Orators of days past would love to have the ability to sway a group in such a way.
But who would have guessed he had it in him? Who am I talking about? Moshe.
Chapter 1This week's parsha starts the farewell speech of Moshe. It will continue on until the end of the Book of Devarim. Lot of words for a man that suggests he has issues speaking. And yet he perseveres up until his death.
You can overcome your fate. Look at his story:
- Should have drowned as a baby
- Saved by a Princess
- Does not know his family for nearly 80 years
- Raised in the palace
- Commits a murder
- Hunted down by the palace
- Escapes the police to live in exile
- Gets Married
- Sees a Flaming Bush that does not burn
- Speaks to God and God speaks back to him and he lived
- Told to go save the slaves in the country he fled
- Finds out at 80 years old, he has a brother who will help him on this journey
- Puts his trust in God and goes back to the country where he is wanted for murder
- Demands from the ruler to let an estimated 2million slaves leave
- Brings 10 plagues on the country and it's people
- Leaves with the slaves and most of the metals, food, precious gems and other items of value
- Crosses a river that miraculously splits for him
- Receives the 10 commandments...twice
- Watches a golden calf get created and destroyed
- Wanders around int he desert for 40 years because after 2 years they can not put their trust in him or God
- And through the next 38 years he puts up with nagging, arguments, civil unrest and demands for food and water
- Battles numerous giants, nations, people and wins all the ones he took part in
- Survives a curse by a necromancer
- Lastly, because he hits a rock instead of speaking to it, gets to die on a mountain top vista overlooking the one goal he had for 40 years
You think you work hard? He had no life balance he was 100% a 24x7 leader...for 40 years.
You may not have all the "luck" Moshe had, but you may live and work long into your later years and you may find there is a better goal in mind in the end than what you started with back when you were young.
Parsha Devarim in the book of Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
It is said that the Torah or Bible could be interpreted in over 70 ways. More likely these days 100's of ways. In light of this idea, I am writing some posts that bring a business sense to what we can learn on a weekly basis. Enjoy, Shabbat Shalom