statutes
and judgments; therefore you shall be
careful to observe them with all your
heart and with all your soul.

Careful to observe is the word shamar

meaning to hedge about (as with thorns), to
guard; to protect, attend to, take heed (to self),
mark, observe, preserve, regard, watch(-man). The three letters have three

Shin meaning fire or Holy Spirit

Mem meaning water or Word
Resh meaning head or Leader (Shepherd)

One of the meanings of shamar that stands out is to hedge about with thorns,
which is the protective hedge built by the Shepherd to keep his sheep safe after
sunset. The thorn hedge has one opening or gate where the Shepherd will be
sleeping during the night to protect his sheep from any harmful predators. This
corresponds with the meaning of the Resh or leader representing the
Shepherd at the gate.

The Resh on the left means physical and represents the area from where
the enemy will attack. This is where the enemy must confront the Shepherd
(Resh) to get to the sheep. The sheep must be on the inside of this hedge, to
keep themselves protected by the mem or Word of YHVH. You can only be
protected if you are inside the thorny hedge behind the Shepherd who guards
the gate.
Q What defines your position in regard to the thorny hedge and the Shepherd?
You might see the Shepherd from the outside, but you are not being protected
by Him on the inside of the thorny hedge He created. This identifies people who
know Yshua from a distance, from outside the place or rest. There are two
clues that will tell you whether you are inside or outside the hedge.

The first is found when you look inside the thorny hedge, represented by the
word shamar, (shin mem resh), with the mem right in the middle. The
mem represents the Word of YHVH and those inside the hedge are those
who keep themselves busy with YHVHs Word.
The second clue is one of the meanings of shamar, namely to observe. The
word observe or Shamar applies to YHVHs moedim or appointed times.
One of these is the Sabbath, the place of rest. If you partake in His moedim
then you are inside His thorny hedge of protection.

So we have the Resh or Shepherd on the left, located at the entrance of the
hedge, then we find the mem or Word of YHVH as well as the shin .
Q What does the shin represent inside this thorny hedge or protection?

The letter shin means fire and holiness. The time of darkness or night
time, makes the fire very significant at a time when predators are lurking in the
night. The shin or fire provides light that shines on the mem or Word,
revealing YHVHs Truth inside this hedge of protection (shamar).
Q - How do you know that you have the fire lit inside your hedge?
The shin means fire and the fire is associated
with YHVHs Holiness which corresponds with
YHVHs Holy Spirit Who helps you to become holy.
If you have His fire in your midst it is revealed
through your life as you shine His light by walking
in holiness. YHVH said that we must be Holy for
He is Holy and if you allow His holiness into your
life through obedience, then His fire is burning
inside your hedge of protection as well. Further
evidence that you have His fire burning is seen
through your passion and zeal, which drives you to
study and know His Word and pursue holiness. Another thing to note here is that
the Shepherd does not build a hedge for every sheep, He builds one hedge that
protects the entire flock, which implies likeminded people of YHVH should
gather together on these appointed times around His Word and in Holiness.
Shamar is first found in Scripture in Gen 2:15 where YHVH took Adam and
placed him inside the Garden of Eden to dress it and keep (shamar) it.

This links the thorny hedge to the Garden of Eden and teaches us that we
need to do work inside this hedge of protection, to keep it in good repair so
that predators cannot break through and devour the flock. Gen 2:15 uses the
term dress and keep (shamar) it.
Dress is the word abad meaning to serve, till, be bondmen, bond-service,
ear, execute, keep, labour(-ing) serve(-ing), work, worshipper. From these
meanings two prominent things stand out; the first is that the sheep inside the
thorny hedge are referred to as bondservants who nailed their ears to the
Masters House on the doorpost (mezuzzah). Inside the mezuzzah are the
Commandments, which implies that they will obey the Masters House rules.
This connects the thorny hedge to the House of YHVH as well as to the Garden
of Eden.
The other meanings that stand out are work and
worship. Work and worship are one and the same
thing because everything we do as defined in
YHVHs Commandments are seen as worship unto
Him. Singing a song is one aspect of worship but
the majority of your time at work is when you really
worship YHVH through your actions. So being in
the thorny hedge is not just about singing songs around the fire, it is about
working in the Garden to maintain it.
The Gematria of shamar is 540 and connects to the following words:

yalak meaning to walk. So to observe YHVHs

Commandments is to walk in them, expressing them
through your actions.
maw-thak meaning to become pleasing or be
aw-leh'-meth meaning covering. Being in His protective hedge
protects you under His covering.
kehelah meaning assembly or congregation.
rasham meaning inscribe, sign. Observing YHVHs moedim or
appointed times is a sign that you are in His protective covering.
tanakh that is the acronym for the Old Testament Books TaNaK,
representing all Scripture before the Berit Chadashah (NT) was written.
All these meanings relate to the word shamar or to observe, according to
YHVHs Commandments, and were uncovered in the symbolism and pictures
found within the meanings of the Hebrew letters.

