God's governance becomes the cornerstone for recognizing the imminence of the ultimate redemption. * Malbim’s lens offers a view where divine concealment and revelation are two stages in a grand narrative of redemption. * On the fifth reading of Parshas Haazinu.
"See now that it is I! I am the One, and there is no god like Me! I cause death and grant life. I strike, but I heal, and no one can rescue from My Hand!" This assertion raises a pertinent question: How does Divine omnipotence connect to the unfolding drama of redemption?
The verse is from Deuteronomy 32:39, part of the Torah portion Ha'azinu. It is a sweeping statement where God declares His supreme authority over life, death, and healing, establishing an intimate relationship with Israel and, implicitly, the entire world.
Rashi's commentary states: "It is I! I am the One: 'It is I' Who can bring someone down, and 'I am the One' Who can lift someone up. ... and no one can save from My Hand: those who sin against Me."
However, it is the Malbim who takes us deeper into the redemptive dimensions of the verse: "כאשר תבא עת הגאולה ויעשה ה' לישראל נסים ונפלאות ... אז כאלו יאמר ה' אל אשר אמרו אי אלהימו, עתה ראו כי אני שהוצאתי מארץ מצרים..." ("When the time of redemption will come and the Lord will perform miracles and wonders for Israel... then God will say to those who doubted Him, 'See now that it is I who took you out of Egypt...'")
Malbim points out that the divine miracles performed for Israel at the time of the ultimate redemption will be so great that everyone will recognize God's hand in the world. He explicates that even when it appeared that divine supervision was absent—during Israel's times of sin—it was not that they were handed over to another power. They remained under divine governance, albeit a concealed one. Malbim elaborates that this verse serves as a preamble for the revealing of God's concealed governance, transforming it into an overt expression of Divine power and authority at the time of redemption.
To internalize Malbim's insights means to live with the consciousness that every twist and turn in our life is a chapter in a divine narrative leading towards redemption. The grandeur of this future era will be so overwhelming that it will nullify all doubts about God's perpetual, active governance in the world. It provides an integrative perspective where both God’s hidden and revealed actions guide us toward a brighter, redemption-filled future.
In summary, the Malbim presents a coherent vision that not only affirms God's eternal authority but links it inextricably to the concept of redemption. This serves as a robust affirmation of the imminent arrival of Moshiach, where all divine machinations will be revealed in an undeniable panorama of Divine omnipotence.