The Torah says as Moses got older he traveled throughout Egypt. While traveling Moses noticed how difficult life was for the Israelites. Randomly, one day, Moses saw an Egyptian and a Israelite fighting with each other. Moses jumps in the fight to defend the Israelite, in the midst of the scuffle the Egyptian dies. Moses being highly embarrassed and very scared buries the Egyptian and leaves.
The next day, Moses stumbles upon two Israelites fighting against each other, and says- why are you guys fighting? the Israelites replied; “who made you Chief and ruler over us?” Then sarcastically reminding Moses of his actions the day before by saying; “do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?”.
These series of events are fascinating because later in Moses’s life, God presence a new vision for his existence through the burning bush experience. The new set of responsibilities from God frightened Moses. Exposing one of Moses’s biggest fears - that the Israelites would not listen to him (shemote 4:1).
One could argue the reason why Moses didn’t feel people with listen to him was because of his past mistakes. Moses had the thought process of “I’m a nobody, I’m a sinner, I had to flee; why would anyone listen to me?”
I think everyone can relate to Growing Up and looking back on their past seeing mistakes. The challenge is.. not to get stuck in the past. Perceiving ourselves through the lenses of the mistakes we’ve made, not giving a new future a chance.
Moses accepting God’s Commandments at the burning bush wasn’t just a great Act of spiritual fortitude. The Torah is showing us a human being deciding to move forward in life, letting go of the past. Moses’s strength to move forward in life, leaving the past behind, was trusting God’s words God’s Direction. As we trust in God’s Direction, we gain the blessing of experiencing a life beyond our imagination.
Just like Moses did!
-Shariff Mordechai Hazan for Congress 2016