If you follow My statutes and observe My commandments and perform them… [A]nd you will live in security in your land. And I will grant peace in the Land, and you will lie down with no one to frighten [you].
Leviticus Chapter 26 verses 3-6
Isn’t it strange that God promises that we will live in security. Isn’t this what we all want? Isn’t this on everyone’s mind now that Israel was attacked and defended itself. We hope and pray for security for all of us. Then why does He then promise peace in the land after the promise of security? Aren’t peace and security synonymous? Must be they they are distinct from each other?
These are the two things that the state of Israel has always demanded from its neighbors:
- Security from attack from without
- Internal peace within
Peace not just with the neighboring countries but also within Am Yisrael, that we the Jewish people should be at peace and harmony with each other including husbands and wives, parents and children and siblings.
There is also a third blessing, "and you will lie down with no one to frighten [you]." Anyone who has been abused like the Jewish people have over the millennia and Israel has over the last seventy years of existence, has phobias and nightmares of what the future holds. God promises us a good unworried night’s sleep with no fear of what the future may hold.