Posted by: Pauline | September 27, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday October 4

Exodus 1:8-14; 3:1-15

In retrospect, we can see the hand of God throughout the story of the Israelite people. To the people living the story, however, it must have seemed that God had forgotten them. By the time Moses was born, the blessings promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob may have been a vague memory, with no sign of God working to fulfill those promises.

Even Moses, seeing the miracle of a bush that burned but was not burned up, found it hard to put all his confidence in this God of his ancestors. He wasn’t even sure what to call this God, if anyone were to ask who had sent him on this mission to free God’s people. God answers with the mysterious “I am who I am,” because the all-powerful Creator and Lord of the universe cannot be defined by any of the things He has created.

Mark 12:18-27

Arguments for the reality of life after death often deal with the spiritual nature of humankind, and sometimes with people’s claims to have had contact with a person who had died. Jesus offered a very different kind of argument: God had said He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Since those men died long ago, for God to be their God still means that they are still alive.

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