Day 15: El Emunah (El Hanne-eman)

The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the Lord rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery and from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is [El Emunah] who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands. But he does not hesitate to punish and destroy those who reject him. Therefore, you must obey all these commands, decrees, and regulations I am giving you today.

Deuteronomy 7:7-11

El Emunah (El Hanne-eman): The Faithful God

Faithful in love, faithful in discipline. Can you be one without the other?

God cannot; it would not be loving if He did not do what He said. Then how could we believe Him? How could we trust an arbitrary God who allowed whim to carry Him wherever it chose, who based His actions on fickle feelings? No. He is not arbitrary, whimsical, or fickle. God is deep and steady like a rock in the ocean. His steadiness, His faithfulness, settles us; it gives us certainty in the midst of chaos. God will do what He says He will do. That, at least, we can count on. Because He is El Emunah. He is faithful God.

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