Ragamuffin thoughts and faith in the raw.
A United Methodist Certified Lay Servant (aka Speaker, aka Preacher) blogging the Revised Common Lectionary as a spiritual discipline, with other random thoughts thrown in.
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The conservatives plotted to use whatever he said and
turn it against him. They joined with political hatchet-men and went to his rally.
Their talking-head spoke to him while the cameras watched on: “Sir. It is clear
that you believe what you say!It is
said that you are always impartial and can not lie. So please tell our viewers –
should they pay taxes to a government that they do not support?” They expected
that his answer would either get him in trouble with the IRS, or his fans.
The man you was the center of all this attention, spoke
softly to those arrayed against him: “Why are you trying to entrap me? You
claim to advocate for right, but then you do wrong. Show me, how do you pay
Unsure what was going on, the group looked at each other.
Finally, one held up some bills.
The man smiled as he asked: “Whose faces appear on your
“Dead presidents”, she answered.
“So then, give the government its due, but do not give it
what is God’s.”
Moses: “You tell me to go down and get our people, yet
you still won’t tell me who is going with me on this suicide mission!”
God: “I AM.”
Moses: “If You are serious fine, but if this is just a
joke, forget it! If You go, how will they know it’s You?”
God: “I will show them I AM.”
God: “My goodness will pass by you like and endless herd
on the African plains. They will hear that I AM. I will grace those that I
chose to grace, and be merciful to those that I want to be merciful to. But my
face you shall not see, for it would blow your mind!”
Moses is silent.
God: “The rock and My hand will protect you from
accidently seeing My face, but once I have passed, you may look upon My
I notice right up front that the people are not asking
for a god to replace God – they are asking for an idol to replace Moses at the
head of their migration. Could generations of servitude have made them
unwilling to step off on their own? Were they having difficulties making the
transition from blind followers to visionary leaders?
Next, I notice that Aaron is specific about the source of
the gold will use: ear-rings. If we view these as signs of slavery, how does
that change our view of Aaron’s actions? Is he using this opportunity to force
them to give up and sacrifice their symbols of bondage? I also wonder why he
didn’t ask the men for their rings?
God grows angry at the people, but apparently not at Aaron.
There seems to be an implicit approval of his motives. God states His intent to
destroy the people, and I wonder if He really would have, or if he was testing
Moses’ love for the people he led? Moses reminds God of the people before him
that negotiated, and even wrestled with God, as he in turn negotiated on their
behalf. And again we see a God who is willing to change His mind. We often see
changing our minds (specially in politics) as a weakness, as being wishy-washy.
Yet the Bible seems to tell us more than once that the ability to change one’s
mind is a strength!
We see that people need to be reminded that they are no
man’s slave and that God is no man’s slave. I also see that God does not blindly follow
His own rules, so why do we demand blind obedience, and insist on unchanging