PARSHA BEHAR (On the Mount)-BECHUKOTAI (By My Decrees)
Last week’s Parsha (Emor) emphasized that the Cohen (priests) are called to a greater measure of holiness. It also described seven essential festivals that are fundamental to
Israel’s walk with the Lord.
“For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord.” (Leviticus 25: 3–4)
This week, Parsha Behar-Bechukotai outlines a Sabbath rest for the Land
You may wonder how the people ate. Although they couldn’t reap or sow,
And though this may seem like something of a fast, it was actually more of
“I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield
This abundance of crop in the sixth year very much resembles the double
Seven Times Seven Sabbatical Years
“Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven
Seven is a significant number in the Bible. It symbolizes wholeness,
This pattern of seven has been evident since God created the world.
After He was finished creating, He set apart the seventh day and rested. The
Similarly, God further commanded the Israelites to allow the land to
“Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all
In the 50th year, on the tenth day of the seventh month, which is Yom Kippur
This year was sanctified, set apart, and holy (kadosh) to the Lord, much the
The laws of the Shemitah applied during the Year of Jubilee.
Additionally, slaves were to go free, people were to be released from debts
“The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you
Ultimately, both the land and the people belong to God, and He instituted
In God’s system, everyone can and should live a blessed life.
The Rewards for Obedience to God’s Commands
“If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send
In the Parsha Bechukotai portion of today’s reading, which completes the
Those promises include the following (Leviticus 26: 3– 3):
• Rain in its season;
Consequences of Disobedience
“Then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths. All the time that it lies
Scripture makes it plain that if Israel refused to give the land its required
Disobedience also brought about other consequences, as well. Those
Today, terrorism is such a concern everywhere in the world, but especially
“If you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, and if you
“IF” is a tiny word with enormous ramifications.
If we listen to the Lord and keep His commandments, then we don’t need to
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the
Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
“Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he
Suffering is not always brought about by God’s judgment, so we must be
Take, for instance, the example of Job. Although he was a righteous man, he
His friends were convinced that he was guilty of secret sin and was therefore,
Job’s suffering actually came about because he was righteous. God
But even with everything stripped away from him, he still served God.
Job linked his suffering to fear, which perhaps indicates Satan’s root of access.
“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.”
Sometimes the reasons behind a person’s suffering are surprising.
In John 9, Yeshua’s (Jesus) came upon a man who had been blind since birth,
Yeshua said that neither were the cause. The man’s blindness was not due to
“This happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”
If we jump to conclusions about the source of someone’s suffering, we risk
God’s Faithfulness is Unconditional
“When they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor
Although God’s rewards for obedience may be conditional, His covenant
Even when the people of Israel suffered because of their sin in the nations
We can look at the example of Israel and gain wisdom for our own
There are so many areas where we might actually be disobedient and therefore,
In this Parsha, the Book of Leviticus ends with an important source of
“A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from
Failing to contribute financially to the Kingdom of God can have
We must never forget that everything we possess belongs to the Lord, and that
May we be found good stewards and faithful servants of the Lord, and enjoy
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