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While reading through this week’s Torah portion, we are reminded of something Yeshua taught. Yeshua used this Hebrew idiom to expand upon this week’s Torah portion, saying the following, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.” (John 15:1-8) The definition of an idiom is an expression, a term, or a phrase whose meaning cannot be deduced from the literal definitions and the arrangement of its parts, but refers instead to a figurative meaning that is known only through the conventional use of a specific language. Notice how this parallels what we read according to Devarim / Deuteronomy 4:4 which states, ד וְאַתֶּם הַדְּבֵקִים בַּיהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם חַיִּים כֻּלְּכֶם הַיּוֹם: 4:4 ‘But you who held fast to the Lord your God are alive today, every one of you. (NASB) Those who did not attached themselves to the God of Israel were pruned off and removed because they were not fruitful in their faith. These Scriptures state that we are to attach ourselves to the Lord for life in order that we will be able to live. Yeshua is using this same analogy of himself, those who attach themselves to him will live. Listening and hearing the Lord is connected to our seeking Him and to walking in His ways. We are called to attach ourselves to the Lord. “What does this mean to attached ourselves? How is this done?

 

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