Updated: Feb 27
Rabbi Alexander Tsykin
Faith...involves trusting in the future promises of God and waiting for their fulfilment. -- R. C. Sprout
This week's Torah portion starts with an incredibly outlandish claim. G-d says to Moshe: "This is my name... and I did not reveal [it] to Abraham, Isaac, of Jacob." However, we know that our forefathers knew G-d's name. We know that He told it to them. What could G-d mean here?
Many have asked this question. Rashi answers that they did not see the fulfilment of the promise to bring the People of Israel into the Land of Israel. They simply received the promise and believed that it was true. However, Moshe is different. G-d tells him: "You will now see the fulfilment of my promises. You will see my wondrous power." The Jews in the time of the Exodus from Egypt saw the amazing might of Hashem and witnessed the awesome power which he used for them. It was easy for them to believe in the promise to our forefathers because they saw it being fulfilled. In our day, we have once again witnessed the fulfilment for the promise. We have experienced the return of our people to our land.
May we continue to see wonders into the future and experience the hand of G-d in our lives.