Precepts & Principles of the Torah 40 – Deuteronomy

Precepts and Principles of the Torah - Deuteronomy

We have now reached our 40th installment of the Precepts and Principles of the Torah series.

Most of Deuteronomy is simply review, or filling in some details on how to keep the various commandments that have already been given in the other books.

My intention is to hopefully make this a DVD set, so that anyone wanting to keep the Torah will have a resource and video series to help them do just that.

And speaking of that, Yahweh says:

Deuteronomy 6:1-2 – “Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which Yahweh your Mighty One has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess,
2 “that you may fear Yahweh your Mighty One, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.

Deuteronomy 6:3 – “Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as Yahweh Elohim of your fathers has promised you–`a land flowing with milk and honey.’

Moshe had just finished repeating the Ten Commandments, and recalling the narrative that was associated with Him giving those commandments. His desire is that they would have a fear of Yahweh, so that they would keep His commandments and dwell in the land Yahweh had given them forever. We all know how that turned out. There were moments of great glory as the nation turned to righteousness, but by and large much of the time they were walking in disobedience.

It was still a problem in the first century, as Yahushua had to rebuke those who by all appearances seemed to have a desire to walk in righteousness and had obtained great respect in Judah, the scribes and Pharisees. It wasn’t the ones who knew they were wicked that gave Yahushua a hard time, it was the ones who claimed to follow Yahweh that put Him on the tree.

I can say the same has been true for me personally. I don’t get much flak from unbelievers in my area, usually all of the problems come from people who claim to follow Him. So just because people may appear to be a sheep, they may actually be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Matthew 7:15-16 – “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16 “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

So what is the fruit?

Matthew 7:17-19 – “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Matthew 7:20-21 – “Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me,`Master, Master,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

The ones doing the will of our Father in Heaven are those who are bearing the good fruit.

Matthew 7:22-23 – “Many will say to Me in that day, Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them,I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

And what is the will of our Father in Heaven? The Thayer’s Greek Lexicon defines “lawlessness” as:

458 ἀνομία anomia {an-om-ee’-ah}
Meaning: 1) the condition of without law 1a) because ignorant of it 1b) because of violating it 2) contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness
Origin: from 459; TDNT – 4:1085,646; n f
Usage: AV – iniquity 12, unrighteousness 1, transgress the law + 4060 1, transgression of the law 1; 15

Notice it is “from 459.” Greek word #459 says:

459 ἄνομος anomos {an’-om-os}
Meaning: 1) destitute of (the Mosaic) law 1a) of the Gentiles 2) departing from the law, a violator of the law, lawless, wicked
Origin: from 1 (as a negative particle) and 3551; TDNT – 4:1086,646; adj
Usage: AV – without law 4, transgressor 2, wicked 2, lawless 1, unlawful 1; 10

If there is any doubt as to which law Yahushua is talking about, I hope that this gives some clarity. “Nomos” is the Greek word used to describe the law of Moses all throughout the New Testament.

So Yahushua is essentially saying the same thing that Moshe was saying. Keep the law of Yahweh. That is the key. No casting out of devils or miracles performed by men are going to be enough for one to be accepted.

And if you are going to keep the law of Yahweh, you must remember that it’s not just some list of do’s and don’ts. If we don’t understand the purpose of the law, we will not understand anything:

1 Timothy 1:5-8 – Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,
6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk,
7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.
8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,

This was the problem with the religionists of the first century. They didn’t really love Yahweh, they loved themselves:

Matthew 23:5 – But all their works they do to be seen by men.

Matthew 15:8-9 – `These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.
9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'”

John 5:39-42 – “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
40 “But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
41 “I do not receive honor from men.
42 “But I know you, that you do not have the love of Elohim in you.

This was the problem, and it continues to be the problem today. People are more loyal to men than they are to Yahweh. And so it says in our next verse of Deuteronomy:

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 – “Hear, O Israel: Yahweh our Mighty One, Yahweh is one!
5 “You shall love Yahweh your Mighty One with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

Lost in the theological interpretations of the verse proclaiming “Yahweh is one,” is the fact that He is trying to get us to see that there is only ONE who is deserving of our 100% complete loyalty. He must be first in our lives and our love for Him must never be replaced by a love for ourselves, or a love for another person.

