[Devarim 32 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)
1 Give ear, O ye heavens [Shomayim], and I will speak; and hear, O earth [Ha'Aretz], the words of My mouth.
2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain [matar], My speech shall distil as the dew [tal], as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass [esev]:
3 Because I will publish the name [Shem] of Yahweh: ascribe ye greatness unto our Elohim.
4 He is the Rock [Tzur], His work is perfect [po'al is tamim]: for all His ways are judgment [mishpat]: Ail of truth [El Emunah] and without iniquity [avel], just [tzaddik] and right [yashar] is He.
As in nature, then, so in grace, no bow can be seen but in a day of rain. At present every thing is dried up and parched. "All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof as the flower of the field; the grass withereth, the flower fadeth; because the spirit of Yahweh bloweth upon it; surely the people is grass; but the word (preached) of our Elohim shall stand to the hidden period" (Isai. xl. 6).
Such being the past, and present, and the future till the lightnings cease to flash, and the thunders to roll forth from the throne, no rainbow can or will be seen. It is now a day of perdition for want of rain. The people are withered, and shrivelled up for want of moisture; for their clergies are wells without water, dry clouds driven about of winds, withered trees without fruit, from whom no spiritual sustenance can be derived. A day of rain is the opposite of all this...
This is the rejoicing of the nations with Israel, all blessed in Abraham and his Seed "in the day of rain" -- the third day in which Israel is raised up, and lives in Yahweh's sight; whose going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto them as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth (Hos. vi. 2,3); see also Joel ii. 21-29, in which it is foretold that the Spirit shall be rained down upon all flesh to the praise of the Name of Yahweh Elohim in the midst of Israel, dwelling in Zion, his holy mountain; "then shall Jerusalem be holiness, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more."
The symbol of all this blessedness and glory in the day of rain is the "rainbow circling about the throne in appearance like to an emerald." The light green, the predominant color, typifying the fertilizing effect of the rain that forms the bow. The grass of the earth has become tender. It is then no longer tough and withered, and parched. The old grass has perished; and emerald fertility obtains on every side; for the covenanted glory of Yahweh covers the earth as the waters the area of the deep.
8 When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
THE NATURAL CONSTITUTION OF THE FLESH
Now, consider Adam in the garden of Eden; he had the instruction of the Father by the angels; for, as I admitted on Tuesday night last, he would not have known, in the absence of experience, how to walk or how to look at things, without this supernatural instruction.
Those impressions which we get slowly from experience as children he got direct; as in the case of the apostles on the day of Pentecost upon whose brains the Spirit wrought those scholastic results which in the natural order of things could only be got at by five or seven years' grinding: and who were therefore able to speak foreign languages in a moment without learning.
Adam was driven out of Eden because of disobedience. He was therefore thrown back upon himself, so to speak, and he soon found in himself and his progeny how weak and evil a thing the flesh is, for his first son was a murderer.
And because disobedience or sin, was the cause of his expulsion, and that sin was the result of the desires of the flesh, and because all the desires that are natural to the flesh organisation are because of native ignorance, in directions forbidden, there is no exaggeration, no high figure in talking of sin in the flesh.
It is Paul's figure. He speaks of "sin that dwelleth in me, " and as he defines me to be "my flesh, " sin that dwelleth in me is "sin in the flesh"—a metonym for those impulses which are native to the flesh, while knowledge of God and of duty is not native to the flesh. I cannot do better than read what Paul says in Rom. 7.:
"What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin but by the law; for I had not known lust except the law had said Thou shalt not covet! But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead."
That is to say, so long as a man is not forbidden to do a certain thing, the doing is not sin. But when the law says "don't do it," then you are made conscious of the activity of the propensity to do it; and, therefore, without the law, sin is in a state of quiescence; but as soon as the law comes, you are made aware of native rebelliousness. He proceeds
"For I was alive without the law once:"
that is, while he was in ignorance of it: before he had woke to the bearing of the law upon him, as in the earlier part of his life;
"but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin—taking occasion by the commandment—deceived me, and by it slew me."
Sin in me, Paul, by the commandment, which I disobeyed by reason of sin in me, or impulses which lead to sin, slew me.
"Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. Was, then, that which is good, "
that is the law, which was a good thing, outside of him,
"made death unto me? God forbid."
But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin, by the commandment might become exceeding sinful."
It is God's purpose to make us realise our native tendency to disobedience, and our native inability to conform; for there lives not a mlan who has, in all things, conformed, except Christ.
"For we know that the law is spiritual, but I (that is, the natural Paul) am (by constitution) carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not; for what I would that I do not, but what I hate, that do I."
