Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on September 2, 2014.
Prayer: Help us to be able to say to you, God, “Okay. We’ll do it!” Amen.
Reading: Exodus 12: 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: These past few weeks, it's been fun to re-read the story of Moses. Here, we read about how God gave Moses and Aaron instructions on how to "observe" the first Passover.
I wonder how Moses and Aaron felt after receiving these instructions. Do you think they said, "Okay, God. We'll do it." Or, do you think they wondered what was going on. This seemed strange. Maybe they thought, "Okay, God. We'll do it, but reluctantly. What are you really up to here?"
I wonder how often we answer God's call in that way. Are we willing participants in what God is asking us to do? Or, do we go kicking and screaming, with God dragging us all the way.
As we know, the Passover story turned out well for Moses and Aaron when they obeyed God and did what they were told. How much better do you think our lives would be if we did the same thing? --Chad Hershberger
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