Parsha Thought – Va’era


Moses and Aaron went before Pharaoh. (1984 illustration by Jim Padgett)

This week we come to the second parsha of the book of Shemot/Exodus, “Va’era” (And I appeared). The reading is Exodus 6:2-9:35.

Moshe is approached again by Elohim and told to go to Pharaoh once again and demand that the Israelites be set free. He pleads with Elohim that he shouldn’t be the one for the job because of his impeded speech. Moshe didn’t view himself as a qualified person to adequately execute the task. He knew that he was limited in his abilities and would, in no way, be effectively able to make such a demand.

Isn’t it amazing that when we humble ourselves we see His hand at work? We need to realize that our weaknesses are an opportunity for HaShem to be our strength and do things far beyond our abilities.

How many times have we said, “I can’t”? How many times has He replied, “Ani Yahweh (I am Yahweh) and I can”.

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