Posts Tagged 'Moses'

Third Sunday of Lent 2015 – Exodus 20:1-3

Monday, March 2, 2015

Moses delivers God’s ten commandments, and Jesus drives the money changers away from the Temple in the passages for the upcoming third Sunday of Lent.  The selections include: Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:13-22.

Exodus 20:1-3Then God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

Before God delivers the first commandment, the Israelites are reminded that God has been and will remain an active participant in their daily lives.

Awesome God, help us to sense your unending presence in our lives today and every day.  Amen.

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Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Exodus 33:15-16

Monday, October 10, 2011 – Proper 24 & Ordinary 29, Year A

The lectionary selections for this week include: Exodus 33:12-23, Psalm 99, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, and Matthew 22:15-22. Alternate selections include Isaiah 45:1-7 and Psalm 96:1-9.

Exodus 33:15-16: And Moses said to the Lord, “If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.”

How does God’s presence in your life make you distinct? Can people tell you are a person of faith from your actions toward them? I think our faith can shine through as a testament to God through small things we do for one another…understanding touches, kind words, helping hands.

Prayer: Gracious God, help our lives be living testaments to your presence in our lives. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Exodus 16:11-14

Monday, September 12, 2011 – Proper 20 & Ordinary 25, Year A

The lectionary texts for this week include Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30 and Matthew 20:1-16. Alternate texts include Jonah 3:10-4:11 and Psalm 145:1-8.

Exodus 16:11-14The LORD spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.’” In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted there was a fine flaky substance, as fine as the frost on the ground.

Whenever I am a passenger in a car rather than the driver, I am reminded of how I prefer to be at the controls. This scripture reminds us that self-reliance is over-rated, and that we need to trust God more.

Prayer: Compassionate God, help us and give us the courage to trust in you more fully. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Exodus 12:3, 6-7, 13

Monday, August 29, 2011 – Proper 18 & Ordinary 23, Year A

The lectionary passages for this week include Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149; Romans 13:8-14 and Matthew 18:15-20. Alternate passages include Ezekiel 33:7-11 and Psalm 119:33-40.

The LORD is speaking to Moses and Aaron in Exodus 12:3, 6-7, 13Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; when I see blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

I have friends who post Joshua 24:15b outside their front door. It reads, “…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” It is a visible way of telling all who are about to enter that people of faith live here. Thinking of these two passages got me thinking about the other ways we mark ourselves as people of faith. Our faith should change us in both remarkable and visible ways.

Prayer: Gracious God, may our faith shine a light on each person who comes before us this day. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Exodus 3:4-5

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 – Proper 17 & Ordinary 22, Year A

Exodus 3:4-5When the LORD saw that Moses had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then God said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

I think we stand on holy ground throughout the day. Each time we are with someone else, a fellow child of God, we are on holy ground. Whether you are with a family member or a person seeking services from you, honor the time and God’s presence there.

Prayer: Loving God, help us recognize your presence in those around us. Help us walk faithfully on the holy ground surrounding your children. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Exodus 3:1-2

Monday, August 22, 2011 – Proper 17 & Ordinary 22, Year A

The lectionary texts for this week include Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; Romans 12:9-21 and Matthew 16:21-28. Alternate scriptures include Jeremiah 15:15-21 and Psalm 26:1-8.

Exodus 3:1-2Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There an angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.

I have known folks who have heard God in dramatic, crystal clear ways like Moses. But I suspect most of us are left wondering if we are actually hearing God or simply projecting our own thoughts. Our prayer today is for the wisdom to know the difference.

Prayer: Gracious God, listening for your still small voice requires intentionality. Give us both patience and wisdom as we seek to discern your will in all we do. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Exodus 2:5-6

Monday, August 15, 2011 – Proper 16 & Ordinary 21, Year A

The lectionary texts for this week include: Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Romans 12:1-8 and Matthew 16:13-20. Alternate texts include Isaiah 51:1-6 and Psalm 138.

Exodus 2:5-6The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket [containing baby Moses] among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him, “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said.

Moses’ mother had hid him from Pharaoh, and by letting Pharaoh’s daughter find him, she saved his life. I would venture to guess that each of us has at least one person in our life whose positive influence on us was significant. Pray for that person today.

Prayer: Protector God, today we ask a special blessing for those people whose lives have touched us in important ways. AMEN.


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