Parashat Ki Tavo (When You Come)
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 26:1–29:8
I closed my last blog entry, Parashat Ki Teitzei (When You Go Out), with two verses from Galatians 3:13–14:
Messiah redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us — for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE” — in order that in Messiah Yeshua the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
I wrote that Yeshua is the fulfillment of the Torah (law) and the Prophets! He took upon Himself our curse (Isaiah 53), and through faith in Him, we can all — Jew and Gentile alike — be restored to the Father. This is the GOOD NEWS of Messiah!
There is a direct connection to this week's reading portion as it deals with God’s very specific instructions for Israel for when they would enter the Land of inheritance. As I was reading this week's portion, I found it interesting that there are 14 verses (28:1–14) that speak of the blessings of obedience and that there are 54 verses (28:15–68) that speak of the curses resulting from disobedience.
How can we understand this? I believe God wants to get our attention by stressing the importance of obedience and disobedience. I also believe that God wants to ensure that we understand the byproduct of disobedience, which is the curse. The reason for this is prophetic, in my opinion, further cementing the fulfillment of the amazing work that Yeshua did for each person who chooses to accept it. He became the “curse” for us so that we could be free from it!
So, what does knowing this mean for me? For you? This is a personal question each follower of Messiah must answer.
God brought Israel from slavery in Egypt, into the Land of promise for a very specific reason:
This day the LORD your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances. You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have today declared the LORD to be your God, and that you would walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments and His ordinances, and listen to His voice. And the LORD has today declared you to be His people, a treasured people (nation), as He spoke to you, and that you should keep all His commandments; and that He shall set you high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor; and that you shall be a consecrated (holy) people to the LORD your God, as He has spoken.
God chose Israel to be His people - a treasured people, a holy people - not for their sake, but for HIS! Through Israel, the glory of God Almighty was to be revealed to the nations.
My dear brothers and sisters, we must understand that being chosen by God for a specific task is something that also applies to us as believers today. We have all been called to a life of holiness (obedience) and have been warned of the perils of disobedience. Again, this is not so that we are free to do whatever we please, but to live for Him:
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Messiah Yeshua; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
As I have written many times before, the result of our understanding the fact that Yeshua took upon Himself the curse that was meant for us (Isaiah 53), and through faith in Him, we can all - Jew and Gentile - be restored to the Father, is living a life which is separated for Him and for His Glory.
But you are A CHOSEN people, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.
(1 Peter 2:9–10)
Let us not take this for granted! Does your life reflect this great truth?