This is why Yahushua said:

Matthew 10:36-37 – `a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’
37 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

I have experienced this “a man’s enemies will be those of his own household” many times. It is always a test of loyalty, as to whether we will be loyal to Yahweh and His word, or loyal to men who are unwilling to love Him with all of their heart, soul, and strength.

Deuteronomy 13:1-2 – “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 “and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, Let us go after other mighty ones’– which you have not known–and let us serve them,’

Deuteronomy 13:3-4 – “you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for Yahweh your Mighty One is testing you to know whether you love Yahweh your Mighty One with all your heart and with all your soul.
4 “You shall walk after Yahweh your Mighty One and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.

Every one of us will face this test as believers. Whether we will be loyal to Yahweh or to men. King Saul failed this test, whereas King David passed it. The scribes and Pharisees failed this test, but Yahushua’s disciples passed it.

This unwillingness to love Yahweh with all of ones heart, soul and strength is the root issue of why Israel fell away time and time again. Yahweh would judge them and let them know what it’s like to serve the devil, but then – out of self-interest sometimes – they would call out to Yahweh and ask Him to deliver them. He would, hoping that they would see that there is no other Elohim but Him, and He loves us enough to forgive us when we turn our hearts back to Him.

But giving someone grace doesn’t always result in someone choosing to love Yahweh.

Isaiah 26:10 – Let grace be shown to the wicked, Yet he will not learn righteousness;

For us, I hope it does cause us to want to love Yahweh in return. As the scripture says:

1 John 4:19-21 – We love Him because He first loved us.
20 If someone says, “I love Elohim,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love Elohim whom he has not seen?
21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves Elohim must love his brother also.

So if one wants to say that they love Yahweh, they must also love their brother. It is not possible to love Yahweh unless you do love your fellow man. Also, it is not possible to love your fellow man unless you do love Yahweh

1 John 5:2-3 – By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and keep His commandments.
3 For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

And so there are three evidences that we have the love of Yahweh in us.

  • When faced with a decision to be loyal to Yahweh or men, we choose Yahweh
  • We love our brother, our neighbor, and even our enemy
  • We keep His commandments

Now I have a full teaching on the importance of loving Yahweh at:

And a I have a full teaching on the oneness of Yahweh and whether or not the Trinity and Oneness doctrines are biblical at:

Continuing in the book of Deuteronomy chapter 6:

Deuteronomy 6:7 – “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

The word translated “diligently” in this verse is a very interesting word:

08150 שָׁנַן shanan {shaw-nan’}
Meaning: 1) to sharpen, whet 1a) (Qal) to whet, sharpen 1b) (Piel) to sharpen, teach (incisively) 1c) (Hithpolel) to be pierced
Origin: a primitive root; TWOT – 2422; v
Usage: AV – sharp 4, whet 2, sharpen 1, prick 1, teach diligently 1; 9

“The verb sh¹nâ is used of the repetition of an action”

Other related Hebrew words

Now if someone has a knife and they want to sharpen it, they will get out the sharpening stone, and run the blade across the sharpening stone. How many times do they run that blade across the stone? Once? Certainly not. MANY times.

It takes a willingness to repeat Yahweh’s commands to our children again and again. Don’t fret. Parents often say, “How many times must I tell you…?”

Scripture says many times. Like sharpening a stone or sharpening an arrow or sword. We are forming our children into arrows:

Psalm 127:3-5 – Behold, children are a heritage from Yahweh, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Children are like arrows in our hands, and a quiver full of children results in a home that can ultimately become a powerhouse of faith against the enemy. But the children do need to be trained, and that takes time, that takes energy, that takes patience, kindness, longsuffering, a forgiving heart, a willingness to bear their burdens, and many other fruits of the spirit.

If we do not have fruits of the spirit, we will not be successful and training them to bear those fruits. More is caught than taught. You can’t fool your children into thinking you are more righteous than you really are. They may not notice until they’re teenagers, but eventually they will catch on to your game.

Today, there are so many things to distract us from being the kind of parents we need to be. Today, the question must be asked, “How can we talk of them to our children when sit in our house, when we walk by the way, when we lie down and when we rise up” if we rarely even talk to them at all?

Or, “How can we talk of them to our children when sit in our house, when we walk by the way, when we lie down and when we rise up” if we are rarely ever home and we send them away to the government schools every day?

