Rabbi Gavriel Abramson
I am Hashem, your G-d, Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.
אָנֹכִי ה' אֱלֹקֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִיךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מִבֵּית עֲבָדִים.
How much concern does a parent have for its child? Any normal person who has been blessed with children of their own, knows all too well that it is impossible to quantify the colossal degree of interest we have for our children’s wellbeing.
The Rambam1 explains that the first of the “Aseres Hadibros”, the 10 statements uttered by Hashem at Mount Sinai, include two fundamental principles.
“I am Hashem, your G-d, Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery”,2 teaches us that G-d very much exists and not only is He the Creator of the entire universe but also that He is immensely concerned with each and every one of His precious children and their ultimate wellbeing.
Upon first hearing these words Moshe was concerned the Jewish People would not believe in themselves sufficiently to have the capacity to accept a Divine, Omnipotent Sovereign. The verse therefore concludes that it is Hashem “Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery” to remind them, and us, that even in the darkest and most troubled times any person could possibly find themselves in, the love that Hashem has for His nation supersedes all else.
“Bonim atem LaHashem”3 - You are children of the Almighty! The work therefore for us when we strive to fulfil this mitzvah is to build the confidence in ourselves and our ability to remember how worthy we are of Hashem’s unbridled love for us as His children, always wanting what is ultimately best for us to the greatest degree possible.
What a tremendous honour and privilege it is to be part of the nation that received Hashem's Torah together with His supreme love and consistent concern!
1. Rambam, Moreh Nevuchim 2:33
2. Exodus 20:2
3. Deuteronomy 14:1