Do our words really matter? And what about the attitudes that our words reveal? Would you say words and attitudes have an effect on outcomes in our lives? Torah portion BeShalach will give us some insights about these questions. Let’s see…..
Exodus 17:1b-3 … and there was no water for the people to drink. Why the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said to them, Why chide you with me? Why do ye tempt the LORD? And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Why is this that you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
- Was it Moses’ fault that there was no water? Had Moses brought them out to die?
- Did anyone speak encouraging words or offer a good solution? Did anyone say, let’s turn to G-d, or remember the miracles G-d had just done for them and speak of these miracles?
And the story continues………….
Exodus 17:4-8 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do to this people? They be almost ready to stone me. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with you of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, with which you smote the river, take in your hand, and go. Behold I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not? Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
The names Massah and Meribah mean testing and quarreling! And chiding means the children of Israel were critical of Moses, rebuking him, though this trial had not been of his making! The LORD was giving them this test. And what was the outcome of all this negativity? Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. Only more strife came! What do we learn from this? In our hard times, let’s remember and speak of the mercies and the miracles of our amazing G-d. He is with us and He will never leave nor forsake us! David said: Psalm 34:10b Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Those words encourage us all to keep praising the Lord.