45 Ekev

וְהָיָה׀ עֵקֶב תִּשְׁמְעוּן אֵת הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים הָאֵלֶּה וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם וְשָׁמַר יְהוה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לְךָ אֶת־הַבְּרִית וְאֶת־הַחֶסֶד אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ׃

“Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers.

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

August 8
2020

Ekev
“Because”

Deut. 7:12-11:25

Isaiah 49:14-51:3

Heb. 11:11-13

Jacob 5:7-11

Moses tells the Israelites that if they follow God’s laws, the nations who now dwell across the Jordan River will not harm them. (Deuteronomy 7:12–26).

Moses reminds the people of the virtues of keeping God’s commandments. He also tells them that they will dispossess those who now live in the Land only because they are idolatrous, not because the Israelites are uncommonly virtuous. Thereupon, Moses reviews all of the trespasses of the Israelites against God. (Deuteronomy 8:1–10:11).

Moses says that the Land of Israel will overflow with milk and honey if the people obey God’s commandments and teach them to their children. (Deuteronomy 10:12–11:25)

Moses is concerned that when the people become prosperous, they will forget about God and how Moses believe how humility is very important, and taking God for granted is a big mistake.

Clearly, the Word of God states that the “earthly Jerusalem” is intimately connected to and dependent on Jerusalem of the heavens, or the New Jerusalem. Water, especially in Israel, cannot be taken for granted. Not only is it a literal sign of divine favor and nourishment, it is also a figurative symbol of the vital relationship between God and the People. Even when the People are blessed by abundance, they must not lose sight of the true source of their blessing: the partnership between God and humans.