If you love me you will keep my Commandments. --John 14:15Since God knows I love challah and I love making challah for His Shabbat, He showed me a scene, on Shabbat, of rolling hills of challah. As soon as I saw them I ran to dance over them to meet him as He reaches down to me!!And made the drawing below (in the post below).
In this past weeks parsha is the famous scripture that man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (see Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3 from this weeks Parsha Eikev)
You may not be surprised, I am particularly attracted to scriptures about bread.
Also this parsha is, as I talked before a few posts down, getting to the end of the fifth book of the Torah cycle and the cycle is winding down to the end. Which means also winding up to the beginning, and all over this book we see....
what a Love story the Torah is between God and His people!!
This is another drawing/collage to express the Love story that is written in His word.
It is the word AHAVA, Love, in Hebrew letters. More than a drawing, I guess you could say its a collage and an idea for another fan! (Those who know the LOVE sculpture and the AHAVA sculpture, both famous worldwide, will see how they influenced my design with added Japanese touches!)
Equating love with the keeping of God`s commandments is expressed throughout the Torah and throughout the book of Deuteronomy it is emphatic. .
In the book of Deuteronomy (called Devarim in Hebrew) several times the commandment is "These words which I command you this day...." are always in context with "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart". This time as I was reading those scriptures repeatedly, it was a very clear connection between loving the Lord and keeping His commandments.
Devarim, Word. AHAVA, Love. Mitzvot, commandment.
When asked what is the greatest commandment, Yeshua replies it is to Love the Lord with all your heart. And after that to Love your neighbor as yourself. In this reply, He leads us to the entire word of God, and as He is the Living Word, He leads us to Himself. When we read the Words (Devarim) it helps us to understand what it means to LOVE.
This week`s parsha (actually its last weeks as I started this post then but now posting it and its already a week later!) has the famous scripture that man cannot live on bread alone but by the words that come out of the mouth of God.
As you might imagine, as a person who loves to make Challah, I am particularly attracted to scriptures about bread!
When I made the drawing in the post just below), it seemed fitting in the parsha Ekev!! Though I learned the Parsha is very specific to the land of Israel and its blessings, I saw this vision of dancing and running on mountains of rolling challah!! It could be that the bread is what will take us back to the Land!!
I am the Bread of Life --John 6:35
No one comes to the Father except through Me. --John 14:6
Love, Words, Bread.
These are the words that stood out for me in this week's reading.
What words that are in your heart this week?
Love and Blessings!