This portion begins with a history of the B’nai Israel, Children of Israel, as they left Egypt, from Rameses to Sinai; Sinai to Kadesh; Kadesh to the Steppes of Moab.
Looking to the past helps us find the mind of GOD and see His hand upon the past, present and future, including the future redemption of mankind. At the threshold of the Promised Land, GOD encourages the Children of Israel, and gives them assurance of their inheritance.
Even so, there are responsibilities involved. There is a commandment to destroy, drive out, the enemy and to smash idols, and divide the land. GOD’s plan was to have His people in His land.
GOD’s plan included dwelling with His people (Zechariah 14:16). Not only will His people celebrate, but all peoples will celebrate. At the end of the age, all of Israel’s enemies who survive, will come and worship the King of Kings for Sukkot, at Jerusalem.
As we see, not only in Biblical history but current history, as well as future history GOD will continue, to deal with the enemies of His people. We need to be mindful to draw close to Him and He will draw close to us.
This is an especially good opportunity to make sure we repent of any idols in our lives. As the days approach the ninth of Av, the day set aside to remember the destruction of the first and second temples, we need to repent, remove idols from our lives and not speak evil of each other. As GOD commanded Israel to go forward and obey, let us march forward and finish the race. Let us complete the task of testifying of GOD’s mercy and grace (Acts 20:24).