Parashat Ki Tavo features: first fruits, tithes, the ceremonial blessings and curses on Mounts Gerizim and Eival.
This week’s haftorah is the sixth of a series of seven “Haftarot of Consolation.” These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha b’Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah.
In the Apostolic writings, Paul exhorts gentile believers to trust that the Almighty has a remnant in Israel, that Israel will be provoked to jealousy by the sanctification of gentiles and that Israel will accept Yeshua resulting in tremendous blessing.
The seventh portion of the book of Devarim/Deuteronomy is Ki Tavo, which means “When You Come.” This is the 50th Torah Portion.
Torah: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8(9)
Haftorah: Isaiah 60:1-22
Apostolic: Romans 11:1-15
You can read or listen to the Haftarah and Apostolic portions below:
“Arise, shine [Yerushalayim],
for your light has come,
the glory of HaShem
has risen over you.
For although darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness the peoples;
on you HaShem will rise;
over you will be seen his glory.
Nations will go toward your light
and kings toward your shining splendor.
Raise your eyes and look around:
they are all assembling and coming to you;
your sons are coming from far off,
your daughters being carried on their nurses’ hips.
Then you will see and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with delight;
for the riches of the seas will be brought to you,
the wealth of nations will come to you.
Caravans of camels will cover your land,
young camels from Midyan and ‘Eifah,
all of them coming from Sh’va,
bringing gold and frankincense,
and proclaiming the praises of HaShem.
All the flocks of Kedar will be gathered for you,
the rams of N’vayot will be at your service;
they will come up and be received on my altar,
as I glorify my glorious house.
“Who are these, flying along like clouds,
like doves to their dovecotes?
The coastlands are putting their hope in me,
with the ‘Tarshish’ ships in the lead,
to bring your children from far away,
and with them their silver and gold,
for the sake of HaShem your G-d,
the Holy One of Isra’el, who glorifies you.
Foreigners will rebuild your walls,
their kings will be at your service;
for in my anger I struck you,
but in my mercy I pity you.
Your gates will always be open,
they will not be shut by day or by night,
so that people can bring you the wealth of nations,
with their kings led in procession.
For the nation or kingdom that won’t serve you will perish;
yes, those nations will be utterly destroyed.
“The glory of the L’vanon will come to you,
cypresses together with elm trees and larches,
to beautify the site of my sanctuary —
I will glorify the place where I stand.
The children of your oppressors will come
and bow low before you,
all who despised you will fall at your feet,
calling you the city of HaShem,
Tziyon of the Holy One of Isra’el.
“In the past you were abandoned and hated,
so that no one would even pass through you;
but now I will make you the pride of the ages,
a joy for many generations.
You will drink the milk of nations,
you will nurse at royal breasts
and know that I, HaShem, am your Savior,
your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Ya‘akov.
“For bronze I will bring you gold,
for iron I will bring you silver,
bronze in place of wood,
and iron in place of stones.
I will make shalom your governor
and righteousness your taskmaster.
Violence will no longer be heard in your land,
desolation or destruction within your borders;
instead, you will call your walls Salvation
and your gates Praise.
“No more will the sun be your light by day,
nor will moonlight shine on you;
instead HaShem will be your light forever
and your G-d your glory.
No longer will your sun go down;
your moon will no longer wane;
for HaShem will be your light forever;
your days of mourning will end.
All your people will be tzaddikim;
they will inherit the land forever;
they will be the branch I planted,
my handiwork, in which I take pride.
The smallest will grow to a thousand,
the weakest will become a mighty nation.
I, HaShem, when the right time comes,
will quickly bring it about.”
“In that case, I say, isn’t it that G-d has repudiated his people?” Heaven forbid! For I myself am a son of Isra’el, from the seed of Avraham, of the tribe of Binyamin. G-d has not repudiated his people, whom he chose in advance. Or don’t you know what the Tanakh says about Eliyahu? He pleads with G-d against Isra’el, “HaShem, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars, and I’m the only one left, and now they want to kill me too!” But what is G-d’s answer to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not knelt down to Ba‘al.” It’s the same way in the present age: there is a remnant, chosen by grace. (Now if it is by grace, it is accordingly not based on legalistic works; if it were otherwise, grace would no longer be grace.) What follows is that Isra’el has not attained the goal for which she is striving. The ones chosen have obtained it, but the rest have been made stonelike, just as the Tanakh says,
“G-d has given them a spirit of dullness —
eyes that do not see
and ears that do not hear,
right down to the present day.”
And David says,
“Let their dining table become for them
a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a punishment.
Let their eyes be darkened, so that they can’t see,
with their backs bent continually.”
“In that case, I say, isn’t it that they have stumbled with the result that they have permanently fallen away?” Heaven forbid! Quite the contrary, it is by means of their stumbling that the deliverance has come to the Gentiles, in order to provoke them to jealousy. Moreover, if their stumbling is bringing riches to the world — that is, if Isra’el’s being placed temporarily in a condition less favored than that of the Gentiles is bringing riches to the latter — how much greater riches will Isra’el in its fullness bring them! However, to those of you who are Gentiles I say this: since I myself am an emissary sent to the Gentiles, I make known the importance of my work in the hope that somehow I may provoke some of my own people to jealousy and save some of them! For if their casting Yeshua aside means reconciliation for the world, what will their accepting him mean? It will be life from the dead!