Shalom All, Welcome to this week’s Torah / Bible Portion study. “See (רְאֵה Re’eh),” says Moses to the people of Israel, “I place before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of YHWH your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of YHWH your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.” (Deuteronomy 11:26–28).
Last week in study section called “Eikev”, Moses promised the Israelites that if they were obedient to the commands of the Torah (Yahweh’s righteous living instructions), they would prosper in the Promised Land. This week, as the children of Israel stand poised to cross over into the Jordan, God sets before the people two separate and distinct directions: a way of blessing if they choose to obey God’s commandments and a way of cursing if they choose to walk in disobedience to those laws. These are universal and eternal commands, so apply today. These two directions, the blessing and the curse, are to be proclaimed on two mountain tops in the Land: Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal. “Now it shall be, when Yahweh your God has brought you into the land which you go to possess, that you shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal” (Deuteronomy 11:29).
Today, Nablus rests between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal, the mountains on which the Israelites were commanded to pronounce the blessings and curses upon entering the Promised Land. This is also the location of Biblical Shechem, the place where Abram built an altar to Yahweh (Genesis 12:6–8).
After the giving of Gods instructions and His keeping of His covenant made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to bring their descendants into a promised land, almost the whole bible after is the record of how they kept or broke His commandments. The punishments, inclusive of exile, scattering and death of those that disobeyed. It was an extremely serious matter that led Daniel to fast and pray for forgiveness of his sins and that of the nation. Do you really think God would excuse those of today breaking the same instructions? It makes no sense if that is your belief. Deu 11:32 And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day.
Each one of us has been given this same choice to follow Him or not; in fact, the entire direction of our lives depends on which path we choose, the path of the blessing or of the curse. Yahshua (thought to be Jesus by many) the Messiah also told us of two paths, the narrow path that leads to life and the broad path that leads to destruction. Sadly, it seems that few choose the narrow path. Most walk that broad path of destruction.