Prayer before reading:
Lord Jesus Christ,
You call us to come
To be with you.
By your Spirit help me
To see you,
To hear you,
To receive your Spirit,
To be led by your Spirit.
Read slowly. Listen deeply. Indwell the scripture.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This week we are led to Mount Sinai. We enter the narrative as Moses walks to the “tent of meeting” (Exodus 33:7) – the tent which Moses arranged to be pitched away from the camp. It was in this place apart that persons knew they could go to meet with God. Moses went there often, and the people in the camp knew that when he entered into this tent of meeting, that the pillar of cloud – the sign of God’s presence – would descend and settle at the tent entrance. Then they would bow down at the entrance of their tents. Thus the time Moses spent in conversation with God was a sacred time – for him and for all the people.
Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face,
as one speaks to a friend. (Exodus 33:11)
We are led now into the tent. – into this sacred time and place – as Moses and God speak together, friend to friend. We are given permission to listen in to this intimate conversation; to hear Moses as the leader of the people – chosen and called by God – now in consultation with God. Because of the radical unfaithfulness of the people – immediately after they have pledged their love and loyalty to God – Yahweh has declared that he will send an angel before Moses and the people as they continue to travel to the land of promise, but will no longer be personally present.
Moses decides therefore, to come to God personally – at the tent of meeting. At least God would still meet him there.
Read Exodus 33:12 – 23 slowly, reflectively, and listen to
this honest and soul-searching conversation between
friends: Moses and Jahweh.
As you reflect on this astounding conversation between Moses and Jahweh, what do you notice? What stands out for you? What draws you into deeper reflection? How do you desire to respond, and to be in conversation with God?
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost:
- 10/10 Monday: Matthew 22:15-22
- 10/11 Tuesday: Matthew 22:15-22
- 10/12 Wednesday: Psalm 99
- 10/13 Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
- 10/14 Friday: Exodus 33:12-23
- 10/15 Saturday: Matthew 22:15-22
- 10/16 Sunday: Matthew 22:15-22