Va’etchanan (I pleaded)

Moses pleaded with Elohim

Deuteronomy 3:23 And I pleaded withיהוה at that time saying, 24 O Adonai יהוה, אתה You have begun to show את־ your servant את־ your great וְאת־ and mighty hand: What other god is there in heaven or in earth that can do your works and mighty deeds? C-MATS

Question: What does “I pleaded” mean in verse 23?   Prayer is called by thirteen names: cry, howl, groan, stricture, song, prostration, encounter, judgment, entreaty, standing, appeal, and beseeching. Moses was beseeching יהוה. It is used when one seeks an undeserved favor, for truly righteous and humble people never feel that they have a claim on יהוה‘s mercy. Moses never despaired, and continued to pray even though יהוה had told him the Land was closed to him, so we should never give up on יהוה‘s mercy. The gates of tears are always open.  יהוה assured Moses that an enormously abundant reward — greater even than the Land — awaited him in the World to Come. Chumash

Deuteronomy 3:25 Let me cross over, I pray and see את־ the land that is good beyond the Jordan, the wonderful mountains and Lebanon. 26 But יהוה was angry with me for your sakes and would not hear me: and יהוה said to me, Speak no more to Me about this matter. C-MATS

Question: Did Moses really expect to change יהוה‘s mind? And if we believe that יהוה always does what’s best for us, is it even a good idea to try to change His mind? יהוה does always have our best in mind, and gives us what we need. There are times when יהוה could withhold from us certain things at the outset in order to teach us a lesson. Perhaps we need to examine the underlying motivations behind what we want or try harder to achieve worthwhile goals. Therefore when we are convinced, as Moses was, that it would have been good for the Hebrew people for him to enter the land with them, he had the right to assume that perhaps יהוה simply wanted him to try a little harder.