Three Stages of Forgiveness
The Rabbis discovered three stages of
forgiveness, whether you are being forgiven or
whether you are forgiving others. The steps are
identified by three words:
s'lechah ( forgiveness)
'm'chilah hlxm (letting go),
kaphar ( atonement).
Forgiveness begins with the conscious intention to forgive. Slechah is used in
Neh 9:17 and Psa 130:4 where YHVHs willingness is compared with Israels
rebellion. Rebellion is the worst kind of sin because it is similar to witchcraft,
worshipping the Serpent. Yet our Father is willing to forgive us if we repent from
our rebellion. But if the process ends only with slechah or forgiveness, the
feelings of guilt or resentment reappear when you least expect them. You need
to experience the second stage of forgiveness, namely 'm'chilah.
Letting go (mchilah) means you are no longer bound to the past through
emotions. At this stage, you may remember the pain, but you are no longer
consumed by either guilt or resentment.
With atonement, kaphar, you can accomplish something positive that
otherwise wouldn't have been possible. Kaphar is found in Gen 6:14 where it is
described as pitch that covered the Ark so it would rise above the waters of
judgement. This is when you know you are forgiven and the past will not affect
your future, rising above your flaws, building upon the wisdom you have gained.

Your Identity and Conversion

Deut 27:1-3 Now Moses, with the elders of Israel, commanded the
people, saying: Keep all the commandments which I command you
today. 2 And it shall be, on the day when you cross over the Jordan to
the land which YHVH YOUR ELOHIM is giving you, that you shall set up for
yourselves large stones, and whitewash them with lime. 3 You shall write
on them all the words of this Torah (law), when you have crossed over,
that you may enter the land which YHVH YOUR ELOHIM is giving you,
a land flowing with milk and honey, just as YHVH ELOHIM of your fathers
promised you
Israel crossed over from one side of the Jordan to the other to enter into the
Land YHVH promised to their fathers.
Cross Over is the word abar rbi and has a similar meaning to the word
ibree that was used to describe Abraham crossing over to become the first
Hebrew [Gen 14:13]. The word Hebrew also comes from the word ibree and
literally means to cross over as well as regions beyond. Israel, who were the
descendants of Abraham, physically did the act of crossing over to identify
themselves as Hebrews too.

What is interesting about the word abar (cross over) rbi (Ayin Bet
Resh), sounds like the word abar rba (Aleph Bet Resh) that means
feather. These two words form a homophone and connect the two thoughts
of crossing over and feather.
Feather is the word abar rba that is made up of two Hebrew words Av
ba (Aleph Bet) that means Father and bar rb (Bet Resh), that
means Son. When the Father and the Son becomes one, they represent
the concept of a feather, as described in Psalm 91. YHVHs people are
protected if they are under the shadow of the Almighty, and covered with His
feathers and wings.
Wing is the word kanaph that is the same word used in Deut 22:12 for edge
of the garment from where the four tassels are located called tzit-tzits. This
connects the protecting feathers of YHVH with the tassels or tzit-tzits on the
garments of those who are protected. The tassels are a sign that you are under
his feathers or protection and that is symbolised by abiding or submitting under
His Word.
Connecting these thoughts gives us insight that, if you obey and follow His
Commandments, the Father and the Son will abide with you. The tassels is a
sign that you have crossed over, and have become a Hebrew just like your
father Abraham, but this time, in relation to entering into the Land of Promise or
John 14: 21,23 He that has My Commandments and keeps them, he it is
that loves Me; and he that loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I
will love him and will manifest Myself to him. 23 Yshua answered and
said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words;
and My Father will love him, and WE will come unto him and make
Our abode with him.
The sons of Abraham are Hebrews who crossed over or were born again,
becoming part of Israel, and being grafted into the Olive Tree [Rom 1:11-25].
Two misconceptions exist today; some believe that the Church has replaced
Israel and others believe you need to become a Jew when you accept Yshua
Who was from the tribe of Judah (Jews). Both are in error and we should study
the Scripture to see that we actually become Hebrews
as we are grafted into Israel.
Jordan ]try means, to be cast down or to sink.
Israel went into the water and came out of the water,
symbolising their Mikavah, and baptism or immersion
where you are going into the water, representing your
death, and coming out of the water, representing your
resurrection into life.
Rom 6:3-4 Or do you not know that as many of
us as were baptized into Messiah Yshua were baptized into His
death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death,
that just as Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life.

This progressive step in the history of Israel shows us prophetically what is
required to enter the Promised Land (Kingdom) and makes immersion in
Messiah a requirement.
John 3:5 Yshua answered, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is
born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of YHVH.
After Israel crossed over identifying themselves as Hebrews, YHVH
commanded them to set up large stones on mount Ebal, whitewash them with
lime and write on them the words of the Torah. This is a prophetic picture of
YHVHs Spirit writing the Commandments on our hearts. The pattern of the
conversion process is seen by Israel entering the Promised Land and is
summarised below, to show us all the steps that make up your salvation:
1. The first step is to acknowledge that you are a sinner, and you need
redemption that is found through repentance and the blood of Yshua the
Lamb of YHVH (Unleavened Bread & Passover).
2. The second step is to cross over, and that is where your old nature
has to die and be resurrected into the newness of life. This is symbolised
by Immersion, Baptism known as a Mikvah (First Fruits).
3. The third step is to receive that new life through the receiving of His Holy
Spirit (writing Torah on whitewashed stones), writing the Torah on your
heart (Shavuot Pentecost).
4. Having the Torah written on your heart gives you the ability to walk in it
as you learn the ways of your Father. This prepares you as the Bride as
you await the sound of His Coming (Yom Teruah or Trumpets).
5. This will cover and protect you under His Wings or Torah so that you will
meet Him as your Saviour and not your Judge (Yom Kippur Day of
6. After the smoke clears you will enter into the City through one of the
twelve gates, identifying with one of the tribes of Israel, living with your
Beloved King in His Kingdom, meeting the Father face to face (Sukkot
Tabernacles). Now you are saved.