It's Time to Tear Them Down!

It's Time to Tear Them Down!
Written by Jim Staley

In this week’s Torah portion, I would like to focus on chapter 12 of Deuteronomy. The Creator ‘opened His chest’ to explain how important it is to worship Him only as He prescribed. He began by telling Israel that they should "be careful to observe" all of His commandments when they came into the land He was giving them. Their relationship with Him and His presence in their midst was predicated upon this command—following His ways. Then, in verse 2, He told them to "utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree." Before anything else, before they even attempted to worship Him, Yahweh made it clear that He needed them to destroy the high places of the enemy. This commandment was not just for the Israelites 3000 years ago. It is alive and still speaks to us today. 

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