This week’s final Leviticus Portion, B’Chukotai (“In My Statures”), Leviticus 26:3-27:34, issues warnings and admonitions. Since chapter 16, the focus has been on maintaining our holiness; in chapter 26 God gives a short list of blessings for obedience and finishes with a long list of curses for disobedience.
God’s Blessings for obedience: rain & bounteous crops, peace & safety in the land, protection from enemies and fellowship with Him. His curses for disobedience increase in severity: sickness, defeat, wild beasts, famine, siege, exile and the fate of the remnants. This chapter closes with His promise of restoration following repentance.
The book ends as in began: with a list of regulations concerning the Sanctuary: Temple “fees” to dedicate various groups of people, houses, fields and animals.
As we finish reading these final verses of Leviticus, we say: “Chazak, chazak, ve-nitchazek!” Be strong, be strong, and let us be strengthened!”