22 August 2019

Promises of the Covenant

22 Menachem Av 5779
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Eikev   (Devarim 7.12- 11.25)

Devarim 7.22-24
...And the Lord, your God, will drive out those nations from before you, little by little. You will not be able to destroy them quickly, lest the beasts of the field outnumber you.
But the Lord, your God, will deliver them to you, and He will confound them with great confusion, until they are destroyed.
And He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you will destroy their name from beneath the heavens; no man will be able to stand up before you, until you have destroyed them.

Devarim 8.7-10
...For the Lord your God is bringing you to a good land, a land with brooks of water, fountains and depths, that emerge in valleys and mountains, a land of wheat and barley, vines and figs and pomegranates, a land of oil producing olives and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, you will lack nothing in it, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose mountains you will hew copper.
And you will eat and be sated, and you shall bless the Lord, your God, for the good land He has given you.

Devarim 8.11-14, 17-20
...Beware that you do not forget the Lord, your God, by not keeping His commandments, His ordinances, and His statutes, which I command you this day, lest you eat and be sated, and build good houses and dwell therein, and your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold increase, and all that you have increases, and your heart grows haughty, and you forget the Lord, your God,....

...and you will say to yourself, "My strength and the might of my hand has accumulated this wealth for me."
But you must remember the Lord your God, for it is He that gives you strength to make wealth, in order to establish His covenant which He swore to your forefathers, as it is this day.
And it will be, if you forget the Lord your God and follow other gods, and worship them, and prostrate yourself before them, I bear witness against you this day, that you will surely perish.
As the nations that the Lord destroys before you, so will you perish; since you will not obey the Lord your God.

Devarim 11.22-25
...For if you keep all these commandments which I command you to do them, to love the Lord, your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave to Him, then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will possess nations greater and stronger than you.
Every place upon which the soles of your feet will tread, will be yours: from the desert and the Lebanon, from the river, the Euphrates River, and until the western sea, will be your boundary.
No man will stand up before you; the Lord your God will cast the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land upon which you tread, as He spoke to you.


  1. 3 recommended videos that show the Joy of Living in Israel:
    The Times of Israel- Telling Israel's Story
    Dore Gold Cambridge Jerusalem Speech and QnA
    What does it mean to be an Israeli?

  2. LOL. If I was a Canaanite, I wouldn't speak of it. :)

  3. Really? Canaanites? Arafat already tried this, calling himself a Jebusite. It didn't work. This is one of the many reasons I am against these so-called indigenous rights groups, some of which believe in rights of some Bedouins to remain here for the same reason. (Someone please correct me, if I've gotten that wrong.)

    It doesn't matter who is indigenous or not, it matters who HaShem wants to be here in the Land.

    My argument is here in Debunking Israel's Indigenous Argument, and includes Rashi's comments on the first part of Bereishith (Genesis).