What affect does listening to G-d’s words have on you? Does it cause you to get up and do something? Does listening lull you to sleep? Does it make you want to run away and plug your ears? Listening to God’s words should have an affect on us. When we hear His words, we need to get up and do what He is telling us to do. His words are not meant just to fill pages, but His words are meant to cause His people to take action.
In this Torah portion, Moses is reminding G-d’s people how critical it is to hear and do what God says to do and of the beauty of God’s words.
Deuteronomy 32:2 Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, as raindrops on the tender herb, and as showers on the grass.
1. Remembering that rain is a blessing, describe the affect G-d’s words are to have.
Deuteronomy 32:3,4 For I proclaim the name of the LORD; Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.
1. It is this great G-d that we celebrate as we sit in our sukkahs. Is there one trait about G-d in the above verses that particularly stands out to you that you can concentrate on praising Him for during this week of Succot?
In spite of all the perfection and goodness of the Lord we read this:
Deuteronomy 32:6 Do you thus deal with the LORD, O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made you and established you?
1. What are the words in this verse that let you know how G-d’s heart is feeling? Is there any way in which we are being foolish or unwise?
2. Pastor Mark reminded us that this is the first time “your father” is used in the Bible. If you are a parent, how might you relate to this verse?
We hear the words of the song of Moses in Ha’azinu, repeated in the book of Revelation.
Revelation 13:9 If any man have an ear let him hear.
Revelation 15:3,4 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints. Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you only are holy; for all nations shall come and worship before you; for your judgments are made manifest.
1. What is it that people are suppose to hear? How do we act on knowing all that is listed in the above verses about our G-d?
2. During the days that the book of Revelation is taking place why would it be particularly important to remember all these attributes of our G-d?
Psalm 89:26-29 He shall cry to me, You are my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make Him my firstborn higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for Him forever more, and my covenant shall stand fast with Him. His seed also will I make to endure forever, and His throne as the days of heaven.
1. Who is this verse talking about? Who are His seed?
2. How do you explain that the Lamb is the Rock of my salvation?
During these days of Succot, we can also sing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb as we rejoice in all that our G-d is to us – Our Father, The One who is Great, Marvelous, Just, True, Righteous, Upright and our ROCK! Who can we tell about our great G-d this week?
With whom can we share His Words that forgive our sins, free us and give us purpose?