Parshas Shoftim Fifth Reading

Shoftim

18:14 Fifth Reading

The nations that you are driving out listen to astrologers and stick diviners, but what God has given you is totally different.
Ki hagoyim ha’eleh asher atah yoresh otam el-me’onenim ve’el-kosmim yishma’u ve’atah lo chen natan lecha Adonay Eloheycha.

18:15

In your midst, God will set up for you a prophet like me from among your brethren, and it is to him that you must listen.
Navi mikirbecha me’acheycha kamoni yakim lecha Adonay Eloheycha elav tishma’un

 

In your midst
That is, in the Holy Land (Sifri).

 

Deu 18:14 For these Goyim, which thou shalt dispossess, paid heed unto soothsayers, and unto diviners; but as for thee, Hashem Eloheicha hath not suffered thee so to do.
Deu 18:15 Hashem Eloheicha will raise up unto thee a Navi from among thee, of thy achim, kamoni (like me [Moshe, Ex 32:30]); unto him ye must listen;

Deuteronomy 18:9-14

Deu_18:9-14. The abominations of the nations are to be avoided.
thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations — (See on Lev_18:21; see on Lev_19:26; see on Lev_19:31; see on Lev_20:4). In spite of this express command, the people of Canaan, especially the Philistines, were a constant snare and stumbling block to the Israelites, on account of their divinations and superstitious practices.
Deuteronomy 18:15-19

Deu_18:15-19. Yeshua the Prophet is to be heard.
The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet — The insertion of this promise, in connection with the preceding prohibition, might warrant the application (which some make of it) to that order of true prophets whom Hashem commissioned in unbroken succession to instruct, to direct, and warn His people; and in this view the purport of it is, “There is no need to consult with diviners and soothsayers, as I shall afford you the benefit of divinely appointed prophets, for judging of whose credentials a sure criterion is given” (Deu_18:20-22). But the prophet here promised was pre-eminently the Messiah, for He alone was “like unto Moses” (see on Deu_34:10) “in His mediatorial character; in the peculiar excellence of His ministry; in the number, variety, and magnitude of His miracles; in His close and familiar communion with God; and in His being the author of a new dispensation of religion.” This prediction was fulfilled fifteen hundred years afterwards and was expressly applied to Yeshua Messiah by Peter (Act_3:22, Act_3:23), and by Stephen (Act_7:37).

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