Proverbs 13:20– He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. 

Surely we wouldn’t let a little child play in the street because we know about the risk of their physical death. Why then would we send them into the dangerous playground of this unbelieving generation where there is such a great risk of spiritual destruction? No! We must protect the children within our walled city and train their hands and minds for war until they are ready to do battle. YES, absolutely yes, this means that the children are schooled and taught at home. I do not believe that children of Yahweh should be raised in government schools. It is not the responsibility of the government to teach our children. It is not even the responsibility of the congregation to teach our children. The Torah says it is our own responsibility to teach our children. 

If we really want to raise up a righteous generation in the midst of a crooked and perverse one, then we need to be together. I believe the best arrangement is usually that Mom, Dad and the children are normally all together in the same house throughout the course of a day. If we want to fulfill the vision, and heed the call, then men NEED to be with their families as much as possible. This practice of going off to work every day and children going off to school every day is so very often terribly destructive to homes and relationships! Fathers are strongly encouraged to do what it takes to work from home, even if it means having to lower your standard of living. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob didn’t send their children out of the home to be with transgressors while they went out and worked for transgressors. I believe this is a good example for us. Because it is such an evil time, we must be very much on guard and watching over our nest.

Proverbs 27:8 – Like a bird that wanders from its nest Is a man who wanders from his place.

Too often, the adults at various assemblies and meetings engage in high level conversations with one another about the scriptures while the children just sit there bored, squirming in their seats and getting into trouble because they have no clue what is going on or what anyone is even talking about.

While some conversations may be above the capabilities of a child, too often it is because they don’t know the scriptures.

Too often, the adults at various assemblies and meetings engage in high level conversations with one another about the scriptures while the children just sit there bored, squirming in their seats and getting into trouble because they have no clue what is going on or what anyone is even talking about. While some conversations may be above the capabilities of a child, too often it is because they don’t know the scriptures. By the time they reach teen-age years, it is often too late because the prime age of influence and impressionability is long gone.

So then as they get older and want to socialize with other of their own age group, other teens have already learned to goof off instead of caring about anything Yahweh has to say. So then they learn the ways of other teens rather than learning the ways of Yahweh from their parents. Fathers need to wake up!

Deuteronomy 4:8-9 – “And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?
9 “Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,

Deuteronomy 4:10 – “especially concerning the day you stood before Yahweh your Mighty One in Horeb, when Yahweh said to me,`Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’

Notice that Yahweh wants us to teach them to our children and He also wants them to be taught to our grandchildren! This means that He wants us to leave a heritage of righteousness that extends beyond our own generation. He desires that we make such a positive impression in our children’s hearts, that they will pass it on to their children.

Also notice in verse 10 that one of the intentions Yahweh had when giving His commandments in Horeb was that Israel teach them to their children. 

With this, other scriptures agree:

Deuteronomy 6:18-19 – “And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of Yahweh, that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land of which Yahweh swore to your fathers, 19 “to cast out all your enemies from before you, as Yahweh has spoken.

Deuteronomy 6:20-22 – When your son asks you in time to come, saying, What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which Yahweh our Mighty One has commanded you?’ 21 “then you shall say to your son:We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and Yahweh brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand;
22 `and Yahweh showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household.

Deuteronomy 6:23-25 – Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers.
24 And Yahweh commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear Yahweh our Mighty One, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. 25 Then it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before Yahweh our Mighty One, as He has commanded us.’

And again:

Deuteronomy 32:46 – and He said to them: “Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe– all the words of this law.

So Yahweh’s expectation is that our children are diligently taught His ways. Consider also one of the purposes of the observances He commands:

Exodus 12:26-27 “And it shall be, when your children say to you, What do you mean by this service?’ 27 “that you shall say,It is the Passover sacrifice of Yahweh, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.'” So the people bowed their heads and worshiped.

Exodus 13:7-9 – “Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters.
8 “And you shall tell your son in that day, saying,`This is done because of what Yahweh did for me when I came up from Egypt.’
9 “It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that Yahweh’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand Yahweh has brought you out of Egypt.
shalt say unto him, By strength of hand Yahweh brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:

Exodus 10:1-2 – Now Yahweh said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him,
2 “and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son’s son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am Yahweh.”

