Chapter 11: The Promised Land is Watered by Rain of Heaven: Yah’s Eyes are always on the Promised Land
1 “Therefore, you shall love Yah your Almighty and keep His charges, His statutes, His judgments and His commandments. 2 Know today that I do not speak with your children who have not known and who have not seen the chastening of Yah your Almighty, His greatness and His mighty hand and His outstretched arm–3 His signs and His acts which He did in the midst of Egypt to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to all his land. 4 What He did to the army of Egypt, to their horses and their chariots: How He made the waters of the Red Sea overflow them as they pursued you and how Yah has destroyed them to this day. 5 What He did for you in the wilderness until you came to this place. 6 And what He did to Dathan and Abiram the sons of Yliab, the son of Reuben: How the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, their households, their tents and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Ysrayl (Compare to Numbers 16). 7 But your eyes have seen every great act of Yah which He did. 8 Therefore, you shall keep every commandment which I command you today, that you may be strong and go in and possess the land which you cross over to possess–9 And that you may prolong your days in the land which Yah swore to give your fathers, to them and their descendants, ‘a land flowing with milk and honey’ (Exodus 3:8). 10 For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden. 11 But the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys which drinks water from the rain of heaven–12 A land for which Yah your Almighty cares. The eyes of Yah are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year”.
Love and Obedience Rewarded: If You Are Loyal to Yah He Will Bless You
13 “And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love Yah your Almighty and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul–14 Then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine and your oil. 15 And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled. 16 Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived and you turn aside and serve the gods and worship them–17 Lest Yah’s anger be aroused against you and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain and the land yield no produce and you perish quickly from the good land which Yah is giving you”.
Where Yah’s Word Should Live
18 “Therefore, you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul and bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up. 20 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates–21 That your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which Yah swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth”.
Walk in His Ways: No Man Will be Able to Stand Against You
22 “For if you carefully keep all the commandments which I command you to do, to love Yah your Almighty, to walk in all His ways and to hold fast to Him–23 Then Yah will drive out all these nations from before you and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves. 24 Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours: From the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea (That is the Mediterranean) shall be your territory. 25 No man shall be able to stand against you. Yah your Almighty will put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to you”.
Choose the Blessing or the Curse: The Blessings Read to the People on Mount Gerizim and the Curses Read to the People on Mount Ebal
26 “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse. 27 The blessing, if you obey the commandments of Yah your Almighty which I command you today. 28 And the curse if you do not obey the commandments of Yah your Almighty but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after the gods which you have not known. 29 Now it shall be, when Yah your Almighty has brought you into the land which you go to possess, that you shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal (Compare to Deuteronomy 27:2-5; Joshua 8:30 Yahoshua told to build an altar to Yah at Mount Ebal). 30 Are they not on the other side of the Yordan, toward the setting sun, in the land of the Canaanites who dwell in the plain opposite Gilgal, beside the terebinth trees of Moreh? 31 For you will cross over the Yordan and go in to possess the land which Yah your Almighty is giving you and you will possess it and dwell in it. 32 And you shall be careful to observe all the statutes and judgments which I set before you today”.
Chapter 12: A Prescribed Place of Worship: Only One Place to Worship Yah
1 “These are the statutes and judgments which you shall be careful to observe in the land which Yah of your fathers is giving you to possess, all the days that you live on the earth. 2 You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. 3 And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars and burn their wooden images with fire. You shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place. 4 You shall not worship Yah your Almighty with such things. 5 But you shall take your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the heave offerings of your hand, your vowed offerings, your freewill offerings and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. 7 And there you shall eat before Yah your Almighty and you shall rejoice in all to which you have put your hand, you and your households, in which Yah your Almighty has blessed you. 8 You shall not at all do as we are doing here today–every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes. 9 For as yet you have not come to the rest and the inheritance which Yah your Almighty is giving you. 10 But when you cross the Yordan and dwell in the land which Yah your Almighty is giving you to inherit and He gives you rest from all your enemies round about, so that you dwell in safety–11 Then there will be the place where Yah your Almighty chooses to make His name abide. There you shall bring all that I command you. Your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the heave offerings of your hand and all your choice offerings which you vow to Yah. 12 And you shall rejoice before Yah your Almighty, you and your sons and your daughters, your male and female servants and the Levite who is within your gates, since he has no portion nor inheritance with you. 13 Take heed to yourself that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every place that you see–14 But in the place which Yah chooses, in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your offerings and there you shall do all that I command you”.
Feast Before Yah and the Levite Is Among You
15 “However, you may slaughter and eat meat within all your gates whatever your heart desires, according to the blessings of Yah your Almighty which He has given you. The unclean and the clean may eat of it, of the gazelle and the deer alike. 16 You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or your new wine or your oil, of the firstborn of your herd or your flock, of any of your offerings which you vow, of your freewill offerings or of the heave offering of your hand. 18 But you must eat them before Yah your Almighty in the place which Yah your Almighty chooses, you and your son and your daughter, your male and your female servant and the Levite who is within your gates and you shall rejoice before Yah your Almighty in all to which you put your hands. 19 Take heed to yourself that you do not forsake the Levite as long as you in your land”.
20 “When Yah your Almighty enlarges your border as He has promised you and you say, “Let me eat meat” because you long to eat meat, you may eat as much meat as your heart desires. 21 If the place where Yah your Almighty chooses to put His name is too far from you, then you may slaughter from your herd and from your flock which Yah has given you, just as I have commanded you and you may eat within your gates as much as your heart desires. 22 Just as the gazelle and the deer are eaten, so you may eat them, the unclean and the clean alike may eat them. 23 Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life. You may not eat the life with the meat. 24 You shall not eat it. You shall pour it on the earth like water. 25 You shall not eat it, that it may go well with you and your children after you, when you do what is right in the sight of Yah. 26 Only the qodesh things which you have and your vowed offerings, you shall take and go to the place which Yah chooses. 27 And you shall offer your burnt offerings, the meat and the blood, on the altar of Yah your Almighty and the blood of your sacrifices shall be poured out on the altar of Yah your Almighty and you shall eat the meat. 28 Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of Yah your Almighty”.
Worship Yah the Right Way: Beware of the Gods (Fallen Angels)
29 “When Yah your Almighty cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess and you displace them and dwell in their land–30 Take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you and that you do not inquire after their gods saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I will do likewise’. 31 You shall not worship Yah your Almighty in that way, for every abomination to Yah which He hates they have done to their gods. For they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. 32 Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it. You shall not add to it nor take away from it.” (Compare to Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:6, Revelation 22:18-19).