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Ki Tavo / When You Enter
For a person to say that their every accomplishment, no matter what – was a gift from God is one of the goals of creation.
Ki Tavo begins with the Bikkurim in Deuteronomy 26:1-2. ‘And it shall be, when you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it, 2 that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the Lord your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to make His name abide.’
Following this verse, the Israelites recite the history of what God had done for them and recounted how He had taken their forefathers out of a pagan heritage and delivered them into the lifestyle and heritage of His Way, setting them free from the bondage of Egypt.
It was a form of devotion by bringing the seven species back to God that the land is noted for in Deuteronomy 8:8; wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and date honey. These represent the fruit of His promise.
Tradition teaches that all of Israel would come to Jerusalem with their Bikkurim in festive processions, accompanied by music and celebrations. Bringing back to God the first fruit of the completed promise that God said would be if they obeyed. What a joy to partake in that expression of a joyful completed promise and in a land of promise where one would eat bread without poverty.
This truly represents the physical before the spiritual. Metaphorically, the Torah is likened to bread. So the spiritual intent of Deuteronomy is that Eretz Israel, the spiritual center of the universe is the most suited land for growth in Torah. Yeshua is referred to as the living mana and the bread of life. He is also the first fruits. 1 Corinthians 15:23 ‘But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Messiah’s at His coming.’ As it is written in James 1:18, “Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” In this we follow Yeshua as we are brought forth by the truth – emet - Torah.
Israel was described as the “firstfruits of God’s harvest”. Israel was to be a pledge of a greater harvest inasmuch as the land would experience God’s redemption and witness of this redemption to the nations that they too might come to know the God of Israel. Jeremiah 2:3 ‘Israel was holy to the Lord the firstfruits of His harvest. All who ate of it incurred guilt; disaster came upon them, declares the Lord.”
Moshe told the Israelites that they would see the hand of God in every kernel of grain, if they obeyed His commands. Faith brings the birthright and obedience brings the blessing. When we develop a relationship with God in all He does, we will not be void of the understanding of His teachings, the Torah. We become truly the firstfruits.
Ki Tavo holds the promise that God keeps as we learn of the blessings and curses that He set in motion so long ago when both the Houses of Israel were as one. The Covenant is very real and with great imagery and clarity in Deuteronomy 27-29. Generational curses and generational blessings lurk in our lives and unless we learn to acknowledge them, they stay dormant until they rise up. It is us that allow the generational curses or the blessings to continue in our lives, simply by the choices we make. The end chapters of Ki Tavo are very clear in what breaks the curses. God’s Word. Only God’s Word. Deuteronomy 28:1-2 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God…’
Baruch HaShem~ Rabbi Jay Howard