Thursday, September 18, 2014

Exodus, Day 4 Readings

The Golden Calf and Moses Glimpses God's Backside

Today's first reading tells the story of the first real rebellion of the Hebrews against God.  While Moses is on Mt. Sinai, the people persuade Aaron to make a golden calf that they can worship in the wilderness.  A furious Moses still pleads with God not to destroy the people, but only punish them, forcing them to move away from God's holy mountain.

Read Exodus 32:1-33:6  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second selection tells how God granted Moses an extraordinary privilege, to physically glimpse God without facing death.  Evidently, this was granted to Moses as a sign of appreciation for Moses' faithfulness and wisdom.

Read Exodus 33:17-34:9  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Exodus 25-32 today.