Tag: exodus

Journeying in Uncertainty

When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us godswho will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives,…

The Promise of Passover

Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.  If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine…

temple of the holy spirit

Rebuilding

When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the Lord, as prescribed by David king of Israel. With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good;     his love toward Israel endures…

burning bush

Seeing (Unsandaled)

God said, “Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.” -from Exodus 3 “Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.” ― Elizabeth Barrett Browning What separates you, Friends, from experiencing God’s presence? What…

Permission to Dream

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with…

Glory

Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” -from Exodus 33 When last we left our happy band… well, that’s not entirely accurate. When last we left our band, they were, in fact, relatively unhappy. Moses disappeared into the fire on the mountain, swallowed up in smoke, learning the low-down on God’s holy law. When he did not immediately return,…

Calves Of Gold

When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain,they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” -from Exodus 32 We often think of our memories as being similar to…

Commanded

If a man hits a manservant or maidservant in the eye and destroys it, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the eye. And if he knocks out the tooth of a manservant or maidservant, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the tooth.  If a bull gores a man or a woman to death,…

Moses’ Arms

It turned out that whenever Moses raised his hands, Israel was winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, Amalek was winning. But Moses’ hands got tired. So they got a stone and set it under him. He sat on it and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side. So his hands remained steady until the sun…