TORAH: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 HAFTARAH: Isaiah 49:14–51:3 B’rit Hadashah: Matthew 16:13-20
As we near the end of this year and look expectantly toward the Fall Festivals, their meaning in our lives, their prophetic importance, and the steadfastness of Abba’s perfect and excellent plan for His creation, Ekev has great meaning. We walk daily with the consequence of our choices and it is the heart of our Beloved that we would walk in the blessing and joy that is a natural consequence of following His truth and His commands.
“The forty-sixth reading from the Torah and the third reading from the book of Deuteronomy is named Ekev(עקב), a word from the first verse of the portion. Deuteronomy 7:12 says, “Then it shall come about, because (ekev, עקב) you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you His covenant and His lovingkindness which He swore to your forefathers.” Usually, the word ekev means “heel.” In fact, this word shares the same three-letter root as the name Jacob (Yaakov, יעקב), whose name actually means “heel.” He was born holding on to Esau’s heel. However, in Deuteronomy 7:12, the word ekev means “on the heels of” or “because of.” This portion of Deuteronomy speaks of the rewards that will come to Israel on the heels of keeping God’s covenant and commandments.” (quote from First Fruits of Zion)
- Deuteronomy 7:12 | Blessings for Obedience
- Deuteronomy 8:1 | A Warning Not to Forget God in Prosperity
- Deuteronomy 9:1 | The Consequences of Rebelling against God
- Deuteronomy 10:1 | The Second Pair of Tablets
- Deuteronomy 10:12 | The Essence of the Law
- Deuteronomy 11:1 | Rewards for Obedience
- Isaiah 49:8 | Zion’s Children to Be Brought Home
- Isaiah 50:4 | The Servant’s Humiliation and Vindication
- Isaiah 51:1 | Blessings in Store for God’s People
Additional Study resources can be found on Torah Class by Tom Bradford. Lessons 10-13 are relevant to our Torah portion.