What does God’s monologue to Moses in today’s scripture remind you of? Does it sound like the prologue of a judge who is about to sentence a group of lawbreakers? Or does it sound more like a rant of a parent who needs to discipline unruly children?
The Lord expresses anger at the Israelites’ disobedience and disrespect. As would many parents, the violated One wants to teach and hold the newly freed and undisciplined people accountable for their behavior of creating and settling for substitute gods to ease their anxiety. In fact, the sanctions that God is ready to distribute include renunciation (“Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt”) and rejection (“Let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them”) as serious consequences of their actions. We can only wonder how God responds to our undisciplined behavior as we purport to be followers of the Christ. How close does God come to rejecting us altogether, saying, “I’ve had it with you!”
Ironically, God not only discusses the divine plans with Moses but also wants to reward him with a favor (“of you I will make a great nation”). I remain unconvinced that God behaves like earthly parents and wonder if such anthropomorphic presentation of the Divine helps drive home the point of what can happen when people turn away from God.
What has made you turn aside from God’s ways? What false gods have you created to meet your own needs while ignoring God’s provision?

Loving God, who always provides, thank you for loving us even when we disobey or distance ourselves from you. Help us follow the way that you have sanctified in blessing and caring for us. Amen.


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Leccionario Semanal
October 9–15, 2017
Resumen de la Escritura

The narrative in Exodus 32:1-14 reflects on the blindness of the people, but the focus is also placed on Yahweh’s intense anger and on Moses’ intervention. Yahweh’s mercy prevails, and Moses is revealed as the quintessential mediator. Psalm 106 recalls the folly of the people in making the golden calf. The sinfulness of the Israelites is laid to their forgetfulness. The inability and unwillingness of the people of God to remember is a damning sin that calls for a tough response. The Philippians text stresses the need for faithfulness to the gospel. Matthew’s version of the parable of the wedding banquet offers a negative example of faithfulness in the form of a guest who comes to the wedding without the proper attire.

Preguntas para la reflexión

• Read Exodus 32:1-14. How do you demonstrate allegiance to or dependence on God’s faithfulness in your life? What “golden calf” diverts your attention?
• Read Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23. Re ect on those times when you recalled the past, lamented, and cried for mercy.
• Read Philippians 4:1-9. Con ict creates discord. How do you handle con ict in your spiritual journey? in your church?
• Read Matthew 22:1-14. God continually invites us to divine encounters—with God directly and with others. How seriously do you take God’s invitations?

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