Last Words

Saturdays: The Sabbath Torah Portions
Deuteronomy 7:12—9:3

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The last words of one about to die often have a powerful urgency about them. Such is the case for Moses and the entire Book of Deuteronomy. God has told Moses that he will not be permitted to enter the Promised Land because of the complaint Moses expressed to God about God’s compassion on his thirsty people in Numbers 20. Moses wants to be sure that future generations are extremely careful about their attitude to God and God’s ways.

Take to heart, therefore, these words of Moses; he does not speak lightly. Reflect upon the power of suggestion. Some things can either lead us to God, or drag us away, by the connection they have either with God or what is opposed to God.

Moses speaks his last words to God’s people—and to you and me. How do you know that these are not among the last words you shall ever hear?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Thy blessing upon my works 7:13
Set free by Thy outstretched arm 7:19
Only holiness within 7:26
Not by bread, but by Thy word 8:3

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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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