Don’t we all start out with optimistic plans? We are going to accomplish great things, be great spouses and parents, build our businesses and ever so much more. Yet, somehow, we sometimes find ourselves still single, still yelling at our kids, still working at a dead-end job struggling to make ends meet. We haven’t made the impact we hoped to on our communities, family or friends. Perhaps a Hebrew word can move us back on track.
Just before Moses and Aaron confront Pharaoh, God threatens Moses for neglecting to circumcise his son. God would have terminated Moses’ career, had Moses’ wife, Tziporah, not intervened. (Exodus 4:24-26) What is going on?
We get a clue from the language used in and around this event: