Lest we forget Gethsemane
Lead us to Calvary
Today’s reading: Exodus 19-21.
It’s natural for us to think of God transcending time and space without limits. But much of the world throughout history has pictured its gods as being very local. This is the essence of paganism. The pagan gods were not universal but “lived” nearby and acted in that “neighborhood.” An idol, then, made sense as the embodiment or home of that local god.
But Jehovah comes down out of heaven to the top of Mt. Sinai and demonstrates that the true God is a transcendent, universal God, God of heaven and earth, without limits.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven: Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.” Exodus 20:22-23
The Israelites are barely two months into their forty year journey…
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