Exodus 3:1-6     Psalm 72     Hebrews 11:32-12:2

A way of interpreting today’s common lectionary passages is in the light of a head of state who is God-fearing.  In the Exodus passage, Moses expresses his awe of God with the removal of his sandals (v. 5) and hiding his face (v. 6).  God communicating with Moses (v. 6) verifies that He has been working “behind the scenes” on Israel’s enslavement by the Egyptians.  When any of us face difficulties, this “behind the scenes” efforts by God on our behalf should always be viewed as something that is more than a possibility.

This Psalm of Solomon seems to be a prayer for a son of Solomon who would be someday be King of Israel.  The ideal leader would channel God’s justice, equality, and compassion (vv. 12-14) and be the recipient of many prayers (v. 15).  Since no leader of Israel, north or south, lived up to the ideals of the Psalm; the early Christian Church leaders viewed it as messianic.

Finally, for the Hebrews passage not all of the “hero’s of faith” (v. 35) saw physical triumph over their circumstances.  Some escaped the sword, others, most likely the Prophet Isaiah as directed by King Manasseh were “sawn in two” because of it (v. 37).  Either way, they testified to their faith (v. 39).  Recall that Christian faith is believing and trusting what God has revealed in Scriptures, in the moving of His Spirit on all of it’s activities, and In Jesus Christ.

 

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