Leviticus 26:3 If you walk in My statutes וְאת־ and keep My commandments and do אתם them; 4 Then I will give you rain in its season and the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will yield their fruit. C-MATS
Question: Why does it say throughout the Torah, “If you obey, you will receive such and such; if you do not obey, it shall happen to you such and such”–things that are of the present world, such as plenty and hunger, war and peace, sovereignty and conquest, inhabitancy of the land and exile, success and failure, and the like? יהוה promised us in the Torah that if we observe it with joy… He will remove from us all things that may prevent us from fulfilling it, such as illness, war, hunger, and the like, and He will bestow upon us all blessings that bolster our hand to observe the Torah such as abundant food, peace, and much gold and silver, in order that we should not need to preoccupy ourselves all our days with our material needs but be free to learn the wisdom and observe the commandments by which we shall merit the life of the World To come.
Question: What does “If you live according to my laws and obey my commands” actually mean? If you will follow My decrees by engaging in intensive Torah study, with the intention that such study will lead you to observe My commandments properly, and, if you actually do perform them, you will merit the blessings given in the following verses.
5 And shall last until your threshing את־ until the grape harvest and the grape harvest will extend to את־ the sowing time: and you will eat as much as you want and live in your land safely.
Question: How plentiful will your crops be if you keep the laws of the Sabbatical years? The prosperity will be so great that you will still be busy threshing your grain when the time comes to harvest your grapes, and you will still be occupied with your vintage when the time comes to sow next year’s grain. The verse stresses that constant activity is part of the blessing.
Question: Is working hard a blessing? When people are busy, they feel fulfilled and their health is better, as the verse says, you will eat your bread until you have had enough, and they have neither the time nor the inclination to go visiting other lands, as the verse says, you will dwell securely in your land. But when people are idle, they seek amusement and motivation. They lose the discipline of home, routine, and community. This increases the dangers of sin and has ill effects even on physical well-being.
Spiritual Exercise: Seek fulfillment in working hard this week. Do not seek ways to amuse or pleasure yourself.