(c)1997 Rabbi David Markel Hall
Torah: Devarim (Deut.) 32:1-52
Haftorah: Hos14:2-10,Mic7:18-20,Joe2:15-17

Ha’azinu means "you pay attention" or "you heed with your understanding" or simply "you listen to me". He is telling hashamayim, "the heavens, you listen to the words I am speaking to you."

v’tish’mah Then he continues, "and you, the earth, v’tish’mah hear and obey the words of my mouth." G-d is commanding the heavens to listen and the earth to obey. The heavens are in alignment with His will already, as can be seen in t’hilah hatalmidim (the disciples prayer, Matthew 6:9-13). T’hilah hatalmidim also shows us that the earth is not yet lined up with His will (Matthew 6:10). It is our responsibility to make the earth align with His will as are the heavens.

There are many exciting messianic inferences in this poem given to us by HaShem. We will only focus on a few here. Devarim 32:8, "… He set the bounds of the people according to the number of the sons of Israel." The descendants of Jacob determine the boundaries or size of the nations. This is exciting for those who have knowledge of the destiny of the sons of HaShem. It continues, "For the Lord’s portion is His people, Ya’akov (Israel) is His inheritance." This expands the meaning of the earlier part of the verse (see in Isaiah 14:2). It is speaking of a time when Moshiach will give the inheritance to His people. "And He made them suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock."

Tzur / Sela' The first "rock" is  sela, a craggy rock or stronghold, and the second is tzur understood to be G-d/Messiah, the same "Rock" as in verse 4.

Verse 15 is awesome. It says "Then he forsook the God who made him, and lightly esteemed the tzur Rock of his Yeshua (salvation)" This tells us that not many of Ya’akov’s descendants will give homage to "Yeshua, his Rock." This reminds me so much of the Havdalah prayers. Henay El Yeshuati "Behold G-d is my Yeshua (salvation)" … HaShem v’yehi lileYeshua, "YHVH has become Yeshua" etc..

Another verse that struck me while studying is "They moved me to jealousy with a ‘no god’; … and I will move them to jealousy with a ‘no people’; …" (see 1 Peter 2:10)

Joel 2:15-18 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16) Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17) Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare your people, O LORD, and give not your heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? 18) Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

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