Leviticus 23:42-43 – You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, 43 that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am Yahweh your Mighty One.'”. 

Deuteronomy 31:10-11 – And Moses commanded them, saying: “At the end of every seven years, at the appointed time in the year of release, at the Feast of Tabernacles,
11 “when all Israel comes to appear before Yahweh your Mighty One in the place which He chooses, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing.

Deuteronomy 31:12-13 – “Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear Yahweh your Mighty One and carefully observe all the words of this law,
13 “and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear Yahweh your Mighty One as long as you live in the land which you cross the Jordan to possess.”

Can we see again the expectation of Yahweh here?

One of the reasons Yahweh has these feasts is so that our children will know and remember His law and His mighty works.

Parents should not expect others to do their job of teaching their children during the feasts while they find other things to do. Teaching children should therefore be a major focus of any feast we have. The children should not be ignored and sent off to play during the feasts.

Now I say this with one caveat… some of us have children that almost never get any interaction from other children who are genuine believers. So in that case, I have no issue with your children spending lots of time with other children their age at the feasts, as long as it is with people that you trust.

I have noticed that often the world is successful in keeping their children tied to pagan holidays by appealing to their carnality via gifts & candies. It seems to me that we ought to find ways to tie the strings of our children’s hearts to Yahweh by truly fulfilling their spiritual needs when we observe the true holy-days of Yahweh. 

Of Abraham it was said:

Genesis 18:19 – “For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of Yahweh, to do righteousness and justice, that Yahweh may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”

We can also be known by Yahweh as that kind of parents! Yahweh would have never been the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, if Abraham didn’t do his job as a father.

And withing the Torah alone, there were at least 11 times where Yahweh gave a command, admonition or spoke about the need to teach our children His ways. This concept is repeated in the book of Psalms:

Psalm 78:1-3 – Psalm 78:1 Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,
3 Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us.

Psalm 78:4-5 – We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of Yahweh, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.
5 For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children;

Psalm 78:6-8 – That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children,
7 That they may set their hope in Elohim, And not forget the works of Elohim, But keep His commandments;
8 And may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to Elohim.

The generation of Israelites who came out of the wilderness and into the land of Canaan failed in this area. Scripture says:

Judges 2:10-11 – When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know Yahweh nor the work which He had done for Israel.
11 Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of Yahweh, and served the Baals;

This is not what we want to happen to our children. We want our children to “know Yahweh” and the “work which He has done” for us, Israel.

It is clearly Yahweh’s expectation that we teach His ways to the next generation. Yahweh wants a righteous generation to be brought forth from our homes. Indeed, He has indicated that this is one of the purposes for marriage:

Malachi 2:11-12 – Judah has dealt treacherously, And an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem, For Judah has profaned Yahweh’s holy institution which He loves: He has married the daughter of a foreign mighty one.
12 May Yahweh cut off from the tents of Jacob The man who does this, being awake and aware, Yet who brings an offering to Yahweh of hosts!

Malachi 2:13-14 – And this is the second thing you do: You cover the altar of Yahweh with tears, With weeping and crying; So He does not regard the offering anymore, Nor receive it with goodwill from your hands.
14 Yet you say, “For what reason?” Because Yahweh has been witness Between you and the wife of your youth, With whom you have dealt treacherously; Yet she is your companion And your wife by covenant.

Malachi 2:15-16 – But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks seed of Elohim. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.
16 “For Yahweh Elohim of Israel says That He hates divorce, For it covers one’s garment with violence,” Says Yahweh of hosts. “Therefore take heed to your spirit, That you do not deal treacherously.”

Many translations mistranslate “seed of Elohim” as “godly seed.” This is one of the purposes for marriage. He is wanting parents to raise their children in such a way that they will come to know Him and be one of His children.

What was happening in the book of Malachi was that men were divorcing the righteous women and marrying pagan women, as indicated by the context here:

Malachi 2:11-12 – Judah has dealt treacherously, And an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem, For Judah has profaned Yahweh’s holy institution which He loves: He has married the daughter of a foreign god.
12 May Yahweh cut off from the tents of Jacob The man who does this, being awake and aware, Yet who brings an offering to Yahweh of hosts!

