Deuteronomy 7:22
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22  Hashem your God will dislodge those peoples before you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them at once, else the wild beasts would multiply to your hurt.

v’-na-SHAL a-do-NAI e-lo-HE-kha et ha-go-YIM ha-AYL mi-pa-NE-kha m’-AT m’-AT LO tu-KHAL ka-lo-TAM ma-HAYR pen tir-BEH a-LE-kha kha-YAT ha-sa-DEH

כב  וְנָשַׁל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶת־הַגּוֹיִם הָאֵל מִפָּנֶיךָ מְעַט מְעָט לֹא תוּכַל כַּלֹּתָם מַהֵר פֶּן־תִּרְבֶּה עָלֶיךָ חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה׃

7:22   Hashem your God will dislodge those peoples before you little by little

In response to the concern that the People of Israel will not be able to drive the nations of Canaan out of their land, Hashem reassures them with a surprising promise: “Hashem your God will dislodge those peoples before you little by little.” Would it not be more comforting to know that the period of conquest would be quick, as opposed to long and drawn out? How is this promise of a, protracted military campaign of comfort to the people? The end of the verse provides the answer. If all of the people of Canaan would have fled at one time, large portions of land would have been left unpopulated, allowing for dangerous, wild beasts to enter and roam the land. In order to prevent this from happening, the Israelites were told that they would capture the land in stages. The modern era has also seen the remarkable return of Jewish people to their land, and it has again happened in stages, “little by little.”

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  • One can understand their fears, they may be thinking of all the times they have complained or not been obedient, but Hashem remained faithful and forgave them. Cast out 'little by little', not surprising in one way. It will take time to adjust to not wandering in the desert, there will be a time to settle and a time to start to work, and the 'little by little' will cause their strength and confidence to grow. Sometimes when we have all we want at once we can misuse and abuse the gift or the freedom. Yes Hashem wants them to rely on Him but he also wants them to 'take the land!' no army can fight on fronts and win, bit by bit!

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Deuteronomy 7:22

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