Have you ever noticed how sometimes one carries out one’s work effectively but without joy? There are other times when every task is exhilarating and uplifting. In both situations, the work gets done and your business progresses, but in the latter case, there’s an additional bounce in one’s step.
Building a marriage and building a business share many similarities. There are times in every marriage when the marriage functions, but it operates mechanically. Husband and wife carry out their duties and obligations but without passion. At other times, every moment of life is enhanced by the magic of the marriage.
A peculiar few verses that help us understand this dynamic appear in Exodus soon after the Ten Commandments are given at Mount Sinai.
Behold, I send an angel before you, to guard you on the way, and to bring you to the place…Take heed of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions; for my name is in him…if you obey his voice and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy to your enemies…For my angel shall go before you, and bring you to the Amorites…and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I will cut them off.
Israel has never before been told to follow an angel. We’ve been told to obey God; we’ve been told to obey the Torah and its commandments, but an angel? Never!