There are five references to fire in this passage. Life-giving as well as destructive aspects are given. Relate your awareness of fire here with others instances of fire in the Bible. Fire manifested God to Moses in the Burning Bush (Ex 3:2–3); it was fire that revealed the fullness of God’s outpoured presence to the disciples on Pentecost (Acts 2).
Though Moses speaks about the presence of God in the fire on Mount Sinai, here God’s word comes to the people with Moses on a level plain, similar to the contrast of Matthew and Luke. For purposes of theology, and not only history, Matthew places the words of Jesus in a sermon “on the mount,” while Luke has Jesus speak “on the level.”
So let Moses speak to you— “level” with you—about God as the absolute priority in your life. You are not only reading, but also listening to the Spirit as fire in your heart is set by these words that burn within.
What are these?
Obedient to Thy will 4:1
Holding fast to Thee, my God 4:4
You are near me when I call 4:7
Seeking Thee with heart and soul 4:29
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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