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Were you sunburned badly this past summer, saying to yourself: “I should have used sun block!” “Son block”—that is what Jesus is to the kinds of curses described in this reading. Rather than be frightened at the long list of woes that seem to outweigh the blessings, remember that when you are in Jesus, the Son blocks the effects of evil upon your life. If you walk outside of the ways of Jesus, outside of the protection that his Spirit gives, then rays of evil will fall on you mercilessly.
Were you sunburned badly this past summer, saying to yourself: “I should On the cross, Jesus completely exposed himself to the evil and hatred of the world. He “took the heat,” so that you would not have to. In Galatians 3:13 we read: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.’”
Were you sunburned badly this past summer, saying to yourself: “I should After each of the curses in the reading, add this comforting refrain: “If it weren’t for Jesus …”
Called by the name of the Lord 28:10
Never turning from Your words 28:14
Serving the Lord with gladness 28:47
If it weren’t for Jesus…28:15ff
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
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