The natural Paul was not destroyed, but only brought into subjection, and even in that state of subjection there were many things, as every son of God experiences, such as forgetfulness of God in sleep, for the sake of illustration, which the new man would rather not be subject to, and many aspirations and spiritual achievements to which it is impossible a saint in the flesh state can attain.
The Christadelphian, Oct 1873
30 How should one [echad] chase 1 000 [elef], and two [shnayim] put 10 000 to flight, except their Rock [tzur] had sold them, and Yahweh had shut them up?
He who shall be armies...
'...an army of Samsons cannot but be invincible. It will be just the force the necessities of the situation demand.
These soldiers of the king of Israel will not only be the goodly horses ridden by the Saints, but they will be the long, or far reaching, sword of their Commander, and his bow and arrow, battle axe, and new sharp threshing instrument with teeth. "I declare," saith the Spirit, "that I will render double to thee; when I have bent Judah for me, and filled the (Judah) bow with (the) Ephraim (arrow), and raised up thy sons, 0 Zion, against thy sons, 0 Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man. And YAHWEH shall be seen over and his arrow (Ephraim) shall go forth as lightning and Adonai YAHWEH shall blow the trumpet, and his arrow (Ephraim) shall go forth as the lightning: and whirlwinds of Teman" (Zech. 9:13).
Sons of Greece takes our minds to the 2 brass mountains of Zechariah's vision - these being the northern and southern mountains of the Latter Day superpowers arraigned against each other in confrontation over the holy land. Brass (Dan 2:32) because the territories are Grecian historically - the Ptolemies in Egypt and Selucides to the North.
A sea lashed into fury by the four winds of the heaven, and the bursting flames of the Seven Lamps of fire, which are the Seven Spirits of the Deity sent forth from the throne into all the earth (ch. 4:5; 5:6), is not a "glassy sea".
A sea of Mediterranean nations, commingled with armies of valiant and lion-like Israelites, one of whom, like Samson of old, shall chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, commanded by the 144,000, and executing the tormenting judgments of the Second and Third Angels, upon Babylon and its Beast, and Image, and Mark, and number of its Name; and upon the dominions outlying, or "without the city," until the end of the Sixteen Hundred Furlongs of time - is a sea commingled with fire burning with brimstone; in other words, it is a "Lake of Fire"; in which, while "the war of that great day of the Almighty Deity" is in continuance, the Beast and his False Prophet, and the ejected wicked, slothful, and unprofitable servants of the One-Talent class of saints, are all being scorched and tormented in the presence of the Holy Angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: who shall tread these wicked as ashes under the soles of their feet (Mal. 4:3), which are then "as pillars of fire" "burning in a furnace" (Apoc. 10:1; 1:15).
This is vengeance in the day of vengeance, affording a practical illustration of Paul's saying, that "the Deity is a consuming fire"; and that "it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Heb. 10:31; 12:29).
But, how different the condition of the called, and chosen, and faithful saints of the two-and-five-talent class at this time! In the day of His vengeance there are among the nations wailing, blaspheming, and gnashing of teeth; but, on the other hand, "the righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous; verily there is Elohim judging in the earth" (Psa. 58:10-11).
Thus, the events of this third part of the sixth vial are an organization and preparation of the Stone-Power -- the cutting of the Stone out of the mountain without hands (Dan. ii. 45); for the work of smiting Nebuchadnezzar's Image on the feet, and of reducing the broken pieces to powder, light as the chaff of the summer threshing floors, that all may be carried away of the tempest and found no more.
The Stone-Power is constituted of the Eternal Spirit, or Deity, manifested in Jesus and the Saints, "glorified together," and directing and leading the tribes of Israel, and the mixed multitude commingled with them. At this time, and thus officered and commanded, Israel will have arrived at "their latter end;" have been made "willing;" and have been energized for "one to chase a thousand, and for two to put ten thousand of their enemies to flight" .
"Yahweh Elohim," the Spirit incarnate in Jesus and his Brethren, "is with them; and the shout of the King is among them." They have now "the strength of the unicorn; and are risen up as a great lion, and lifted up as a young lion; and shall not lie down until he devour the prey, and drink the blood of the slain."
The time now comes for the King of Israel to be higher than Gog, or Agag; and for his kingdom to be exalted. Thus officered, and commanded by Michael the Great Prince, "he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows." In this third part of the sixth vial, the Star of Jacob prepares to shine forth as Israel's Sceptre, and to smite the princes of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth -- him that remaineth of the city (Num. xxiii. 21,24; xxiv. 7,8,14,17-19).
36 For Yahweh shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left [slave or free].
37 And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock [tzur] in whom they trusted,
38 Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices [zevakhim], and drank the wine [yayin] of their drink offerings [nesakhim]? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection [shelter].
