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 Shoftim-שֹׁפְטִים . On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5773, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 3rd-ג , & the 4th-ד , day of the Hebrew month of the month of Elul-אֱלוּל , 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 Ferajoch-ፈራጆች also for the 3rd-፫ & the 4th-፬, of the month of (ነሐሴ)Nehäsey. 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 16:18- 21:9
Isaiah 51:12- 52:12
John 1: 19-27
Acts 3: 22-23
For this Sabbath we’ve come to Shoftim-שֹׁפְטִים , (in the Hebrew language, has equivalences to: magistrates[officers] or judges);
(in the Amharic language, the equivalent is plurally: Ferajoch-ፈራጆች; which more than likely could derived from words like: Feraj-ፈራጅ[could be considered as an police officer, or jailer; of the sort, from a modern sense]; also Tefáraj-ተፋራጅ; which could be considered as a judge or magistrate from the modern sense, as well: from the Amharic is equivalent to “one who brings justice.”)
So, this parsha(portion) is at the point where Moses now instructs the children of Israel to set up judges and officers, throughout all of the tribes, whom should utilize just judgments in certain affairs.
[Deut. 16: 18-22]
In all of their gates, no blemished, or defiled thing should be offered as sacrifice/offering to God. Neither, were the children of Israel to go after any other gods. They also were instructed to put evil away from among them.
[Deut. 17: 1-13]
A king was also to be appointed over Israel. One, whom would not give himself utterly to seek after wealth & riches, or many women to wife, so that his heart be turned away from God; his laws, statutes and commandments. While upon the throne, the king was to write a copy the LAW, set before the priests; wherein he was to read & learn, all the days of his life so that the days of his life be prolonged. The king was to keep the all the commandments, like anyone else, & not think of himself, as being above any of his brethren, aside from his appointment by God.
[Deut. 17: 14-20]
The tribe of Levi, were to have no inheritance with the children of Israel. For God, was their portion of the inheritance, Offerings to God, would partaken on behalf of God, by the priests of the Levites; from among the sacrifices/offerings, would be the “priest’s due.”
[Deut. 18: 1-8]
Idolatry & the abominations, were not to be found among the children of Israel, for they were to inherit all nations.
[Deut. 18: 9-14]
God also said to Israel, that he would raise up a Prophet from among them. The words of his mouth would be of him, and they should take heed. For, at the Horeb, they feared the power, voice and great fire of God, so much that they asked to not see it again, lest they perish.
(see; Deut. 1: 6, Deut. 4: 10, & Deut. 5: 1-21_ God spoke to Israel at Horeb)
(God is a consuming fire: Deut. 4 :24, Heb. 12: 29)
For Israel to know if the Prophet was of God, the testing of his word would come in a criteria that would fit: his spoken words of prophecy coming to pass(or fulfillment; actualization), he would come in the NAME of God, & if they followed along the guidelines of the LAW(Torah).
(could also be seen as the coming of the MesHIHa/Messiah)
[Deut. 18: 15-22]
The cities of refuge from within the gates of Israel’s inheritance were to also be set up. Especially, in the plight of the case of the slayer. When God was to cut out the wicked nations these cities were to set, to ensure that just judgment were rendered.
[Deut. 19: 1-21]
The Law regarding Warfare, was for the children of Israel to fear not, even if their enemies were greater in number or strength; for God would be with them. The priests were to encourage them, & men who set up houses, or married rather recently not having consecrated their homes or wives, should return or in the extreme, not go off to warfare, for their seeds were to be procured.(as spoken by the officers of Israel) Israel was to show peace to those who would show themselves peaceful, & go to war against those who would make war with them. But, they were to utterly destroy the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites and the Jebusites, as God commanded them.
An Inquest or judiciary inquiry, in the case of death, of unknown/unaccounted corpse, for one slain in the field; would become the responsibility of the Priesthood to minister for the children of Israel, for they were chosen by God to work in service of Israel.