Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Rescue at the Sea
Exodus 14:10-14, 21-29 Commentary
by Cameron B.R. Howard
Last week’s scenes from the Joseph story showed God at work quietly, delivering God’s people in subversive ways.
God enabled Joseph to interpret dreams, rise quickly through Pharaoh’s palace ranks, and use human systems in all their brokenness to bring about safety, prosperity, reunification, and reconciliation for Jacob’s family.
This week’s reading from Exodus 14 shows God delivering God’s people, too, but there is nothing quiet about it. Horses’ hooves pound the dirt, the Israelites cry out in fear, the Egyptians scream in panic, the wind howls, and the waters churn in their great vertical walls. Add to that the pyrotechnics of the pillar of fire and cloud, and Exodus 14 describes a big, chaotic mess.
Given this chaos, Moses’ instructions to the terrified Israelites are all the more remarkable: stand, see, keep still: “Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the LORD will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to keep still” (Exodus ...
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Narrative Lectionary 142: Rescue at the Sea
September 28, 2014
Join Profs. Cameron Howard, Craig Koester and Kathryn Schifferdecker for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 1 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers the reading for Sept. 28, 2014: Exodus 14:10-14, 21-29. Accompanying reading: Matthew 2:13-15.