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Jew and Gentiles Ministries

Dr. Allen and Dr. Karen Ranney 

September 22, 2018 (Tishrei 13, 5779) ​

Ha'azinu (Give ear or listen)

Deuteronomy 32:1-52

2 Samuel 22:1-51

John 21:1-25​

     This Torah study titled “Ha’azinu” in Hebrew means “give ear” or “listen.” It teaches that if you truly try to live righteously by God’s laws, statutes and commandments, but fail, God can and will forgive you if you humbly ask Him.

Additional Scripture

Matthew 21:42 Deuteronomy 31:30

Luke 22:62 John 5:14; 8:11; 13:37-38b

Proverbs 24:16 Psalm 95:1

Psalm 37:24 Psalm 40:3

Ha’azinu “give ear”

     This Torah study titled “Ha’azinu #238” in Hebrew means “give ear” or “listen.” It is found in Deuteronomy 32:1-52.

Deuteronomy 32:1-43 is the song of Moses.

Deuteronomy 32:48 records Moses is to die, “be gathered to his people” on Mount Hor.

The Haftarah or Prophets portion is in 2 Samuel 22:1-51.

2 Samuel 22:2-51 could be considered the song of David as he gave praise for God’s deliverance.

The Gospel portion today is in John 21:1-25.

John 21:1-25 records Christ appears to seven disciples, speaks to Peter and John concludes this Gospel.

Ha’azinu “give ear”

Torah Study

Deuteronomy 32:1-52

     Deuteronomy 31:30; 32:1 reads, “Then Moses spoke in the hearing of all of the assembly of Israel the words of this song until they were ended: “Ha’azinu #238” Give ear, oh heavens and I will speak; and hear, oh earth, the words of My mouth.”

Most of Chapter 32 is a prophetic song and really rather sad, but a song nonetheless. Songs are by design, used as memory tools, so with this tool, these verses that Moses wrote were designed to remind/impress upon the Israelites that their entire existence was a result of God’s mercy and faithfulness. The Lord alone guided them and provided for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, but Israel’s response was the opposite of God’s. They often made foolish and wicked choices. The song concludes by warning Israel that future unfaithfulness, rebellion and apostasy would bring God’s severe judgments on the nation.

     Like the Israelites we to, if we forget or ignore God’s statutes and commandments, will be judged. A sad song yes, but true.

I always like to find God’s attributes or Jesus in the Scripture. Deuteronomy 32:4 uses the word “rock” and in Hebrew that word is “tsur #6697,” not just a rock or a boulder but a monolithic slab, a landmark, a precipice, a cliff face, a whole mountain standing firm and unchanging from generation to generation from out of the dim forgotten past, into the eternal future. Amen. And Jesus, Yeshua? A stone cut from that rock, the stone the builders rejected that has become the chief cornerstone (Matthew 21:42), Ha’azinu! Listen! Yeshua Messiah is our rock.

Haftarah Portion

2 Samuel 22:1-51

     “Then David spoke to the Lord the words of this song, on the day when the Lord had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. And he said: The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer.” (2 Samuel 22:1-2)

Amen. “Ha’azinu!” “Listen!” Give ear to David’s declaration of God as his rock “#6697 tsur” in verse 2, his fortress “#4686b, metsudah” in verse 2, and his deliverer “#6403 palat” also in verse 2.

     King David was not afraid to give God the glory for the victories in his life, quite the contrary, he unashamedly admits he cried out to God for salvation!

     Deuteronomy 32 is the song of Moses, and this passage in 2 Samuel 22 is the song of David. Both contain a strong warning to obey God, listen “Ha’azinu” give ear to His statutes, precepts and ordinances, live by God’s law, Torah and not by our own selfish desires.

God is our rock, God is our fortress and our deliverer. We can rest assured by the words of these promises, by the words of these songs that we can put our trust fully in Him.

     “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will look on in awe and put their trust in Adonai.” (Psalm 40:3 Complete Jewish Bible)

     Ha’azinu! Give ear! Listen! God will put a new song in your heart also, if you put your trust in Him!

Gospel Portion

John 21:1-25

     Here we have the account of Yeshua restoring Peter to himself and to his ministry. Just a few days prior, Peter had denied Yeshua 3 times (John 18:17), after proclaiming that he would give his life for Jesus (John 13:37). Jesus had told Peter himself, “most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times” (John 13:38b).

     And now in this meeting, speaking with Yeshua, knowing that He is the Risen Lord, the Resurrected Lord. Peter had to struggle with feelings running the gamut from great joy and amazement at seeing his master, his teacher and his friend being alive again, to the guilt and shame of knowing he had abandoned Jesus in His time of greatest need.

     It is significant here that Jesus asks Peter three times, “do you love me,” requiring Peter to answer three times. Maybe reassuring Peter of the depth of Jesus’s forgiveness to him and His true love for him in light of Peter’s three denials; as I don’t suppose anyone other than Yeshua Jesus and Peter himself knew that Peter had denied Him three times.

     Simon Peter the man had battled fear of death, fear of persecution, fear of an uncertain future and had lost. But now, with the blessed assurance of the Resurrected Christ, Peter the rock “tsur” would overcome fear and serve the Lord even unto his own physical death, because he knew that as Jesus Christ is resurrected, so will we be that are in Him! Hallelujah!

     It is recorded, “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with his hand” (Psalm 37:24). Amen.

     The Lord God will lift you up in “love” and set you back on your feet that you may walk the straight and narrow path, the righteous way to serve Him. Does this mean you can just go and live any way you want? No, heaven forbid! But, we are human thus fallible, and in the event we fall or become weak He will forgive us. Don’t plan to go sin, then think all you have to do is say the magic words and poof, your sins are gone. No, what I’m saying is, in the course of an average life, not one other man besides Jesus ever lived a sinless life. You just have to try your best and know God looks at the attitude of your heart. Amen.

     Jesus told more than one person, “go and sin no more” (John 8:11b; 5:14) after He had healed them, after he had ministered to them, while they were yet still in sin, He forgave them. That’s how great His love is for us, Ha’azinu! Listen! Give ear! Yeshua, Jesus loves us, He is the Rock of our Salvation! (Psalm 95:1)

     Like Moses and David, we too can sing a song of praise and worship to our God!! “Come, let’s sing to Adonai! Let’s shout for joy to the Rock of our Salvation! Let’s come into His presence with thanksgiving; let’s shout for joy to Him with songs of praise.” (Psalm 95:1 Complete Jewish Bible)

     Beloved of God, have you fallen? Have you come up short in your walk with God? Well take heart because there’s One who is in the restoration business and He is easy to find as A.B.C.

A. Admit you have sinned and you are sorry that you have.

B. Believe Jesus died for that sin, then rose from the grave three days later and

C. Confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and make Him King in your life.

Read and follow Romans 10:8-13, then pray, “Ha’azinu” give ear oh Lord, forgive me for I have fallen, fill me with Your Spirit that I would be restored, resurrected in that Day unto you, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer go tell a pastor, messianic Rabbi or Christian friend, they will know what to do next.

Bibliography for Ha’azinu “give ear”

Complete Jewish Bible, David H Stern, Jewish New Testament publications, 1998

Interlinear Bible, the, Hendrickson publishing, 2006

New King James Version of the Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, 2007

Strong’s Complete Dictionary of Bible Words, Thomas Nelson publishing, 1996