Fire Next to Our Chest

Day 34 Exodus 17:8-19:15; Matthew 22:34-23:12; Psalm 27:7-14; Proverbs 6:27-35 Fire Next to Our Chest What is the difference in perspective between a child and a mature adult when it comes to laws? The child sees rules only as restrictions to their desires, and the mature person has come to understand both the protective compassion…

Marital Reunion in Heaven

Day 33 Exodus 15:19‐17:7; Matthew 22:1‐33; Psalm 27:1‐6; Proverbs 6:20‐26 Marital Reunion in Heaven When the Pharisees and the Herodians failed to trap Jesus with their questions on paying taxes, the Sadducees in their own smug way thought they had succeeded where the others had failed. Because they didn’t believe in resurrection, they thought they…

Passover

Day 31 Exodus 12:14-13:16; Matthew 20:29-21:22; Psalm 25:16-22; Proverbs 6:12-15 Passover Perhaps you have had the privilege of sharing in a Passover celebration with a Jewish family, or perhaps your family or church participates in the “Seder Suppers” which have become common during Holy Week in Christian circles. Passover has become familiar to us, so…

Fear Factor

Day 30 Exodus 10:1‐12:13; Matthew 20:1‐28; Psalm 25:1‐15; Proverbs 6:6‐11 Fear Factor A popular TV show in recent years was the reality show “Fear Factor.” It showed people facing their greatest fears in some really weird ways. Why do we watch such fake shows when there are real fears in our world today? Just watch…

Can We Get “Good Enough”?

Day 29 Exodus 7:25‐9:35; Matthew 19:13‐30; Psalm 24:1‐10; Proverbs 6:1‐5 Can We Get “Good Enough”? In today’s reading from Matthew, Jesus is called “Good Teacher” by the man inquiring how to inherit eternal life. Jesus assures him no one is “good” except God, and that to go to heaven, he needs to keep God’s commands….

God Uses Whom He Chooses

Day 28 Exodus 5:22‐7:24; Matthew 18:23‐19:12; Psalm 23:1‐6; Proverbs 5:22‐23 God Uses Whom He Chooses We all know that Moses looked just like Charlton Heston in his heyday—strong, tan, well built, great hair, and a sonorous voice. I can’t read the words of today’s reading from Exodus without the mental images of “The Ten Commandments,”…

Give Us Grace, O Lord

Day 27 Exodus 4:1-5:21; Matthew 18:1-22; Psalm 22:19-31; Proverbs 5:15-21 Give Us Grace, O Lord Today’s readings from Exodus and Psalms speak about proclaiming the salvation of the Lord. In Exodus, Moses doubts his own ability to get Israel to believe the word the Lord has given to him for Pharaoh. If his own people…

Murderer Moses and Disciples of Little Faith

Day 26 Exodus 2:11-3:22; Matthew 17:10-27; Psalm 22:1-18; Proverbs 5:17-24 Murderer Moses and Disciples of Little Faith Look at Moses, the greatest prophet of the Hebrew people, the bringer of the 10 Commandments. Look at the disciples—our churches are named St. Peter’s, St. Thomas’, St. Matthew’s. Look at them, sinful and faithless. And yet as…

The Mystery of Human Responsibility and God’s Providence

Day 25 Genesis 50:1-26; Exodus 1:1-2:10; Matthew 16:13-17:9; Psalm 21:1-13; Proverbs 5:1-6 The Mystery of Human Responsibility and God’s Providence. Genesis 50:20 – “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Even though Joseph’s…

We’ve Never Done It That Way Before

Day 23 Gen 46:1‐47:31, Matt 15:1‐28, Ps 19:1‐14, Prov 4:14‐19 We’ve Never Done It That Way Before The seven most deadly words for any congregation are, “We’ve never done it that way before.” Traditions held too tightly can become precarious if we don’t understand their purpose. Translated from the Greek word “paradosis,” tradition means to…