Malachi lived during the time period when Israel was being ruled over by Persia. And we see that in this same time period Ezra and Nehemiah were also dealing with this same issue:

Nehemiah 13:23-25 – In those days I also saw Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.
24 And half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and could not speak the language of Judah, but spoke according to the language of one or the other people.
25 So I contended with them and cursed them, struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and made them swear by Elohim, saying, “You shall not give your daughters as wives to their sons, nor take their daughters for your sons or yourselves.

Ezra 9:1-2 – When these things were done, the leaders came to me, saying, “The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, with respect to the abominations of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.
2 “For they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, so that the holy seed is mixed with the peoples of those lands. Indeed, the hand of the leaders and rulers has been foremost in this trespass.”

Ezra 9:3 – So when I heard this thing, I tore my garment and my robe, and plucked out some of the hair of my head and beard, and sat down astonished.

So Ezra, being a mediating priest, set the tone by pulling out his own hair.

And this bring us to

Yahweh has a holy institution that Yahweh loves…marriage. And marrying the “daughter of a foreign elohim” was a way of profaning Yahweh’s holy institution. These kinds of marriages are considered to be “an abomination” in Yahweh’s eyes that can result in Yahweh cutting a person off. 

Consider the example of Solomon, who loved foreign women. Or Ahab who married Jezebel, or Jehosophat, who made the mistake of making a marriage alliance with Ahab, and had his son marry a daughter of Jezebel:

2 Chr. 18:1 – Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and by marriage he allied himself with Ahab.

2 Kings 8:16-18 – Now in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Jehoshaphat having been king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat began to reign as king of Judah.
17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife; and he did evil in the sight of Yahweh.

So in all of this, it is important that we recognize the damage that can be done if we are married to an unbeliever.

You could be teaching your children the word of Yahweh day and night, when you rise up and lie down, when you walk by the way, but if your marriage partner is a heathen… all your efforts is far more likely to end up in a disaster.

When Yahweh created man and woman, it was not His intent that they “be fruitful and multiply” children of the devil, but “be fruitful and multiply” children of Yahweh.

As we see in the various examples given, marriages between believers and unbelievers produce bad fruit. For this reason, it is very important that parents and their children are extremely careful about who they choose to marry, and that they are sure Yahweh is the one making the decision. I hope that these things drive home this point in the minds of all who read this, especially the minds of young people. To marry an unbeliever is an abomination in the eyes of Yahweh.

You need to let Yahweh write the love story between you and whomever you choose to marry. And fathers, you have a responsibility to protect your children by refusing to approve of your children marrying anyone who would not be a genuine believer. If you want to have any influence over your grandchildren, you need to be sure that your son or daughter marries someone who is a spiritually safe person. They need more than physical protection.

It was because Israel was so hard-hearted that Moshe allowed for divorce.

Matthew 19:8 – He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.

I don’t believe for a second that Moshe allowed for divorce because he believed that it was hopeless to even try and make marriages between to believers in Israel to work.

Not everyone who was Israel physically was actually Israel spiritually:

Romans 2:28-3:1 – For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh;
29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from Elohim.

And in fact, the Greek word translated “hardness of heart” is referencing unbelievers, the Greek word translated “Hardness of your hearts” is #4641″sklerokardia.” This word is also used in the Septuagint, an ancient translation of the “old testament” Hebrew scriptures into Greek which was completed 200-300 years before Yahushua was born. Examining the Septuagint’s use of Greek words can shed light on their meaning.

Notice the 2 verses where this word is used in the Septuagint, compared with the King James Version:

(Septuagint) Deuteronomy 10:16 – Therefore ye shall circumcise the hardness of your heart, and ye shall not harden your neck.

(KJV) Deuteronomy 10:16 – Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

(Septuagint) Jeremiah 4:4 – Circumcise yourselves to your [Elohim], and circumcise your hardness of heart, ye men of Juda, and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my wrath go forth as fire, and burn, and there be none to quench it, because of the evil of your devices.

(KJV) Jeremiah 4:4 – Circumcise yourselves to Yahweh, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

So the “hardness of heart” then is understood to be the “foreskins of” their hearts. Their hearts were not circumcised. Throughout all of scripture, a person with an uncircumcised heart is an unrepentant person. Thus, the presence of unbelievers among Israel was why divorce was permitted. If there weren’t any unbelievers among the nation of Israel, divorce would have been banned. That’s because “in the beginning” Yahweh made them male and female and they were both believers. And He joined them together in an inseparable bond.

