Proper 18/Ordinary 23, 2014 – Exodus 12:3-4

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Living in faithful community with one another is a strong theme of the passages in this week’s lectionary.  Scripture selections include: Exodus 12:1-14 and Psalm 149, Ezekiel 33:7-11 and Psalm 119:33-40, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20.

Exodus 12:3-4Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household.  If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it.

This is a rich passage recounting the first Passover.  Some of the blood of the slaughtered lambs would be wiped on the doorposts as a sign that people of God inhabit those homes.  In God’s directions to Moses and Aaron, this instruction made sure that neighbors looked out for one another and that all participated in this literally life-saving observance.

Almighty God, give us the insight to recognize our neighbors and know when they need our help.  Amen.

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