Order in the Torah?
It’s a fact. Not all the stories in the Torah are told in the order in which they occurred.
In fact, many times, for some reason that is known only to HaShem, they are totally out of order. For example, here, at the end of Parshas Mishpatim, the Torah speaks about the events of the day after Matan Torah, which in reality took place last Parsha, in Parshas Yisro! We can learn from this that the Torah is more of a guidebook than a storybook – each story is there to teach us a lesson, not to amuse or entertain us simply by being an interesting story.
Perhaps the Torah is teaching us a valuable lesson:
It is fairly easy to make promises of Naaseh V’nishma during an exciting and uplifting time such as at Matan Torah, the awesome giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. But what about completely accepting Hashem’s commandments as we go about our routine of everyday life? Parshas Mishpatim instructs us on how to lend money, how to resolve various types of arguments, and many more laws to guide us through day to day ups and downs. It is in our daily life where we should accept Hashem’s laws – naaseh v’nishma – with the same fervor as at Matan Torah.