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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Scripture Reading: Exodus 19:1–8
On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day, they came into the wilderness of Sinai. They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God; the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.”
So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. The people all answered as one: “Everything that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord. (NRSV)
In Exodus 19, a pretty amazing thing happens. God establishes a covenant with the Israelites. “If you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation.” God chooses Israel, but he also gives Israel a choice. Moses brings the proposal to the people, and they give God an answer: “Everything that the Lord has spoken we will do.”
It would be so much easier if we could hear God’s voice directly today, if we could only gather as a church and hear God, so that we could trust as the Israelites did. But faith, as we learn in the book of Hebrews, “is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” God still speaks today, but it seems that we have to listen much closer to hear God’s voice. Where do you hear God speaking to you? You have also been called to be a part of God’s kingdom here.
God is still speaking. Are you listening?
Loving God, you have called each of us, just as you called the Israelites, to be your people. Help us to shut out the clutter from our world and find time to hear you speaking. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Written by Liz Nickerson, Family Ministry Coordinator
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