Second Monday of Lent

Psalm 105, Exodus 33:1–6

Have you ever known people that no matter how much you might respect, like, or even them, that spending a large amount of time with them would result in personal injury? It could be a parent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling. In families, a lot of is stored and maintained, meaning that family gathers while good on many levels, can be stressful or even hurtful. If your family gatherings do not have this, give praise to and all the family members who have made sure to pass on such a blessed and loving legacy. Truth be told, however, most families are not so blessed. Moses’ extended family was a trial for Moses, but not just Moses.

had relational limits. Think on that for a moment. There is a limit. The stubborn Israelites wouldn’t make it, for they kept testing . And, perhaps, that is the point. When someone repeatedly rebels against , there is a limit. Yet, there is something hidden in plain . says that will not go with them, for they would end up not making it. It was not that did not them, nor that they were no longer the people he ed. They had put a limit on their relationship with . accepted that. It could be more for Moses’ information than anything else. Moses wanted right there. His relationship with was good. “Let’s go !” knew that the Israelites just wouldn’t be able to do it.

One of the beauties of Scripture is its honesty. ’s people really did not have the best relationship with . There wasn’t a cover-up. Let’s see: they struggled mightily with ; they rebelled directly against ; they opposed his leaders; they lifted up other gods over ; they killed ’s prophets; they didn’t believe a lot. Despite that, they fully passed on ’s word from generation to generation. While still struggling with , they still believed that was ful. They recognized the gap between themselves and …and ed . That is a mighty legacy to pass on.

1) Sometimes when we tell a story, it’s not flattering to ourselves. Can you think of a story someone d that delivered a good message but put them in a bad light?

2) Often we give people either too much, or too little leeway in our relationship with them. Can you think of a relationship you have like that? What can you do to balance that out in a -ing way?

3) Pain (emotional and physical) and sacrifice (material and otherwise) are often part of a story of significance. Can you think of something like that which is part of your story?

FD) The story of our life fits inside of ’s story. What does your story tell others about ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.