Appreciating What God has Done for the People

Aug 30, 2015

וַיִּקְרָא מֹשֶׁה אֶל־כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם אַתֶּם רְאִיתֶם אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה יְהֹוָה לְעֵינֵיכֶם בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם לְפַרְעֹה וּלְכָל־עֲבָדָיו וּלְכָל־אַרְצוֹ׃

Moshe summoned all Yisrael and said to them: You have seen all that Hashem did before your very eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his courtiers and to his whole country:

Deuteronomy 29:1

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת־דִּבְרֵי הַבְּרִית הַזֹּאת וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם לְמַעַן תַּשְׂכִּילוּ אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשׂוּן׃

Therefore observe faithfully all the terms of this covenant, that you may succeed in all that you undertake.

Deuteronomy 29:8

Moses rounds out the portion by reminding the people of all God has done for them. He recounts the plagues and miracles in Egypt, the wonders which they have witnessed in the desert. He reminds the people that for forty years in the desert, their clothes and shoes have not worn out and they have not eaten bread nor drunk strong wine. God smote the kings who advanced towards them in the place where they now stand, and the land was awarded to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh. Therefore, Moses tells the people, they should be sure to follow God’s commandments.

 

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