This week (Shabbat Masei - Numbers 33: 1 - 36:13) we read about the wanderings as we Moses summarizes the entire route from the Exodus until the people are standing, waiting to cross over into the promised land.
Why Was G-d So Good To Us?
If you were paying attention the people, from leaving Egypt, to the Golden Calf, to the spies...to the wandering in the bamidbar (wilderness) they continued to moan and groan and doubt. In this parsha we are shown the love G-d has for his people. Oh sure, once or twice Moses had to plead for G-d to "simmer down a bit" but, always He provided for every need of His children. From the food to water to even the clothing and shoes that...never wore out.
It's The Same Today...
We often grumble at keeping the commandments. "What, pray...again?" "What? Why should I put on tifillin? I've got to get to work!" "Kosher? Nah...that's only because they didn't have refrigerators back then" We continue to doubt while G-d continues to provide for our every need...if only we would learn how to ask.
You see we have a unique relationship with G-d. He is truly our King...but He is also our Father. If only...if only we would realize that.
In this Paraha we are told about the boundaries of Israel. No, not the boundaries placed on us today by man...but what G-d said. It makes for some interesting reading. Num. 34:1 - 15.
Might you all have a wonderful Shabbat. Oh, and that surprise. Did you know that the entire book of Devarim (Deuteronomy) took place in one day. The final day of the life of Moses.