The Parashah for this week is called Ki-Tetzeh — “When You Go Out.”
*Deuteronomy 21:21, 22:21, 22:22, 22:24; 24:7; 23:14. “Thus you shall purge away the evil from among you”. As mentioned last week, the word for “purge” may also be translated “to burn, kindle or root out”. There are many situations and circumstances dealt with in these passages (some of necessity not making for the most pleasant reading) pointing to the fact that it is of great importance that God’s people be ‘set apart’ and clean—both morally and physically, personally and as a community “since the LORD your God walks in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to defeat your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy; and He must not see anything indecent among you or He will turn away from you”.
We find Psalm 101 to be especially pertinent in applying this same principle to our hearts and homes today, especially verses 2-4: “I will be careful to lead a blameless life—when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil!” (NIV)
*Deuteronomy 23:5. “Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.”
*Deuteronomy 23:7. “You shall not abhor an Egyptian, because you were an alien in his land.” We believe this admonition to be still in effect today.
PLEASE PRAY for a love for Egypt among the Body in Israel. Pray for the Body in Egypt to rise up in faith and love and hope…and moving in the miraculous power of the Spirit of God. Pray that relations be strengthened between the two countries! God has promised that there will one day be a highway of holiness stretching from Egypt through Israel to Assyria to the north.
*Deuteronomy 25:19. “Therefore it shall come about when the LORD your God has given you rest from all your surrounding enemies, in the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you must not forget.”
This is “Our Part” of the promise made a few months ago in Exodus 17:14-16:
“Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar and named it The LORD is My Banner; and he said, ‘The LORD has sworn; the LORD will have war against Amalek from generation to generation.’”
*Isaiah 54:2-3. “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.”
PLEASE PRAY: That Israel will come into that place of righteousness in her Messiah which will allow God to extend her borders to encompass the territory which He has ordained for her, a territory from which she will never be plucked up.
*Isaiah 54:5. “For your Maker is your husband, YHVH of Hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.”
PLEASE PRAY: For revelation in Israel that God loves him in an intimate way—and has provided a “Redeemer” for him, who is One with the Father. “All things came into being through Him (i.e. Yeshua/Jesus), and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (John 1:3).
*Isaiah 54:7-8. “‘For a mere moment I have forsaken you, but with great mercies I will gather you. With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,’ says the LORD, your Redeemer.”
*Isaiah 54:10. “‘For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has mercy on you.”
– Friends in Jerusalem
[The Parashah for next week is called Ki-Tavo — “When You Come Into…”: TORAH: Deuteronomy 26:1—29:9; HAFTARAH: Isaiah 60:1-22.]