We begin the fifth and final book of the first part of the Bible called the “Torah.” The title of the book “Deuteronomy,” comes from the Greek language meaning “The Second Law” because the contents of the book repeat much of what we read in earlier books of the Torah. However, the title in Hebrew comes from the first Hebrew word at the beginning of the book, Devarim, meaning “The Words.” The whole book is the words of Moses to God’s people assembled together just before the final part of their journey to the Promised Land. Since this is forty years after the Exodus, it means that all the people listening to Moses never actually went across the Red Sea that split open when God’s people went forth from Egypt from slavery to freedom. So Moses had to keep the memory of these events alive for the new listeners.
Let’s line up with the vast crowd listening to Moses talk. Picture him in your mind. What a great man! His speech is for all those about to enter the Promised Land, However, he’ll be dying soon before he gets there, because of his earlier complaining about God’s people. Watch out: don’t be a complainer!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
You with me on the journey 2:2ff
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
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 second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…