Re’eh (Behold/See to It)
Torah: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17, Numbers 28:9-15
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Apostolic Scriptures: John 7:37-52, 1 Peter 2:4-10
I’ve always been intrigued by passages in the Scriptures that contain a phrase similar to “…that it may go well with you.” To me they’ve always seemed like a set of special, secret rules to a happy and prosperous life. I’ve often wondered what the results of a survey of Torah-obedient, faithful believers versus faithfully unaffiliated people would look like.
The first mention of this phrase is found in this week’s parashah, specifically in Deuteronomy 12:25 in reference to abstaining from eating blood.
“You shall not eat it, so that it may be well with you and your sons after you, for you will be doing what is right in the sight of the LORD.
The same phrase is used approximately 20 times (depending on the translation) including once in the Apostolic Scriptures (a reference in Ephesians 6 to Deuteronomy 5). The majority of them are found in Deuteronomy as Moshe is recounting the wisdom he has acquired to the people of Israel before they enter the land without him, before he takes his last breath.
So what do these passages and promises have in common? Each implores that the people obey HaShem’s commands, both in general and specifically. The specific mitzvot seem to be indicative of the entire Torah as well. For instance, Deuteronomy 12:25 mentioned above speaks of not eating blood, representative of purity as a whole. Deuteronomy 5:16 instructs the faithful to honor their parents who presumably should point their children toward righteous living in light of Torah. The formula is actually quite simple, yet incredibly profound: The One, True God calls us to one, true method of worship and promises satisfaction as a result of obedience.
What is particularly interesting about this point is that the haftarah parashah points to the fact that HaShem always intended to build intimate relationships with the other nations of the world just as he had with Israel.
 “For I know their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory. …  “I will also take some of them for priests and for Levites,” says the LORD. – (Isaiah 66:18, 21 NASB)
How could HaShem take people from other nations and consider them priests and Levites except that they become part of Israel? The Apostolic Scriptures blatantly reject the man-made process of proselytism (ritual conversion to Judaism) so the only valid process that remains is being “grafted in,” referred to in Romans 11. The point is that HaShem looks at each human the same and calls us all to the same level and method of worship and obedience. (This is far from an exhaustive argument for the appropriateness of Torah-living for non-Hebrews but that will have to wait for other writings.) The promised clause, “that it may go well with you,” just like salvation in general, is open to all who would accept it!
As usual, Yeshua said it best:
 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ” If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.  “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” – (John 7:37-38 NASB)
HaShem invites all nations of the world to believe, repent, and obey without partiality. May he bless us abundantly as we pursue obedience in faith that it may go well with us.