Mesilat Yesharim Part 13
One of the most interesting phenomenons of how Hashem judges people is the extreme measure that is taken for very small sins when committed by great people.
Chazal teach us that the pasuk וסביביו נשערה מאוד means that Hashem judges the righteous with a measurement the size of a hairbreadth meaning that if they cross that border of a hairbreadth, they will be punished with the most extreme punishment. For example, Avraham asked Hashem how will I know – במה אדע? Since he questioned Hashem, he was punished that his descendants were enslaved in Egypt. Another example is that since he made a treaty, a covenant without Hashem’s command, he was punished I’m that his sons smchot were delayed for seven generations.
Yaakov got angry at his wife Rachel and was punished that Leah’s children bowed down in fear to Rachel’s son Yosef.
Since he hid Dina from Esav he was punished that she was violated.
Yosef’s release from prison was delayed by two years for using two extra words when asking to be remembered.
David Hamelech called the Torah a song and was punished by the killing of Uza.
Michal didn’t bear children since she rebuked David.
All of the above teaches us Hashem’s ways that all minor actions are judged and that he doesn’t let go of any sin.
Although more is expected from greater people and they are judged more harshly, even small people are judged for their actions.
Chazal say that one shouldn’t say that Hashem forgives – כל האומר הקב”ה ותרן יותרו חייו. The only way to be forgiven is by repenting and doing Teshuva.