Matthew 19:9 – “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”

So Yahushua says anyone who divorces his wives, except for “porneia” (A word that does refer to unbelievers [spiritual harlots] in Revelation 14:8, 17:2, 18:3 and 19:2).

The word “Porneia” also traces back to the Hebrew word Zenuth, which refers to spiritual harlots/unbelievers in Num. 14:33; Jer. 3:2, Jer. 3:9; Jer. 13:27; Ezek. 23:27; Ezek. 43:7, Ezek 43:9; and Hos. 4:11; 6:10So Yahushua’s words are in perfect agreement with the Torah, the book of Ezra, Nehemiah and Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 7.

And this lines up with

Deuteronomy 24:1 – “When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some uncleanness in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house,

The matter of “uncleanness” relates back to the Hebrew word for “nakedness.” In other words, if she is spiritually naked, not having the robe of righteousness upon her, in such a case, he says men write certificates of divorce.

This is in agreement with Deuteronomy 21:

Deuteronomy 21:10-12 – “When you go out to war against your enemies, and Yahweh your Mighty One delivers them into your hand, and you take them captive,
11 “and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and desire her and would take her for your wife,
12 “then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head and trim her nails.

Deuteronomy 21:13-14 – “She shall put off the clothes of her captivity, remain in your house, and mourn her father and her mother a full month; after that you may go in to her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife.
14 “And it shall be, if you have no delight in her, then you shall set her free, but you certainly shall not sell her for money; you shall not treat her brutally, because you have humbled her.

With foreign women, it’s hit and miss. You might have one the converts and believes, and it’s actually in the context of a marriage that it’s most likely to happen. But if they aren’t coming around, he says you can “set her free,” just as Paul says:

1 Corinthians 7:15-16 – But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But Elohim has called us to peace.
16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?

He permitted captive women to be divorced… again they were potentially women who did not join themselves to the Elohim of Israel. It all lines up as one sweet, unified word of truth. There is no difference between the Old Testament and New Testament. Yahushua even appealed to the old testament when He referenced the book of Genesis where Yahweh joined together two believers, a union that cannot be separated, which is why if one were to be divorced from a believer Paul said:

1 Corinthians 7:11 – But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.

This understanding of the divorce and remarriage issue is, to my knowledge, the only understanding that causes all of the teachings in scripture to come together as speaking one message. It also deals with the issue of people appearing as a believer on the outside, but being abusive at home. For scripture says:

1 Corinthians 5:11-6:1 – But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner– not even to eat with such a person.
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?
13 But those who are outside Elohim judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”

Therefore “put away from yourselves that evil person” is a direct quote from several verses in Deuteronomy:

Deuteronomy 17:7 – The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So you shall put away the evil from among you.

This is also found in Deuteronomy 19:19, 22:21, and 24:7.

So, this is how capital punishment was dealt with in the 1st century. For the unrepentant ones, they would be “put away” from the congregation. Basically, consider them to be divorced from the Heavenly Bridegroom. And if one can be divorced from the Heavenly Bridegroom, they can also be divorced from their earthly spouse. In fact, they aren’t even to eat with the person.

A child observing hypocrisy among their parents is probably the single biggest stumbling block a child can experience.

A full teaching on the topic of family along with 7 videos on Divorce and Remarriage, can be found at:

And this takes us back to Deuteronomy 6:

Deuteronomy 6:7-9 – “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
8 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
9 “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

With rare exception, you aren’t going to be able to correctly fulfill this commandment to “teach them diligently to your children” when you have someone else in the home teaching them diligently, by their example, to live a life in rebellion to Yahweh.

Now, I say these things with one caveat. Just as Paul said, when someone is an unbeliever and now becomes a believer they are now married to an unbeliever. It is permissible to give the other person time to change and be converted. You never know.

And there are some unbelievers who are not oppositional or defiant, and it may even do the children more harm if you were to split the family up. All of these things take prayer and seeking the counsel of elders who will really explore your situation and pray with you about what ought to be done.

But I notice that Yahweh wants His word to go from point A: His mouth, to point B: our hearts.

He wants our environment to be an environment where His words are everywhere. On our doorposts, in our homes, wherever we are.

