This is what YHWH says,

"Stand ye in the ways,

and see,

and ask for the old paths ,

where is the good way,

and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls."

Jeremiah 6:16 

Life Skills from the Word of YHWH

    Nitzavim (Stand)
       (Sefer Devarim) Deuteronomy 29:10 - 30:20

29:10- "Ye stand this day all of you before YHVH thy Elohim; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your

             officers, with all the men of Yisrael,

      11-  Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto

             the drawer of thy water:
   12-  That thou should enter into covenant with YHVH thy Elohim and into His oath, which YHVH thy Elohim

            makes with thee this day:
   13-  That He may establish thee to day for a people unto Himself, and that He may be unto thee an

             as He has said unto thee, and as He has sworn unto thy fathers to Avraham, to Yitzchak and to Yaakov.
   14-  Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath;
   15-   But with him that stands here with us this day before YHVH our Elohim, and also with him that is not

             here with us this day.

     29-   The secret things belong unto YHVH our Elohim: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and

             to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this Torah.
30:4-   If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will YHVH thy Elohim gather

             thee, and from there will He fetch thee:
       5-   And YHVH thy Elohim will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shall possess

             it; and He will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
       6-   And YHVH thy Elohim will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love YHVH thy Elohim

             with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou may live.
     10-   If thou shall hearken unto the voice of YHVH thy Elohim, to keep His commandments and His statutes

             which are written in this book of the Torah, and if thou turn unto YHVH thy Elohim with all thine heart,

             and with all thy soul.

     11-   For this commandment which I command thee this day is not too wonderful for thee neither is it far off.

     12-   It is not in heaven, that thou should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we

             may hear it, and do it?

     13-   Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us,

             that we may hear it, and do it?
     14-   But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou may do it.

     15-   See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

     16-   In that I command thee this day to love YHVH thy Elohim, to walk in His ways, and to keep His

             commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that thou may live and multiply: and YHVH thy

             Elohim shall bless thee in the land whither thou goes to possess it."


“Thus says YHVH; Stand in the court of YHVH's house and speak unto all the cities of Yehudah,

 which come to worship in YHVH's house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them;

 diminish not a word."
                                                                                                                          (Jeremiah 26:2)

“If thou, YHVH, should mark iniquities, O YHVH, who shall stand?  But there is forgiveness with

 thee, that thou may be feared."
                                                                                                                  (Psalms 130:3-4)

“Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee and

 hear thy wisdom."
                                                                                                                     (2 Chronicles 9:7)

“Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which YHVH will do before your eyes."
                                                                                                                     (1 Samuel 12:16)

“Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still and see the salvation of

 YHVH with you, O Yehudah and Yerushalayim: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out

 against them: for YHVH will be with you."
                                                                                                                     (2 Chronicles 20:17)

“And thou shall command the kohanim that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are

 come to the brink of the water of Yarden, ye shall stand still in Yarden."
                                                                                                                          (Joshua 3:8)

"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of thy

 people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to

 that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found

 written in the book."

“Stand in awe and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.  Selah”

(Psalms 4:4)

Nitzavim - Summary:
1.    Standing Upright  and Standing Still upon the Anointed Word:

         Although the misguided modern evolutionist insists that chemicals from a primordial ooze, over time, stood up in primatial fashion to become human, there can be a lesson from floating in this murky malaise: Man has been called to separate himself from the sludge of sluggish motion, embracing the filth of this world's sod of sinful living, and instead, stand upright to behold and reflect the nature of heaven's pure Light.  Yet, before we begin to blame locality for our behavior, parasha Nitzavim delivers The Word of Truth, declaring the proximity of HaShem's efficacious word, declaring indisputably in Deuteronomy 30:14:

    But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart, that thou may do it.”

         So near is this word, that all mankind is left without excuse.  In 1 Samuel 12:6-7, the prophet reminds the people that such a witness of this elevating word had already been evident, as it is written: 
   “And Shmuel said unto the people, It is YHVH that advanced Moshe and Aharon, and that brought
your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.  Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before YHVH of all the righteous acts of YHVH, which he did to you and to your fathers.”

Indeed, it has been the resuscitating strength of Elohim's word which has been a difference in making earthly elements of flesh and blood to be transformed into an ethereal entourage, echoing the prophetic life-giving utterances that alchemically morph the dirt into the divine nature.  Ezekiel 2:1-2 testifies thus:
   “And He said to me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak to thee. And the spirit entered
into me when He spoke to me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard Him that spoke unto me.”

         However, because the theoretical is threatened by our own empirically understood deficiencies, we can be tempted to stand on the excuses of human flaw.   This is contrary to faith and the conviction that the commandments of Elohim are within reach.  If we would but stand up in righteousness and be still, we shall see that coveted conversion from folly to faithfulness and from mire to majesty.  Rejecting the restlessness, we must return to the reality of Hashem's redemptive recipe, remembering that remedy of Exodus 14:13, namely:
   “And Moshe said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of YHVH, which he will
show to you to day...”


2.    Standing upon the Power of HaShem's Anointed One:

         Within the drama of human suffering, discouragement, and potential failure, there is hope.  Considering that our own inadequacies, a history of blemish and banishment, have left many wondering, “How long must we wait?”, we can find solace, and better yet, our encouragement in the epitome of human suffering as the words of Iyov breathe fresh wind in our souls; with a steadfast Messianic hope, Job 19:25 professes:

   “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.”

Though we may find ourselves momentarily too lame to rise, we can be confident of this: Mashiyach will forever stand in this overcoming strength which we need.  Micah 5:4 relates His pervasive power:
    “And He shall stand and feed in the strength of YHVH, in the majesty of the name of YHVH His

     Elohim; and they shall abide: for now shall He be great unto the ends of the earth.”
Malachi 3:1-2 speaks of His awesome arrival as He abruptly confronts the confounded creation, as is written:

   “Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Adon, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in:

     behold, He shall come, says YHVH Tzivaot.  But who may abide the day of His coming?  And, who shall stand when He appears...?”

The answer gives both assurance and strategy as in Zechariah 4:12 & 14, the question of who also tells how:
   “And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two
golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?... Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by YHVH of the whole earth.
Yes, there will be those that stand in That day.   But be sure of this...Unless we are standing with HaShem’s Anointed One, the King of Yisrael, we better take heed, lest we fall.


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