Monday, July 31, 2023

Ekev - Reading #2

Ekev עֵקֶב - As a Result
Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

Reading #2 - Deuteronomy 8:11–9:3

My Thoughts:

He goes before us. What need have we to worry about? Only there is a “but” in there. But, you have to keep His commandments, ordinances and statutes. This theme is continuous throughout the book of Deuteronomy. It’s simple -- obey and be blessed, disobey and suffer punishment. Look what 9:3 says, “Know therefore today that Hashem your Elohim is He who goes over before you as a devouring fire.” Not only will He protect you, but He will “devour” anything in His way. There is no greater protection in all the universe, but this. Do you want Hashem to go before you in all you do? I do. The answer. Pray and obey.


Wow this portion starts out with a pretty heavy duty “warning”. In verse 11 we read, ”Beware lest you forget Hashem your Elohim…”. And it goes on to say that when things are going really well -- you have all the food, housing, jobs -- everything you need, then you might forget Hashem. Is that possible. You know it is. I think of the times when things are going really well and I might not spend so much time in prayer as I do when they are not. These are the times we are to praise Him and worship Him and spend time praying for others who are in need. That’s your challenge today. If you are in a good spot and have most everything you have, take some time to praise Hashem. Tell Him how much you love Him and adore Him. And thank Him for all He has provided for you. Thank you Hashem!

Reading #2 - Deuteronomy 8:11–9:3

8:11 Beware lest you forget Hashem your Elohim, in not keeping His commandments, His ordinances, and His statutes, which I command you today; 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full, and have built fine houses and lived in them; 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14 then your heart might be lifted up, and you forget Hashem your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; 15 who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with venomous snakes and scorpions, and thirsty ground where there was no water; who poured water for you out of the rock of flint; 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers didn’t know, that He might humble you, and that He might prove you, to do you good at your latter end; 17 and lest you say in your heart, “My power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth.” 18 But you shall remember Hashem your Elohim, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is today.

19 It shall be, if you shall forget Hashem your Elohim, and walk after other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you shall surely perish. 20 As the nations that Hashem makes to perish before you, so you shall perish, because you wouldn’t listen to Hashem your Elohim’s voice.

9:1 Hear, Israel! You are to pass over the Jordan today, to go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to the sky, 2 a people great and tall, the sons of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you have heard say, “Who can stand before the sons of Anak?” 3 Know therefore today that Hashem your Elohim is He who goes over before you as a devouring fire. He will destroy them and He will bring them down before you. So you shall drive them out and make them perish quickly, as Hashem has spoken to you.