Nehemia Gordon & Keith Johnson – Pearls from the Torah Portion – Eikev – Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

Does God send the hornet or does He send fear? Is He a terrible and dreadful God? Concerning Deuteronomy 7:26, how far should we swing from the “cursed thing”? Does “a land flowing with milk and honey” equate to a lot of cows and bees? Should we give thanks before or after a meal? Did Moses chisel the second tablets? He is the God of gods, but are there other gods?

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  1. Sandi Hayman says

    I agree that as we mature we should be able to see the scriptures in a more balanced way. As long as we study we should be learning, growing, putting aside the pride and share what we are learning not condemning those who haven’t understood yet.
    Each year I learn more and more from the same Parashat I read the years before. Truly it is the living Word of Yehovah.

  2. Catherine from South Carolina says

    Deuteronomy 33:27 KJV
    The eternal Yehovah is thy refuge,, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and He shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

    Yehovah’s part and then He tells what our part is to be.

  3. Eunice Austin says

    Hornet……..literal as well as idiomatic….I know of a case where a woman was doing evil in the property she was occupying that belonged to Christians, who eventually called the pastor. He prayed…..the next thing hornets arrived at the window and door and the woman who also claimed to be a christian said “All right Lord, I will go” and she left the property. The owners got their place back again and Shalom. So I am inclined to think that this may be literal as well. My amazement was that she recognised that the hornets had come for YHVH but still did not see her wrong nor that YHVH sent hornets against His enemies (enemies of His People). Interesting!

  4. Benjamin Whigham says

    Of course you can polish pearls…Ha, how do you think they get soo shiny and sparkly…thanks again for polishing the pearls. Nehemiah, i finished your new book that I bought from you in Clermont, it was very well written and I really loved following you through the hikes you took in the valleys.. Blessings to Yah and to you three.
    Benjamin Whigham

  5. Miriam says

    What a humbling journey we are going through in the wilderness to prepare us for entering the Land and being faithful to YeHoVah. What lovingkindness He shows to us. There is so much to learn. I have been so blessed by Torah Pearls; thanks for teaching on all the idioms today guys and a big shout out to you.

  6. Carol Melville says

    Just finished listening to the Eikev Torah Pearls. I love listening to you guys midrash the parsha every week! This week, when you were discussing Devarim 8:3, I was waiting for Keith to mention the messianic implications of this verse, but he did not specifically comment on something I see as very important. This is something that I learned a few yrs back from a teaching done by FFOZ in their “Shaddows of Messiah” Torah Club teaching. I will now quote directly from their comments:

    “The literal Hebrew of Deut. 8:3 alludes to Messiah. The Hebrew does NOT say ” A man shall not live on bread alone,” instead it says “THE man does not live by bread alone, but THE man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.” Why does the Hebrew use the definite article to speak of “the man” when it surely has every man in mind? “THE man can be understood as a title for Messiah. For example, the indefinite term “son of man” means any human being, while the definite term “THE son of man” means Messiah. Using the same principle, we might infer that “a man” refers to any human being, while “THE man” refers only to Yeshua. Therefore, when Yeshua used Deut. 8:3 to counter the Devil’s temptation, He was applying it to Himself. In essence, He was telling the adversary, “The Messiah does not live on bread alone, but the Messiah lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.” He IS the divine Word of God, sustained by the Father. He does not need the Devil’s bread.”

    I just thought that was a great perspective on that verse.

  7. Jimmy Fink says

    Is there a requirement to do the binding on arms and head? Or does this refer to gaining the knowledge. Blessings to all.

  8. Janice says

    I have a question, not necessarily about this week’s Torah Pearls. Do the Laws regarding what we eat include what we put on our bodies (soap, shampoo, lotion)?

  9. Nigel says

    I just discovered these podcasts on iTunes, and am very excited. I have a few questions. I am starting a Shabbat Night study at our home every Friday night, and my hope was to follow an annual cycle of going through the Torah. I can listen to the 1.5 hr broadcasts weekly just fine, but for others it may be too long. This way we can all prepare our mids the week before and discuss what we have learned. So…
    a) Do most Torah portions line up weekly with others, so people interested in a shorter podcast can listen to that?
    b) Is there a podcast feed that is only the Torah Pearls?
    c) I can only go back about a month worth on iTunes, are there more up there so I can sync them all?

  10. John gillard says

    Always pleased to listen to your program.

    Recently i made an order for N. Gordan’s latest book, but failed to receive an aknowledgement. MBNA card: ….5477 ?

    Although i have avoided pig meat since the age of 35 is pig meat worse than red meat in general?

  11. The Remnant says

    Great perspective on “Eikev” being the root for “Jacob”.
    According to the account of Esau and Jacob’s birth, we are told
    that Jacob’s hand took hold on Esau’s heel.The Hebrew word for “hold”
    being “aw-khaz'” can mean “take possesion”. The children of Jacob can
    take possesion “on the heels” of keeping and doing the judgements of Yehovah.
    Even in the womb Jacob desired the milk and honey of God’s blessing as he stretched forth his little hand.

  12. The Remnant says

    God warns the people not to forget Him when they have become fat in the land.
    But there is also the other side of the coin as Solomon reminds us of what is important whether we gain wealth or become poor.

    “Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I die): Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches– Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, And say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God”

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