VAYELECH (and he went)

Deuteronomy 31:1 And Moses went and spoke אֶת־ these words to all Israel. 2 And he said to them, I am 120 years old this day; I cannot go out and come in anymore: and ויהוה said to me, You will not cross over אֶת־ the Jordan this day. C-MATS

Question: Why did Moses say I am 120 years old this day”?  Today my days and years were fulfilled; on this day I was born (Moses’ birthday), and on this day I shall die… This is to teach us that יהוה fulfills the years of the righteous to the day and to the month, as it is written (Exodus 23:26): “אֶת־ the number of your days I will fulfill (You will live out the full span of your lives).” Chumash

Question: What does it mean byI cannot go out and come in anymore”? Did this mean physically he was too old to go into the Promised Land? Scripture states regarding Moses, “And Moses was 120 years old when he died: his eyes were undimmed and his vigor undiminished.”  (Deuteronomy 34:7) which teaches us that his powers were intact even on the day of his passing. So what then is the meaning of “I cannot go out”? Here it means: “I am not permitted,” because authority was taken from him and granted to Joshua. Chumash

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and be bold, do not fear, or be afraid of them: because יהוה your Elohim goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you. 7 And Moses called to Y’hoshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and be bold: because אַתָּה you must go with אֶת־ people to the land which יהוה has sworn to their fathers to give them וְאַתָּה and you will cause אֹותָם them to inherit it. C-MATS

Question: What commandment did Moses give Joshua? Does this commandment apply to us today? Moses called Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and be bold, do not fear.” We too must be strong and courageous and overcome all temptations to sin. We must not fear men but trust יהוה in all things.

Question: Does worrying help us reach our goal? Worrying wouldn’t help us to reach our goals. You have the best chance if you try your hardest while trusting in יהוה. Worrying is an unproductive waste of energy.

Question: What is the difference between fear and worry? While the two feelings may be similar there are some crucial differences. Fear is a natural reaction to a genuine threatening or dangerous situation that exists in the present. It is the body’s way of preparing itself for “fight or flight,” to give it extra energy to face up to or escape from the situation. Worry tends to produce in us similar sensations when there is no immediate or real danger. Often it focuses on past events that no longer threaten us, or dwells on possible future problems (what if… etc.) which may never materialize. Whereas appropriate fear can be constructive and energizing, worry weakens us and makes us less effective.

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