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Identity Crisis
Third Sunday in Lent

from the book
First Lesson Sermons For Lent/Easter

Robert J. Elder

Exodus 17:1-7


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Recently, in a weekly Bible study, the group poured over this Exodus passage, and someone remarked, "I am impressed by how contemporary this sounds." The Exodus story? Contemporary? Generally we think of it as anything but contemporary! Near the dawn of recorded human history a band of primitive Middle Eastern Bedouins, having fled from Egypt, now makes its way on foot through the savage desert wilderness. The threat of death and disease from the ever present dangers lingers over them like a cloud; they have no sense of scientific certainty, no sense of geography; they are not even sure where they are going or why. Contemporary? Is your life like that? Is mine?

Backed up against the Red Sea and fearing for their lives, the Hebrews had complained bitterly to Moses about their safety - but they were rescued; later, worried over the long desert trek ahead of them and fearful that their provisions might not prove to be enough, ...

This Third Sunday in Lent sermon, Identity Crisis, is based on Exodus 17:1-7 and relates to Third Sunday in Lent of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book RESTORING THE FUTURE . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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