Eikev 5781 Reading of Haftorah and Apostolic Writings

The third portion of the book of Devarim/Deuteronomy is Eikev, which mean “Because”
Torah Portion: Devarim 7:12 – 11:25
Haftorah Portion: Isaiah 49:14 – 51:3
Apostolic Writings: Matthew 4:1-4, Epheshians 6:1-9

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You can read or listen to the portions below:

Haftorah

Isaiah 49:14 – 51:3
“But Tziyon says, ‘HaShem has abandoned me, HaShem has forgotten me.’ Can a woman forget her child at the breast, not show pity on the child from her womb? Even if these were to forget, I would not forget you. I have engraved you on the palms of my hands, your walls are always before me.” Your children are coming quickly, your destroyers and plunderers are leaving and going. Raise your eyes, and look around: they are all gathering and coming to you. HaShem swears: “As surely as I am alive, you will wear them all like jewels, adorn yourself with them like a bride.” For your desolate places and ruins and your devastated land will be too cramped for those living in it; your devourers will be far away. The day will come when the children born when you were mourning will say to you, “This place is too cramped for me! Give me room, so I can live!” Then you will ask yourself, “Who fathered these for me? I’ve been mourning my children, alone, as an exile, wandering to and fro; so who has raised these? I was left alone, so where have these come from?” HaShem Elohim answers: “I am beckoning to the nations, raising my banner for the peoples. They will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders. Kings will be your foster-fathers, their princesses your nurses. They will bow to you, face toward the earth, and lick the dust on your feet. Then you will know that I am HaShem — those who wait for me will not be sorry.” But can booty be wrested from a warrior? Can a victor’s captives be freed? Here is HaShem’s answer: “Even a warrior’s captives will be snatched away, and the booty of the fearful will be freed. I will fight those who fight you, and I will save your children. I will feed those oppressing you with their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood as with wine. Then everyone will know that I, HaShem, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Ya‘akov.”

50
HaShem says: “Where is your mother’s divorce document which I gave her when I divorced her? Or: to which of my creditors did I sell you? You were sold because of your sins; because of your crimes was your mother divorced. Why was no one here when I came? Why, when I called, did nobody answer? Is my arm too short to redeem? Have I too little power to save? With my rebuke I dry up the sea; I turn rivers into desert, their fish rot for lack of water and they die of thirst; I dress the heavens in black to mourn and make their covering sackcloth.” HaShem Elohim has given me the ability to speak as a man well taught, so that I, with my words, know how to sustain the weary. Each morning he awakens my ear to hear like those who are taught. HaShem Elohim has opened my ear, and I neither rebelled nor turned away. I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who plucked out my beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. For HaShem Elohim will help. This is why no insult can wound me. This is why I have set my face like flint, knowing I will not be put to shame. My vindicator is close by; let whoever dares to accuse me appear with me in court! Let whoever has a case against me step forward! Look, if HaShem Elohim helps me, who will dare to condemn me? Here, they are all falling apart like old, moth-eaten clothes. Who among you fears HaShem ? Who obeys what his servant says? Even when he walks in the dark, without any light, he will trust in HaShem’s reputation and rely on his G-d. But all of you who are lighting fires and arming yourselves with firebrands: go, walk in the flame of your own fire, among the firebrands you lit! From my hands this [fate] awaits you: you will lie down in torment.

51
“Listen to me, you pursuers of justice, you who seek HaShem : consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were dug — consider Avraham your father and Sarah, who gave birth to you; in that I called him when he was only one person, then blessed him and made him many. For HaShem will comfort Tziyon, will comfort all her ruined places, will make her desert like ‘Eden, her ‘Aravah like the garden of HaShem. Joy and gladness will be there, thanksgiving and the sound of music.

Apostolic Writings

Matthew 4:1-4

Then the Spirit led Yeshua up into the wilderness to be tempted by the Adversary. After Yeshua had fasted forty days and nights, he was hungry. The Tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of G-d, order these stones to become bread.” But he answered, “The Tanakh says, ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of HaShem’”

Epheshians 6:1-9

Children, what you should do in union with the Lord is obey your parents, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” — this is the first commandment that embodies a promise — “so that it may go well with you, and you may live long in the Land.” Fathers, don’t irritate your children and make them resentful; instead, raise them with the Lord’s kind of discipline and guidance. Slaves, obey your human masters with the same fear, trembling and single-heartedness with which you obey the Messiah. Don’t obey just to win their favor, serving only when they are watching you; but serve as slaves of the Messiah, doing what G-d wants with all your heart. Work willingly as slaves, as people do who are serving not merely human beings but the Lord. Remember that whoever does good work, whether he be a slave or a free man, will be rewarded by the Lord. And masters, treat your slaves the same way. Don’t threaten them. Remember that in heaven both you and they have the same Master, and he has no favorites.

Published by MJ Muñoz

Husband. Father. Believer. Writer.

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