Exodus 17 & 18
We’ve had a few real meat and potatoes days — here’s a lighter meal.....
“All the congregation of the people....” Why did the Israelites originally ask for permission to go away for three days? To offer sacrifice as a community of faith — as a congregation!
17:1-7 Moses obeys God and strikes the rock just once — and God provides plenty of water, just as God is providing food.....
17:8-17 The Amalekites, the descendants of Amalek, are attacking their distant cousins! Jacob, aka Israel, had a brother Esau, and Amalek is one of Esau’s grandsons. Remember that Jacob and his descendants were blessed far more than Esau and his — and I expect that Amalek’s descendants hold a grudge. Seems that 430 years may not have been enough time to heal that wound?
Notice Moses’ posture while praying on behalf of the people? His arms and hands are extended — just like the priest at Mass when praying to God on behalf of the people!
Aaron and Hur help Moses pray — and we can and should follow their example and help others to pray.
Ex 18:1-12 Jethro has been caring for his daughter, Moses’ wife, and their sons while Moses was leading the people out of Egypt. Now, Jethro — a priest of Midian — testifies that the LORD God of Abraham is the greatest of all gods, offers a sacrifice to God even while he does not seem to recognize that there is only one God..... Nonetheless, Moses and the elders share in this sacrificial meal because it is offered to the One God.
18:13-27 Here, at Jethro’s suggestion, Moses institutes the “Judges”. A Gentile priest thus proposes the form of rule that will govern the Israelites for some 225 years until the days of the kings.
Fr Jim Dubrouillet
on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00AM