Vayelech – Parsha In 60 Seconds
Shalom and welcome to the Parsha in 60 seconds
Today’s portion is from Deuteronomy 31:1-30 it is called Vayelech which means “then he went out”
It is Moses 120th birthday and go in or come out. Crossing the Jordan River was not an option for Moses. God would destroy the nations ahead of them with Joshua. God would destroy the nations just like he did with the kings of the Amorites.
Moses exhorted the Israelites and Joshua to be strong and courageous, for God would go with them and would not forsake them.
Moses wrote the law and delivered it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who bore the Ark of the Covenant and to all the elders of Israel. Every seven years during Sukkot, all Israel was to appear in the place that God would choose and read the Law.
As Moses is about to die from old age, God instructs Moses to call Joshua so that God can bless him.
God appeared in a pillar of cloud over the door of the Tent and tells Moses that he was about to die, the people freak out and rebel. To stop this rebellion God directed Moses to write a song and teach it to the Israelites so that the song might serve as a witness for God against the Israelites.
After the song and law was written Moses commanded the Levites who bore the Ark of the Covenant to take the book and put it by the side of the Ark so that it might serves as a witness against the people. Moses knew that even that day, the people had been rebelling against God. Moses knew that after his death, the Israelites would deal corruptly and turn away from the commandments, and evil would befall them because they would do that which was evil in the sight of God. And Moses spoke to all the assembly of Israel the words of the song.