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Shelach Lecha 37-3

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Numbers 14:8-25

"Now may the Lord's strength be displayed, just as you have declared: 'The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.' In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now."

Num. 14:17-19 NIV

Who is stronger, the one who punishes or the one who forgives?

Moshe asked the Eternal that His power be great and show mercy instead of acting in rigorous justice. What do mercy and forgiveness have to do with power? Wouldn't it be a greater manifestation of power to be able to exterminate the whole people in an instant?

This text teaches us that the Eternal has to use more power for mercy and forgiveness than for punishment.

It is so for men too. It's easier to act in a feeling of anger and outrage before injustice and sin than with mercy and forgiveness. It requires more power to forgive than to take revenge. The one who knows how to forgive is more powerful than the one who demands a fair sentence.

Let the Eternal's example be the guide for your behaviour. Let Him strengthen your inner man and allow mercy to triumph upon judgement in your dealings with your neighbour.

The one who knows how to forgive is powerful!

Kol tuv,

Ketriel


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