Shofetim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9)

Posted on Aug 30, 2014

083014t.pat By Patrick Shannon.  Our Torah portion this week is Shofetim. It means Judges. Deuteronomy 16:18 thru 21:9.

And I’m about to share one thing that if you listen and obey this one command it will completely change your life. It’s something you eat, it guarantees success and prosperity, it will completely transform you into a totally new person, perfectly pleasing to Yahweh, asking whatever you wish and it will be done, One thing.   Let’s look up Deuteronomy 18:9-12. When you come into the land which Yahweh your Elohim is giving you, do not learn to do according to the abominations of those nations. Let no one be found among you who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices divination or a user of magic or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, which involves chemicals and mixtures, or one who conjures spells or a medium or a spiritist or one who calls up the dead for whoever does these is an abomination to Yahweh, and because of these abominations Yahweh your Elohim drives them out before you. Be perfect before Yahweh your Elohim. In context a better translation of perfect, (I looked up) is entirely.

For these nations whom you are possessing do listen to those using magic or to diviners, but as for you, Yahweh your Elohim has not appointed such for you.

We are spiritual creatures, we love the spiritual, we love the miraculous, we are fascinated by the supernatural, we fantasize about having superpowers, from the times that we’re children and some of our most popular movies are about superheroes, and little wizards, and people with superhuman power, but we are not to indulge in the spiritualism of the world. What Yahweh has for us is far, far more powerful. Yahweh, your Elohim shall raise up for you a prophet like me from your midst, from your brothers, listen to him. (continued on audio)