Investing in relationships

Why does Gd repeat Gd’s status visa vie Moses and the Children of Israel in Exodus 6:2?: “And God spoke unto Moses, and said unto him: ‘I am the LORD…” ויְדַבֵּר אֱלֹקִים, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה; וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו, אֲנִי יְדוָד.
After all didn’t Gd just reveal Gd’s self at the burning bush a couple chapters earlier (3:2)? Why the need to repeat that which is presumably known? I think it is about relationships. During 400 years of slavery and Egyptian society’s pagan practices – the Israelites forgot. They forgot from where they came and had no idea where they were going. The same goes for us. It is easy to forget what is real in our 21st century society were so many worship the gods of materialism – many seeking instant satisfaction. Relationships that are true cannot be bought, traded or googled for that matter; relationships must be kept, nurished, and cherished. There is no instant gratification – but with time, a healthy relationship will bring an even greater return on investment then any stock or purchase. The path to healing this world is through relationships with self, with others, and with the Unknown. Shabbat Shalom.

 

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