Reflections Week of 10/9/16

Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.

Read Exodus 20:1-6 (Monday 10/10)

The Old Testament is filled with Orthodox Jewish law, but these verses contain the most famous, and the most all-encompassing, The Ten Commandments. I picked the first few verses to dwell on, because here’s how it all starts: God describes himself. Before he tells them just what to do or just how tall to build the tables or even how to not steal from each other or not kill each other, he says This is who I am and This is what I’ve done. He points out his singularity–no one is like him, he’s the one-and-only, worshipping another is stupid and offensive. Just like the law points to God caring about what is physical, it also points to the fact that God cares most about what is internal. He cares about being first in my heart and mind. He wants me to first know him, then do everything else. He cares what I think about and believe and want and know. Mostly he cares what I believe about Him. So all throughout scripture, he says it over and over again: This is who I am and This is what I’ve done.

For Reflection: When you’re stuck on a Bible passage, ask yourself: Who is God in this section? What is he doing?

 

Read Exodus 25:23-30 (Thursday 10/13)

This week we’re in a real gem of a section of the bible: Tabernacle laws. Read the above scripture, and you can find out the exact dimensions and materials of the table for bread! And there’s more where that came from. Check out what priests wore, what the building was decorated with, what kind of oil to light their lamps with… it feels like useless reading, because we don’t live by these laws anymore, and we don’t follow these traditions. But one thing I love about reading the law is that it points to how much God cares about what is physical. Sometimes I believe that God doesn’t care about what I eat or wear, what I decorate my home with; even what we decorate our church with. I believe God is too spiritual for that. But we have a God who became human, who gives us laws like these. I find it freeing that God cares about these things. Because I’m free to come to him with all the mundane details of my life. When I’m sick, when I don’t have money or clothes or a place to live, God cares about stuff like that.

For Reflection: What do you think is too small to pray about? Pray about it.

Reflections written by Amy Giacalone

 

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