Cities means The Gate in Hebrew


Think about this. Cities in Hebrew means gate. The Hebrew word cities is she’arecha. The gate is how ideas, thoughts, and stimulus enter into our bodies and our personal world. We are instructed to have judges and sheriffs to guard these gates against the intrusion of evil.

By studying G-ds word the Torah we learn which things are of G-d and those that are not. The Judge renders the decision and the Sheriff enforces the law.

Here is the kicker. When Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, comes back there will no longer be a need for the sheriff only the Judges. This is due to the fact that all evil is defeated by Yeshua the Jewish Messiah.

“Moses instructed the Jewish people to appoint judges and sheriffs throughout the Land of Israel to try cases and uphold the law.

[Moses instructed the Jewish people,] “You must appoint judges and sheriffs for yourself in all your cities.” Deuteronomy 16:18

The Hebrew word for “cities” used here (she’arecha) literally means “gates.” The “gates” of our bodies are our ears, eyes, nose, and mouth, through which stimuli from the external world enter our bodies and our personal world. This verse thus requires us to station “judges and sheriffs” to guard these “gates” against the intrusion of any stimuli that could be harmful to our spiritual health. Through studying the Torah, we learn which influences are beneficial (and therefore permitted) and which are harmful (and therefore forbidden). The job of the “sheriff” is to enforce the decisions rendered by the judge. Our inner “sheriffs” are the techniques that each of us needs to cultivate in order to combat the voices within us that oppose the decisions of our inner “judges.”

Thus, regarding the Messianic future, G‑d only promises to “restore your judges as in former times,” but not the sheriffs. In the Messianic future, negativity will not hold sway over us, so there will be no need for protective measures to ensure that we follow G‑d’s will.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 34, pp. 104–105, vol. 14, pp. 277–279, vol. 24, pp. 441–442.

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