Ras Tafari Renaissance

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,


I welcome you all to one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).

I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures.

So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, more than likely have come to the Torah portion of Ækeb(Ekev/Eiqeb)- עֵקֶב On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5773, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 19th-יט , & the 20th-כ , day of the Hebrew month of Ab(v)-אב , for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel.  (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is also known as Indeeh’m Y’honal-እንዲህም ይሆናል, also for the 19th-፲፱, & the 20th-፳ days of the ወርኀ(month) of ሐምሌ(Hámlæ).  The Ethiopic calendar is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church(the other language being Ge’ez-(ግእዝ).


Deuteronomy 7:12- 11:25

Isaiah 49:14- 51:3

Hebrews 11: 8-11

Romans 8: 31-39


Before going forward with this week’s parsha study, we should take an in-depth look at the name of the portion, for this week: Ækeb (Ekev/Eiqeb)-עֵקֶב= other various phonetic pronunciations).  

The significance of this parsha’s name, should be a notated because the resemblance it has to Isaac’s son, Jacob, brother of Esau; in the Amharic & Hebrew languages.


Finding relations to the parsha for this week and the name, Jacob, will be very telling; in the order of over-standing(“understanding”) where this portion of the Scriptures intends to enlighten the mind.

With this said, let us begin our comprehensive reflection on the study of the Scripture lesson.  The beginning of the readings of Deuteronomy, begin with Moses speaking to the children of Israel, instructing them in the way God commanded him.  Moses is to teach the people of the blessings for obedience to God, his commandments, laws, and statutes, also the directions for taking possession of the Land of Promise.


After Moses receives the instructions from God to teach the children of Israel, he then instructs them, insuring that they know they should observe and do them, for things to go well & in their favor. (pertaining to God)  God, in turn, will not only bring them into the land but, will bless them abundantly.

[Deut. 7: 12-26]

Warnings and exhortations were given to the children of Israel, in the sense of them taking advantage of pursuing the inheritance, that was a covenant between God, Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob. 

[Deut. 8: 1-20]

"...A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;..." [Deut. 8:8]
“…A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;…” [Deut. 8:8]

Israel, after receiving instruction was to then, go over the river Jordan to possess the land, & drive out those who would not dwell peaceably with them.  For God strove against the wickedness of other nations.

[Deut. 9: 1-5]

Crossing Over Jordan _[Deut. 9:1]
Crossing Over Jordan _[Deut. 9:1]

But even with all of this brewing in good favor for the children of Israel, they stray from the path which should have led straightway to the fullness of JAH(God)’s grace and blessing .  But, because Israel is & always has been a “stiffnecked people,” Moses has to plead a case to God for the children of Israel.  God had sought to utterly destroy the children of Israel for their constant disobedience.  Moses, intercedes for Israel for they had brought nearly about God’s wrath upon them.  Recalling the time at Horeb, Israel making a molten image to worship, and provoked God to anger so much so, that God prepared obliterate them & make a nation out of Moses [& Tsipporah].  (new nation: hence, the Ethio-Hebrews, that would later come with Sheba & Solomon, in spite of the various surrounding happenings)  For Moses’ sake, God’s wrath was turned away from Israel.

[Deut. 9: 6-29]

painting by Gustave Dore
painting by Gustave Dore

After this God told Moses, to hew two stone tablets, for the words which were on the set before them, Moses broke for he waxed hot in anger towards Israel for their stubbornness and disobedience to God ‘s laws.  Along with these, was a wooden ark made to be put into the Ark of the Covenant.  So the words of the Sinaitic Covenant were restored.

[Deut. 10: 1-5]


For the children of Israel to dwell in the Land of Promise, in peace and prosperity, observation and the diligence to keep the laws, commandments , and statutes of God was a vital part of the covenant between Israel & their God.  Obedience would bring forth favor, protection, and abundance.

[Deut. 10: 6- 11:25]

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