Thursday, February 25, 2016
Ki Tissa (When you take) / Sh’mot (Exodus) 30:11 – 34:35 / parasha #3 – 33:12 – 16
Ki Tissa (When you take)
Sh’mot (Exodus) 30:11 – 34:35
parasha #3 – 33:12 – 16
Though this is a rather short segment of our reading this week, it seems to me that much like verses 32:31 – 32 in this week’s second parashah, we get a peek at the heart of Moshe. It is also reminiscent of Abraham having taken Isaac to Mount Moriah in order to worship the Lord.
Verses 15 – 17 in chapter 33 are really my main point. Moshe is reticent to move forward without the presence of the Lord going before the people. He stated the following in his reply to the Lord having promised to:
“If Your presence does not go with us, do not make us go
on from here. For how else is it to be known that I have
found favor in Your sight, I and Your people, other than by
Your going with us? That is what distinguishes us, me and
Your people, from all the other peoples on earth.”
What is it that Moshe stated separates the Children of Israel from the rest of the people of the world? HaShem. Adonai. The Ancient of Days. He was/is the One Who separates the descendants of Jacob from the rest of the world.
Let us take a moment to also peruse chapter 32’s verses 30 – 32. What is it you see? Do you see it? Moshe offered himself to potentially make atonement for the sins of His, HaShem’s, people. Of course he was rejected, for there is only one Redeemer, there is only One Who can atone. But, that One is The Prophet HaShem will raise up from among the Hebrew people. Even more telling is that Moshe tells the people that they should sh’ma all His words. See Deuteronomy 18:15 – 16 which is also quoted in Acts 4:22 - 23 and 7:36.
Perhaps what we see in the two selections I have alluded to in this week’s reading is not Moshe revealing his heart to HaShem, but HaShem letting Moshe reveal his heart to himself. This is very similar to B’resheit (Genesis) 22:12. Did HaShem really only know at this pint that Abraham feared God more than he loved his son, or was He allowing Abraham (and perhaps Isaac also) to see his own heart and realize that he feared Adonai to this magnificent extent.
May my heart and yours, but I’m concentrating on my lack, grow to be more representative of these two icons of the faith. And let us not forget the One Who was able to atone for our sins, for it was He Who said that He ultimately wanted His father’s will to be done over His own desires.