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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

BeShalach 16-7

When (he) sent

Exodus 17:1-16

So they quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water to drink." Moses replied, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the LORD to the test?"

Ex. 17:2 NIV

Who did the people quarrel with?

When a man sent by the Eternal carries out his tasks he is representing the Eternal. This means that whatever is done against this man is done against the Eternal. All grumbling against a servant of the Eternal is grumbling against the Eternal.

This is one of the ten times that the people tested the Eternal and that they refused to hear His voice (Num. 14:22). HaShem counted this grumbling and gossiping against Moshe as if it were against Himself and this brought severe consequences to the ones involved. It's not the same to grumble against a neighbour than to do it against someone with authority. Rebellion against the authorities will always reach the One who has put men in a position of authority.

Let's be careful when thinking and speaking against those who are in a position of authority.

Shabbat shalom,


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