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Summary: Nature is beautiful but cruel. The Torah is strict but sweet. The overall intention is love, that all may life under the beautiful firmament that proclaims the handiwork of our God.

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NATURE

"1The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork."

- awesome mountains

- retreat at the river aka fishing

- hunting trip without a gun

- family skiing trip on weekends

LIGHT

"6Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat. "

- no mercy

- no secrets

- no hidden earmarks

- every Ponzi scheme is uncovered

- every murder investigation leads to an arrest

TORAH

"7The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul"

- Pentateuch

- Torah does not mean law, but direction, instruction

- Ten Commandments - Legal Tradition

- Jesus says Matthew 5.17: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill."

- Gezeirah: A Fence around the Torah

- Jesus says the overall direction of the Torah is love Matthew 22.37-39: ’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

SHADOWS

"12But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults."

- Even the most beautiful tree makes a shadow

- Nature does not know mercy: Survival of the fittest

- Light does not know mercy: Unveils inconvenient truths

- The Torah teaches us find our hidden faults

SUMMARY

- Nature is beautiful but cruel

- The Torah is strict but sweet

- The overall intention is love, that all may life under the beautiful firmament that proclaims the handiwork of our God. Amen.


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