As I was reading this week’s parshah/portion this morning, this stuck out to me.
Moshe/Moses is talking to the people of Israel and recapping what they have gone through in the wilderness. He has just finished explaining why they were not allowed to enter the Land. Then he adds this:
Devarim/Deuteronomy 1:37 CJB “Also, because of you ADONAI(LORD) was angry with me and said, ‘You too will not go in there’…
Notice how he blames the people for his not being allowed to enter with them? But wait a minute! That is not what B’midbar/Numbers tells us.
B’midbar/Numbers 20:10 CJB But after Moshe and Aharon had assembled the community in front of the rock, he said to them, “Listen here, you rebels! Are we supposed to bring you water from this rock?”
11 Then Moshe raised his hand and hit the rock twice with his staff. Water flowed out in abundance, and the community and their livestock drank.
12 But ADONAI said to Moshe and Aharon, “Because you did not trust in me, so as to cause me to be regarded as holy by the people of Isra’el, you will not bring this community into the land I have given them.” CJB
It was Moshe’s own actions that caused him to not be allowed to enter. Aharon/Aaron suffered the same fate. They both took credit for having water come from the rock instead of giving the glory to ADONAI. Yet, here is Moshe passing the buck and blaming them for his being denied entrance.
How many times have we had “selective” memory? How many times have we blamed others for the consequences of our own actions and attitudes? It is a very easy…and very human…thing to do!
It is something to ponder. We need to examine ourselves in light of this very human trait. Remember Adam in the garden? What did he say?
Beresheet/Genesis 3:12 CJB The man replied, “The woman you gave to be with me — she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.”
He passed the buck to Chavah/Eve and, ultimately, to God Himself! Chavah did not do any better, though.
Beresheet/Genesis 3:13 CJB ADONAI, God, said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me, so I ate.”
Now, it is true the serpent was punished for its role in all of this, but Adam and Chavah were responsible for the choices they made. They were not forced into it.
So, what about us? Are we blaming others for the consequences of our actions and attitudes? Or are we taking responsibility for our own actions?
Our Creator is not asking for perfection. He knows we are weak humans and prone to stray. But He is asking for integrity and walking in the light of truth. When we blame others for our actions, we are not walking in truth, but in lies and our hearts are filled with darkness.
So, how will you live today? In humility and transparency, owning your responsibility for your actions and attitudes? Or in pride, hiding your responsibility by blaming others?
Make wise choices!