Friday, February 26, 2016

Daily Devotion for Day 15 of Lent 2016

Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:43-13:10 (NRSV)

We have more priestly material as we finish chapter twelve.  It seems as if God has an idea of exclusion for humanity when we look at the instructions for future Passover celebrations.

If this priestly author lived before the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BCE then there was probably a sense of anxiety surrounding the likelihood of foreign invasion.  Keeping separate in the earliest time would be a matter of not polluting their traditions with the culture at large.  As we consider how Judaism has undergone persecutions, disruptions and migrations throughout history, it is amazing that their faith has survived to this day given their minority percentages within the world religions.

It is long after the time of the Exodus that the Hebrew people began to see themselves as a light to the nations.

Is there a special place you go to get away to find yourself?
Sometimes in order for us to really know who we are, we must withdraw from other people.  Jesus spends time alone in prayer throughout his ministry.

This time of reflection for us upon the book of Exodus allows us to have individual time with God and to discover who we are in the midst of this story.  How does "the teaching of the Lord may be on your lips" weigh with your own understanding of your faith?  Which of God's scriptures influences you the most?

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