וְהָיָה, כַּאֲשֶׁרדִּמִּיתִי לַעֲשׂוֹת לָהֶם–אֶעֱשֶׂה לָכֶם

Numbers 33:55 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants ofthe land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thornsin your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.

Numbers 33:56 And then I will do to you what I plan to do tothem.\’"

God is telling Moses to inform the children of Israel that they are about to enter the Land that he chose for them as inheritance.  God gives specific instructions to remove and destroy the inhabitants of the Land with all their idols and places of worship.

God is specific, "this is your land and you can divide itamong yourselves". Then comes verse 33:55 (above), which we can easily understand. If we leave some of them in the land, they can cause trouble. It makes complete sense. But when we come to 33:56 (above), it doesn\’t make much sense.Here God is saying that whatever he planned to do to them, will be done to the Israelites.

What is the connection? Why should they suffer? They didn\’t do anything bad. Where is the sin (cause) to bring a punishment (effect)?

 

This is a point where we should understand the reason forthe whole creation. God made this world for us with a perfect system of cause and effect. On the Seventh day, God turned on the main switch and the world started running on the basic principles of cause and effect. God is the system.God is in every Atom of existence, ready to empower every desire that we have.We can do good or bad with that force, it is our choice.

In verse 33:56 the Torah teaches us that if we leave room for negativity, it will invade every part of our existence, the eyes represent the consciousness and the sides are our outer existence.

The Hebrew text explains the effect deeper than the simple English translation. It uses the root word "image", like in "\’Letus make man in our image". This is the process of evolution fromspiritual to material. When the chaos is the manifestation of the forces of negativity,if we let it stay in our dwelling then we will have chaos as well.

"One bad apple spoils the barrel"

Get rid of negativity from yourself and your environment. Aslong as you fight it out you\’ll be in good shape, but if you give up and let itin, chaos will rain.

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