In this week’s Torah portion we read Moshe saying, מו וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם שִֹימוּ לְבַבְכֶם לְכָל-הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מֵעִיד בָּכֶם הַיּוֹם אֲשֶׁר תְּצַוֻּם אֶת-בְּנֵיכֶם לִשְׁמֹר לַעֲשֹוֹת אֶת-כָּל-דִּבְרֵי הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת: מז כִּי לֹא-דָבָר רֵק הוּא מִכֶּם כִּי-הוּא חַיֵּיכֶם וּבַדָּבָר הַזֶּה תַּאֲרִיכוּ יָמִים עַל-הָאֲדָמָה אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם עֹבְרִים אֶת-הַיַּרְדֵּן שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ: 32:46 he said to them, ‘Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law. 32:47 ‘For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. And by this word you will prolong your days in the land, which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.’(NASB) How often are these words considered idle and irrelevant in the church today? Moshe speaks of intentionally taking to heart God’s Word and apply His Word to our lives. He says, “For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life.” The Bible is not simply a book containing a collection of stories. Moshe says these words are the words of life which will prolong your days in the land because of righteousness, justice, holiness, and truth. We are called to holiness and truth because of the God who dwells in our hearts, our lives, and our communities. The greater part of the Torah reading for Parashat Haazinu (“to give ear / listen”) consists of a song Moshe composed in the Masoretic Text that is 70 lines long. Moshe delivered this song to Israel during the last days of his life…


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