It is His word that’s going to do the work. As parents, we need to have a home that places Yahweh’s word in ultimate authority.

Studies on Fatherhood, motherhood, Husbands, Wives & Children, Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage:

Now some have taken verse 8 to be literal, so they will tie their tefillin, small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah, on their head and on their arms. And they have this thought that the words are going to somehow supernaturally enter their minds and have some kind of supernatural effect on their works.

But I’m not convinced of this. It seems that they are to be “as a sign” and “as frontlets.” For instance, scripture says that:

Exodus 13:7-9 – “Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters.
8 “And you shall tell your son in that day, saying,`This is done because of what Yahweh did for me when I came up from Egypt.’
9 “It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that Yahweh’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand Yahweh has brought you out of Egypt.

All of the sabbaths are a sign between us and Yahweh:

Exodus 31:13 – Speak also to the children of Israel, saying:`Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies you.

So, by practicing the Sabbaths, and letting our hands rest on this day, we are binding Yahweh’s Torah as a sign on our hands. And by remembering the things that Yahweh told us to remember on these days, we are binding them “as frontlets” between our eyes, that is, in our minds.

Now in the case of writing them on the door posts, I do think that is something we should do. He didn’t say write them “as doorposts” or “as gates.” He said specifically to:

Deuteronomy 6:8 – “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

Our next precept:

Deuteronomy 6:16 – “You shall not tempt Yahweh your Mighty One as you tempted Him in Massah.

This event took place in:

Exodus 17:1-2 – Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of Yahweh, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink.
2 Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, “Give us water, that we may drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt Yahweh?”

Putting Yahweh to the test, as if.

Numbers 14:22-23 – “because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice,
23 “they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it.

The testing had to do with complaining in their circumstances and doubting whether Yahweh was going to allow them to perish in the wilderness rather than take them to the promised land. It had to do with doubting Yahweh. These things we covered at length in our 38th segment. This can also apply in other areas. Such as:

Matthew 4:5-7 – Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of Elohim, throw Yourself down. For it is written:He shall give His angels charge over you,' and,In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'”
7 Yahushua said to him, “It is written again,`You shall not tempt Yahweh your Elohim.'”

We don’t need to test Yahweh to see if His word is true. We need to believe Yahweh’s word is true, and then operate in that faith.

Deuteronomy 7:26 – Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.

This is speaking of idols, but it might apply to other things such as bringing unclean meats, or other abominable things into our home.

Deuteronomy 12:29-30 – “When Yahweh your Mighty One 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 mighty ones, saying,`How did these nations serve their mighty ones? I also will do likewise.’

Deuteronomy 12:31-32 – “You shall not worship Yahweh your Mighty One in that way; for every abomination to Yahweh which He hates they have done to their mighty ones; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their mighty ones.
32 “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.

This is very important. Yahweh is holy, and does not want His people to worship Him in the way that pagan worship their mighty ones. Those who practice Christmas and Easter are guilty of violating these commandments. I have written extensive studies on these matters at:

Moving now into Deuteronomy 18

Deuteronomy 18:17-19 – “And Yahweh said to me: What they have spoken is good.
18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.
19 `And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.

This is actually the place in scripture which commands us to obey the words of the true prophets of Yahweh, and that would include Yahushua the Messiah who is the ultimate Prophet like Moshe.

If anyone ever claims that believing in Yahushua is optional, they are greatly mistaken. The Torah requires you to believe in Yahushua.

Deuteronomy 19:15 – “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.

This is how we are supposed to operate as a body of believers. We must not accept the testimony of any single witness concerning the wrong of any other person. They need to go to that person privately and deal with it.

If they won’t hear us, bring other witnesses against them.

Matthew 18:15-17 – Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
16 “But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that`by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’
17 “And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.

Very few people practice this, but it’s a commandment in the Torah and it’s a commandment coming from Yahushua.

Deuteronomy 22:5 – “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to Yahweh your Mighty One.

This is a scripture for today’s generation, without a doubt. I have a full study on Modesty & Dress, including five videos at:

The next verse:

Deuteronomy 22:6-7 – “If a bird’s nest happens to be before you along the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, with the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young;
7 “you shall surely let the mother go, and take the young for yourself, that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days.

