Prayer: Lord, thank you for answering as we ask questions. Amen
Reading: Exodus 33: 12-23 (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: On a Winery Tour recently, after each part of the explanation of wine-making, the guide would ask the group, "Any questions?" There was always a question and every time he would say, "Good question", answer it and ask again, "Any questions?" Often there were more. We had a lot of questions yet he always responded with, "Good question." and by the end of the tour we knew a lot about making wine.
The LORD told Moses, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." Moses asked, "If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth." (v. 15-16)
Good question, Moses, and the LORD answered, "I will do the very thing you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name."
Go ahead. Ask questions. Questions are good. The LORD will answer and at the end you will know a lot about....? --Ruth Gates
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