Rival sacrificial altars to false gods: So there were parallels between false and true worship.
39 See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no Elohim with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
I, even I, am He, There is no Elohim with me
God is one, and He has no peer: as He says... He has no divine feminine with Him.
...But He is all we could wish Him to be. What of loveliness we may conceive as appertaining to the feminine, dwells in Him: for He created the feminine. The fountain of it is in Himself. It is His invention. He is love and pity infinite, but also wisdom unerring; constructiveness, superb: and executiveness, terrible to the point of being "a consuming fire"; vast and sublime in all His ways and all His thoughts: as much above the thoughts and ways of man as heaven is above the earth.
"He is a great King": not a queen--but more lovely than any queen we ever imagined. He is the perfect masculine of which man in his best form is a poor reflex ;--and no reflex at all, when he is harsh, and churlish, and rude, and selfish. Because God, as the eternal masculine, is head, therefore, man, the image of His glory, is head in the human sphere; and a man and not a woman, the Saviour; and, therefore, a male and not a female animal, to be chosen from the herd as his type..."a burnt sacrifice of the herd... a male without blemish"
Law of Moses Ch 23.
40 For I lift up my hand to heaven [Shomayim], and say, I live for ever [Chai Anochi L'Olam].
Revelation not only tells us that "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all", but that "with him is the fountain of life" (Psa. 36:9), that He is the living God who giveth life unto all (Acts 17:25): that His Spirit creates life (Psa. 104:30): that in Him we are embraced as a unity which fills heaven and earth (Jer. 23:24): and from whose presence it is impossible we can go (Psa. 139:7; Heb. 4:13).
He dwells in light and is light and power, but by His Spirit, of which His person is the corporeal nucleus, He fills immensity -- "Our Father, which art in heaven" -- and yet Who is everywhere present in the effluence of His Spirit, perceiving and influencing and controlling. He says, "I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever" (Deut. 32:40), and yet "Can any hide himself from me that I shall not see him? Do not I fill heaven and earth?" (Jer. 23:24).
This revelation of God supplies a conception of Him that is useful in the present connection. It exhibits Him in relation to life what the sun is with reference to the light of our solar system -- with this difference, that He is life essential, inherent and inextinguishable, whereas the sun is but a gigantic mass of materials giving off light by electrical combustion -- in fact, a large electric light placed in space by the Creative Power.
The Creative Power is ONE -- "beside whom there is no God" (Isaiah) -- illimitable in the subtle extension of the Spirit, yet a Creative Being located "in Light", "dwelling" in heaven, yet having a simultaneous presence through boundless immensity. He is life in this aspect of totality. Life in other creatures is derived from him.
Law of Moses Ch 28
Deuteronomy Chapter 32 (Brother Thomas' translation)
35 "To me belongeth vengeance and recompense.
36 Yahweh shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone.
39 See now that I, even I am He (the Promised Seed), and that there are none of elohim (Ahyim Elohim) with me; I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal; neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
40 For I lift up my hand to the heavens (Apoc. 10:5,6), and say, I am the Living One of the Olahm (or Millennium).
41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to thine enemies, and I will reward them that hate me.
42 I will make mine arrows (the Ten Tribes) drunk with blood, and my sword (Judah) shall devour flesh with the blood of the slain, and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy".
43 Therefore, "0 ye nations, his people, cause ye to rejoice; for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful to his Land and to his people".
The purpose of the second and third angel-judgments is fourfold;
first, to avenge the blood of the saints and witnesses of Jesus shed by the spiritual and temporal rulers of the Graeco-Latin nations;
secondly, to render vengeance to the rebellious who refuse to obey the gospel announced in the First Angel-proclamation;
thirdly, to develop the mercy decreed for Yahweh's land and the twelve tribes of Israel; and,
fourthly, that all adversaries being subdued, the surviving population of the earth may rejoice as the reconciled people of the Holy One of Israel, in whom, and in his father Abraham, all the families of the earth are blessed.
When these judgments of the Second and Third Angels are all exhausted, and the smoke of them consequently ceases to ascend, mankind will then come to know that "there is none like the AlL of Yeshurun (the Strength of Israel) riding the heavens in thy help, and with his majesty the clouds.
The Elohim of the East elohai kedem, (Apoc. 16:12), a refuge, and underneath the Powers of Olahm (the Lamb with the 144,000). He shall thrust out the enemy from before thee, and shall say, Destroy! Then Israel shall dwell in safety alone.
The Fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew." Then it may be truly said, "Happy art thou, 0 Israel; who is like unto thee, 0 people saved by Yahweh, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thine exaltation! Also thine enemies shall be proved liars to thee, and thou shalt tread upon their high places" (Deut. 33:26-29).