This scripture has to do with birds out in the wild, so the bird has the opportunity to continue to reproduce and entire species of animals going extinct. It seems to me it also speaks to the need to care for the lives of animals.

Yahweh does want us to care for the lives of animals.

Proverbs 12:10 – A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Deuteronomy 25:4 – “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.

This is a pretty high standard of animal care, but it also applies to making sure those in ministry have their needs met:

1 Timothy 5:17-18 – Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.
18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”

Continuing in Deuteronomy:

Deuteronomy 22:12 – “You shall make tassels on the four corners of the clothing with which you cover yourself.

I have a full study on this topic at:

A video will be added to that page soon which also goes into much more detail.

Deuteronomy 22:17-18 – `Now he has charged her with shameful conduct, saying, “I found your daughter was not a virgin,” and yet these are the evidences of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.
18 “Then the elders of that city shall take that man and punish him;

Deuteronomy 22:19 – “and they shall fine him one hundred shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought a bad name on a virgin of Israel. And she shall be his wife; he cannot divorce her all his days.

Someone being a virgin doesn’t seem to have much to do with a young girl’s reputation these days, but in Israelite culture it was a huge thing. And Yahweh cared enough about a woman’s reputation in this area that the evidence of woman’s virginity, namely a cloth that was used evidencing the breaking of her hymen, was preserved by the family and used to guard her reputation.

What I get out of this is that Yahweh does care about our wives feelings, and He cares about her reputation. By principle, we can apply this more broadly:

1 Peter 3:7 – Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

So, we see that even a man’s prayers can be hindered if he does not give proper honor and respect to his wife, dwelling with her with understanding.

So, the message is simple, ladies: Yahweh cares about you.

Deuteronomy 24:5 – When a man has taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war or be charged with any business; he shall be free at home one year, and bring happiness to his wife whom he has taken.

This precept is another one showing Yahweh’s love for women. He wants her to be secure in her husband’s love for her. Very few people practice this, but it is commanded.

Yahweh’s will is that a man be “free at home one year” during that first year of marriage. This would require him to save up enough income for him to do just that, or find some kind of “work at home” opportunity, whether it be farming or nowadays through the internet. Whatever it takes for him to be free at home and not require him to leave the house every day without her.

I think parents can also be instrumental in helping to provide the financial means for this to be a possibility.

Deuteronomy 24:10-11 – “When you lend your brother anything, you shall not go into his house to get his pledge.
11 “You shall stand outside, and the man to whom you lend shall bring the pledge out to you.

Basically, don’t be in such a hurry to get what is pledged to you. Be patient and not overbearing when someone borrows something from you. Show him some dignity.

Deuteronomy 24:16 – Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall the children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for his own sin.

Much is said about children not being put to death for the sins of the fathers, but if a person’s children don’t choose the way of righteousness and choose to become a believer, we should not immediately charge the parents with guilt. Yahweh created Adam and Eve and was the perfect Father in perfect world, yet they still sinned.

Deuteronomy 26:1-2 – “And it shall be, when you come into the land which Yahweh your Mighty One is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it,
2 “that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that Yahweh your Mighty One is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where Yahweh your Mighty One chooses to make His name abide.

Deuteronomy 26:12-13 – “When you have finished laying aside all the tithe of your increase in the third year– the year of tithing– and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your gates and be filled,
13 “then you shall say before Yahweh your Mighty One:`I have removed the holy tithe from my house, and also have given them to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed Your commandments, nor have I forgotten them.

Tithing is something that I believe we should be practicing today, yet among Torah observant believers it doesn’t seem particularly prevalent.

I have a full study on Giving and Tithing, consisting of 4 parts at:

So, we have come to the end of our study series on the Precepts and Principles of the Torah. And I will end with the Moshe’s final charge to Israel before pronouncing the blessings and the cursings:

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 – “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
20 “that you may love Yahweh your Mighty One, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

And then His final words to Israel are:

Deuteronomy 33:26-27 – “There is no one like the Mighty One of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to help you, And in His excellency on the clouds.
27 The eternal Elohim is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say,`Destroy!’

Deuteronomy 33:28-29 – Then Israel shall dwell in safety, The fountain of Jacob alone, In a land of grain and new wine; His heavens shall also drop dew.
29 Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by Yahweh, The shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, And you shall tread down their high places.”