In the four verses from Exodus 32, Moses builds a convincing case that averts God’s wrath against the Israelites. By mentioning God’s powerful involvement and mighty intervention in bringing the people out of Egypt, Moses—the great advocate of the disobedient people—skillfully reframes the situation and the judgment of the Divine. In addition, Moses intentionally redirects the focus and energy of the Powerful One to God’s original promises to multiply descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel.
I never question the fulfillment of God’s promises because the experience of divine presence, provision, and protection demonstrates unmerited amazing grace. When and how often have other people’s supplications on our behalf changed our situation or direction? As Moses enthusiastically petitions for “his” people, how have you heard his rejoicing in what God’s powerful and mighty hand delivers? When Moses calmly and gently reminds the Lord of past divine promises, Moses also provides a model for our supplication with thanksgiving while making our requests known to God. Given God’s response to the people’s disobedience helps us bear in mind that God’s mercy and wrath are great. Moses’ intervention helps temper God’s judgment on the people and turn it toward mercy.
Who has intervened for you? What worries do you have today that you can turn over in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving to the Lord who will provide? When and where have you witnessed God’s awesome intervention in your life, which has readied you to claim the grace God offers?

Lord, who is present, thank you for your continuous presence and participation in my life! Today, I lift up for your intervention as you know that person’s needs. Thank you for providing and protecting this person in ways that only you can perceive. In Jesus’ name I pray. 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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