God tells the Israelites – For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you, plans to give you a hope and a future. In fact, when you read the blissfulness Adam and Eve enjoyed and into which we were supposed to be born…its sobering…what were they thinking!!!
After the “fall”…when Adam and Eve defied God, the punishment for their defiance was not hell, but “work”. Everything they enjoyed as a matter of existence, living by the breath of God, they now had to work for. The land wouldn’t just produce a harvest, they had to work to produce a harvest and there would be years when the harvest would fail.
Even after this catastrophic change of circumstances, God made a way to restore men from living by the works of their hands to living by His Grace. He identified a man called Abraham and decided to bless Him and his offspring forever. God decided that once more men will live by Grace on the face of the earth.
But time after time, the children of Israel exercised their free will and defied God…defiance is the thing that blocks Grace – humans being sustained by God, by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God…our entire existence could be lived through Grace.