… that he may instruct his children and those after them to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is just and right…
In Judaism it is not enough to believe the right things, what matters is to do the right thing. Faith isn’t as important as deeds.
As Jews we are the people mentioned in this verse, the “those after them” this week’s parshah refers to. If we want to follow in Abraham’s footsteps and be his true heirs, we need to be more than “nice folks”. In his partnership with man, God expects us to make the right ethical choices.
Yet how are we to know what is “just and right”? The answer seems to lie in this very same verse, through instruction. We cannot rely on instinct alone. In the numerous commentaries that have been added to the Torah since it was given to us on Mont Sinai, we have a global navigation system that can help us accomplish this daunting mission.
Last year’s parshah post: Sacrifice Your Son?