Second Week in Lent, Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Then all the people talked about killing them with stones. But the glory of the LORD appeared at the Meeting Tent to all the Israelites. The LORD said to Moses, “How long will these people ignore me? How long will they not believe me in spite of the miracles I have done among them? I will give them a terrible sickness and get rid of them. But I will make you into a great nation that will be stronger than they are.”
Then Moses said to the LORD, “The Egyptians will hear about it! You brought these people from there by your great power, and the Egyptians will tell this to those who live in this land. They have already heard about you, LORD. They know that you are with your people and that you were seen face to face. They know that your cloud stays over your people and that you lead your people with that cloud during the day and with fire at night. If you put these people to death all at once, the nations who have heard about your power will say, ‘The LORD was not able to bring them into the land promised them. So [the LORD] killed them in the desert.’
“So show your strength now, Lord. Do what you said: ‘The LORD doesn’t become angry quickly, but has great love. [The LORD] forgives sin and law breaking. But the LORD never forgets to punish guilty people. When parents sin, [the LORD] will also punish their children, their grandchildren, their great-grandchildren, and their great-great-grandchildren.’ By your great love, forgive these people’s sin, just as you have forgiven them from the time they left Egypt until now.”
The LORD answered, “I have forgiven them as you asked. But, as surely as I live and as surely as my glory fills the whole earth, I make this promise: All these people saw my glory and the miracles I did in Egypt and in the desert, but they disobeyed me and tested me ten times. So not one of them will see the land I promised to their ancestors. No one who rejected me will see that land. But my servant Caleb thinks differently and follows me completely. So I will bring him into the land he has already seen, and his children will own that land.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
Out of the familiar places in our lives we have stepped to follow your call. Until now we have journeyed far from you, following the ways of the world and the religions of our ancestors. But your voice is gentle; your song is beautiful and jubilant. You call us to lay down our old ways and walk on the new path that brings us to your holy mountain, to your promised land.
In this time with you, we recognize we have hurt you by blaming and cursing you, instead of giving thanks and praise. You want to give us the best of the best, but we complain instead of seeing the blessings. Thank you that you are a loving, patient parent who forgives us, loves us, and still blesses us.
I follow your voice today, Mighty Yahweh, and thank you for…
Forgive us our sins, just as you forgave those who have gone before us. We journey with each other on our paths back to you. Receive and accept our faithful journeys as our living sacrifice to you. Bless us and the generations who faithfully follow. Lead us into your promised land in great celebration.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler