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וְהָיָה כִּֽי־תָבֹוא אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לְךָ נַחֲלָה וִֽירִשְׁתָּהּ וְיָשַׁבְתָּ בָּֽהּ

V'hayah ki tavo el-ha'arets asher ADONAI Eloheycha noteyn l'cha nachalah virish'tah v'yashavta bah

"When you have come to the land ADONAI your God is giving you as your inheritance, taken possession of it and settled there..."

Ki Tavo means, “When you come.” The opening p’sukim (verses) speak to Isra’el about taking of the first fruit of the ground (Hebrew: “וְלָקַחְתָּ֞ מֵרֵאשִׁ֣ית כָּל־פְּרִ֣י הָאֲדָמָ֗ה”) and offering it to the LORD upon entering into the Land of Promise. To offer the first of the produce of the ground was to affirm and signify that the person was dedicating everything he has to the service of HaShem. What is more, this offering was a declaration of HaShem’s faithfulness that as he swore to our ancestors he has indeed performed: “We have come to the Land of Promise!” (See verse 3)

The offering, like any other offering, was facilitated through the priest. This has always been HaShem’s pattern of worship, and it remains down to this day. All who carefully name the name of the LORD must approach him in the sacrificial intercession of his Only and Unique Son Yeshua. To approach him otherwise is to risk rejection and ultimately spiritual death. Thus, the pattern remains.
— Parashat Ki Tavo