Moses has been on Mount Sinai receiving from God the two tablets of the covenant law: "the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God" (Exodus 31:18b NIV). His absence lasted so long that the Israelites became frustrated and impatient with Moses... and his God. Complaining to Aaron, they wanted a new god since they didn't get what they wanted from Moses -- the result a golden calf made by their own hands. What a substitute! They were so happy that they shouted and danced the night away so loudly that it reached the heaven of God and the cliffs of Moses' mountain.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.