God’s endless grace
Kehila News, Moran Rosenblit, May 25, 2019
Our weekly parasha opens with the word “if”:
If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out.
“If”, in my opinion, is one of the most important words that we find in the Scriptures. So often, we miss this important word, and consequently miss the important message behind it. I would like to encourage you to pause for a moment whenever you see this word when you study of the Bible, and ask yourself why it’s there.
This conditional statement is followed by an amazing promise to the children of Israel that God will abundantly bless them with rain, that the land will yield its produce, and the trees will bring fruit and other blessings (vs. 4–12), which will ultimately result in this promise found in verses 11–12:
Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.
What an amazing prophetic promise that God Himself would walk among us, be our God, and that we would be His people!
However, as we continue to read, we also find the inevitable byproduct of not obeying God. The entire chapter from verse 14 till the end is devoted to the consequences of disobedience, which happen to be quite severe. When one reads the list punishments, one ought to feel great fear!