The Torah tells us five times that Moses said no to God after he commanded him to be the leader of the Israelites. The fifth time is brought to us with interesting words, as written:
“וַיֹּ֨אמֶר יְהוָ֜ה אֵלָ֗יו מִ֣י שָׂ֣ם פֶּה֮ לָֽאָדָם֒ א֚וֹ מִֽי־יָשׂ֣וּם אִלֵּ֔ם א֣וֹ חֵרֵ֔שׁ א֥וֹ פִקֵּ֖חַ א֣וֹ עִוֵּ֑ר הֲלֹ֥א אָנֹכִ֖י יְהוָֽה׃ וְעַתָּ֖ה לֵ֑ךְ וְאָנֹכִי֙ אֶֽהְיֶ֣ה עִם־פִּ֔יךָ וְהוֹרֵיתִ֖יךָ אֲשֶׁ֥ר תְּדַבֵּֽר׃וַיֹּ֖אמֶר בִּ֣י אֲדֹנָ֑י שְֽׁלַֽח־נָ֖א בְּיַד־תִּשְׁלָֽח׃”
“The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” (Exodus 4:11-13)
The last sentence in verse 13 is translated literally-“Pardon me The Lord-please send with your hand send”. In other words- Moses is ready to give up the leadership even though he knows that he can’t. The Midrash mentioned that the conversation in the burning bush was seven days. Eventually God decided not to speak anymore but to act, and explained Moses that Aaron is on his way to meet him and that he will speak to the people- NO MORE EXCUSS.
And Moses went. This is how his leadership started. Sometimes speaking is not enough.
Especially if it seven days of speaking!
Have a lovely day, Eli
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