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EIKEV "On the heels of"


Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

Isaiah 49:14-51:3

Romans 8:31-39

 

Ekev is the Hebrew word meaning, "on the heels of." We begin with a summary of what occurred previously:

7:12 This shall be the Reward

7:18 Assurance is given that if we remember what GOD has done for us and not fear the peoples that try to bring fear to us, then GOD will protect us and bring fear upon our adversaries

8:1 The lesson we learn is that man does not live by bread alone, rather by everything that emanates from the mouth of GOD

8:8 The Seven Species: wheat, barley, grape, fig, pomegranate, olives and honey (dates), GOD tells us that we will lack nothing

8:11 Warns us against the lure of prosperity.

9:1 Reminds us of the Exodus and the Tribulations we went thru the wilderness in order to come to the Promised Land.

10:1 The command to Moses to build A Temporary Ark and the Second Tablets of the law.

10:6 Aaron's Death

10:12 GOD's Reconciliation, "Now Israel, what does the Lord your GOD ask of you? To fear HaShem your GOD, walk in all His ways

Chapter 11 Our firsthand knowledge of GOD's miracles, the great virtues of the land and finally we read of the second passage of the Sh'ma ending with the promise that every place where the sole of our feet touch if we observe His commandment (Even from the Wilderness all the way to the Euphrates river), GOD will bless us and remove our adversary

 

This weekend is the second of seven consolations before the High Holy Days. This portion begins with the words "if you do obey these rules and observe them carefully, the Lord your GOD will maintain for you the covenant that He made on oath with your fathers."

 

In Deuteronomy 7:12, the word if is used. In Hebrew, the word literally means on the heels of or as consequence of. In verse 13 Moses tells the people that the promises that have been given to the patriarchs are also for them because GOD loves them and favors them, as well.

 

These blessings are now to be received when they enter the land after the long forty years of wanderings after Egypt. There are some interesting words in Deuteronomy 7:13:

He will favor you and bless you and multiply you; He will bless the issue of your womb and the produce of your soil, your new grain and wine and oil, the calving of your herd and the lambing of your flock, in the land that He swore to your fathers to assign to you.

 

Israel experienced the wrath of GOD when they allowed themselves to be seduced by the Moabites (Numbers 25). Now they were entering the Promised Land where they would be surrounded by pagan worship. GOD said there would be no compromise, they were not to be defiled by the sins of the Canaanites, so as not to jeopardize their relationship with GOD and the blessings that He has for them.

 

Israel had to be a separated people if they were to be used to bring a blessing to the whole world (Genesis 12:1-3). The question for us is the same as it was for the ancient Israelites. To be faithful and maintain a separated position (2 Corinthians 6:14-18) we must receive the blessings of grain, wine, calves and lambs instead of worshiping the false idols. Then we can be a blessing to the whole world by bringing the good news of our Redeemer. In that day, the strongholds of the idols (our enemy), which keep our people from knowing GOD, will be demolished (2 Corinthians 10:1-6).

 

Shavua Tov

Rabbi Z.

 

 

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