Prayer: Your grace, O Lord, is amazing.
Reading: Exodus 32:1-14 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Now, you may have stopped reading this familiar story before getting to the end. If you did, you missed God’s grace. God is understandably upset with this wandering bunch on Hebrews. “The idea—melting all their gold so they could fashion images to worship. After I’ve been their God through thick and thin. I’ll just wipe ‘em out. Get out of the way, Moses.”
But Moses hangs in there and argues with God. In fact, Moses uses God’s own words against him. Reminds him of his promises to these stiff-necked people. And God relents. I call it “grace.”
Do you ever get the feeling that you are just not worthy? Well, in God’s sight we’re not. We just plan mess up. Over and over again. God surely must be angry. But, in the end that anger is not released. Rather, God relents. We experience God’s grace every day. Amazing! Thanks be to God. --Jim Bricker
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