NITZAVIM (you are standing)

Deuteronomy 29:10 אתם You stand this day before יהוה your Elohim; your captains of your tribes, your elders and your officers and all the men of Israel. C-MATS

Question: What is important about the verse, “אתם You stand this day before יהוה your Elohim”? You have provoked the Omnipresent to anger many times, yet He has not made an end to you. Instead you still exist before Him [“standing… before יהוה”]. יהוה has made light for you, and He will again make light for you in the future. And the curses and sufferings preserve you and enable you to stand before Him [the curses, by preventing you to stray from serving Him, and the sufferings, by cleansing you of your sins]. Chumash

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call as a witness this day את־ the heavens וְאת־ and the earth against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore, choose life that both אתה you and your descendants may live. C-MATS

Question: Who did יהוה call as witnesses that He had warned us of what would happen if we did not keep His commandments?  Heaven and earth exist eternally, so that whenever Israel may sin, the witnesses will be available to testify that the people were warned of the consequences. יהוה wants Israel to draw a lesson from heaven and earth. Heaven and earth are not rewarded or punished, but they never move away from the functions יהוה ordained for them. Should not Believers, who are rewarded for performing the commandments, be zealous in fulfilling יהוה‘s will? (Rashi). Chumash

Question: What does it mean to “choose life”? Yahusha said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) Choosing life is indeed choosing to “live, and move, and have our being” in Yahusha (Acts 17:28). As we continue to choose Life, delighting ourselves in Yahusha, we will “walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:16) We will be moved and directed in our other choices by the Spirit of Yahusha, because we have an intimate relationship with Life itself.