These two sentences comprise one essential aspect of the relationship between Israel and the Creator. We indeed are always connected to Him as our forefathers were in the desert of Sinai during forty years after their Exodus from Egypt. Actually, they initiated this connection with Him that we still have as long as we want to be aware of it. We are long enough with Him in our Torah study, in which we realize the identity He shaped for us, and in our full awareness of it we must go out into the world and take on our journey by the hand of this identity.
The key of this awareness is to constantly live God's will for us in every aspect of consciousness. As we have mentioned many times, His will is His Commandments which we perform with His attributes of compassion, grace and loving kindness, for these qualities are our common bond with His Love.
As long as we confront the fantasies and illusions of a materialistic approach to life with Love's attributes, we secure our connection with God's Love. This confrontation is symbolized by the children of Israel and their wars against the corrupted nations settled in the Promised Land.
If we doubt God's Love for us, as well as Love's attributes as the means for our individual and collective Redemption, we will live under the dominion of egotism, separation, indifference, cruelty, lust, envy, indolence and all that keeps us apart from the embracing unity that Love is and amplifies. This is one of the meanings of the following verse.
Sometimes we are extremely overwhelmed and subdued by negative fantasies and illusions, and seem incapable to overcome them. It feels like an addiction to a potent drug from which we are completely dominated. At this critical point we must trust Love as our way out, as our redeemer and deliverer, because Love fights and wins our wars against the negative choices we make and their consequences.
Let's refer back to the two sentences pointed out above, because in our connection with the Creator we become aware of the power we experience when we walk in His ways. We need to know His ways in order to fully assimilate the power of loving kindness, compassion and grace as some of the main attributes of Love as the material manifestation of God's Love.
Life is our journey and we must live it embracing the goodness of Love's ways and attributes. We are born to be loved, nurtured, cared for and protected in order to be able to love, nurture, care and protect others as well. That's the reason we are in this material world. Love is its own cause and effect. As long as we realize this Truth we are ready to live life regardless negative, violent and hostile illusions that many people experience in this world.
However, most of us prefer to live in the goodness of life trying to overlook wickedness, and avoiding negativity and evil by separating ourselves from their influence and predicament. This seems the best way to keep our “cool” and protect ourselves from danger and potential harm. But this is not what the Creator wants from us. That's the meaning of the the two lines mentioned above. It was meant to be that way back then in the desert and also now.
In the desert God's Love provided for all that our forefathers needed and in that place and time nothing made them different among each other, because they all lived under God's care and protection. Likewise, when we all live in Love's ways and attributes nothing makes us different from each other because we all share the same approach and the same attitude towards each other. Nothing makes us better or superior to each other because we share the same identity.
The challenge begins when we go out into a world filled with materialistic fantasies and illusions that separate us from Love as our common Essence and approach to each other. At this point we are compelled to confront such illusions with the strength and power of the awareness of who we truly are.
Love makes us better because Love is better than anything different from its ways and attributes. These shape the way we live, in the same way that God's Love shapes and sustains His Creation. In the freedom that Love gives us, because Love is our freedom, we love our Creator and His will for us.
This task or mission begins with us individually, and we do it by learning God's ways and attributes as stated in His Torah, and how He relates to His Creation. Once we acquire this knowledge, we integrate it into all levels and dimensions of consciousness in order to manifest it in what we discern, believe, think, feel, speak and do. This is how we redeem ourselves and those around us: by making Love's ways our ways. When we do this individually and collectively Redemption comes.
We have mentioned many times that some of our Sages say that the Final Redemption comes when we start to love each other without preconditions or hidden agendas, what they refer to as “uncalled for Love”. We do this as the way to clear the darkness of all that opposes Love's ways.
This endeavor does not mean that we have to force everybody to abandon their wicked ways and instantly embrace Love's ways. Love does not force itself on anything or anybody.
This is the task of Love and as we engage on it, God's Love is also on our side helping us fight the wars against the potential negative aspects of consciousness represented by the nations that occupied the Promised Land.