Proper 24, Year A, Old Testament Lesson
Scripture: Exodus 33:12-23
Today’s lesson comes after the story of the Golden Calf from last week. Following on the heels of that story, we hear and exchange between God and Moses about God’s role in their lives and in the rest of their journey. Moses continues to intercede on behalf of the people of Israel and remind God what God had told them in the past. We hear that Moses wants a better understanding of how God works so he can serve God better and have a deeper relationship with God. Moses asks God to be made clearer so he might better understand how best to follow God and therefore how to be a better leader. Finally, Moses asks to see the glory of God to deepen the relationship and be filled with God’s presence and love. As God passes by Moses, he cannot see all of God, but only where God has been. We as humans never see God at work, but only where God has been, only where God was. Those “God moments” are evidence of where God has been in our lives in order to deepen our faith and understanding in God.