Parsha Mitzvot: Shemot: Mitzvot 516 & 424 – Concepts 9 & 10 Part Two
What’s the difference between the navi who wrote the Torah and all other prophets? One simple difference. Every other prophet comes to us and says, “Hey, God came to me,” and, if he uses a certain formula, then Moshe says, that formula means you listen to that navi.
Moshe never said, “God came to me.” You read the story of Sinai, you’ll find that it’s in two parts. The first part is in the portion of Yethro, the second part is in the end of the portion of Mishpatim. Revelation is in two parts. Mishpatim is when Moshe teaches Torah. Yethro is not the teaching of Torah. Yethro is the proof to the Jewish people that God actually speaks to Moshe.
God says to Moshe, “I will speak to you so that everyone will hear me speaking to you, so that they will know that I truly speak to you.” That was the purpose of Sinai. Not to receive the Two Tablets and the Ten Statements. The purpose of Sinai was so that we would actually hear God’s voice speaking to Moshe.
So, you can’t say, “Well, you know, well, Moshe told me that God spoke to him,” “Jesus told me that God appeared to him,” or “Paul told me that God appeared to Jesus,” or “Mohammed told me that God spoke to him,” or “Buddha says, ‘God never spoke to me’, and they still turned him into a prophet.” Moshe never said, “God spoke to me.” God says, “Only those who hear me speak to you will accept the Torah.”