This text reminds us that to encounter the living God is a momentous experience. Exodus
said that when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and spoke to him on the
mountain, his face began to shine. The days ahead would not be easy for God's people or
their leader. To construct the tabernacle was no small thing. This was their holy place -- it
was called the "tent of meeting." There the Ark of the Covenant would be housed. There
they would meet the Lord God Jehovah.
The ending of this chapter says that God would be a cloud to lead them by day and a
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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.