It’s right there in the Bible, as plain as it could possibly be. The idea leapt off the page at me as I read it, as if the letters were highlighted. Someone had hit control-b in my mind and the sentence seemed to be in bold font.
Moses implored God, “Change your mind.”
“And the Lord changed his mind…” (Exodus 32:14)
Wait a minute! Pause! Maybe I misread that or perhaps haven’t been sufficiently caffeinated yet this morning, but it sure seems to me like Moses convinced God to change his mind. And when I say “his” I mean YHWH, the Lord of hosts, the creator of all that is, the one whose name is I Am Who I Am. This is God we are reading about here, am I right?
Am I to understand that God … gulp … is a flip-flopper? How are we going to reconcile the notion that God can change the divine mind with the notion that God is ever-faithful, omnipresent, and eternal? Think about that for a moment or three.
All along this “Journey of a Lifetime” worship series we have affirmed and celebrated the presence of God in the lives of God’s people. “Generation Xodus” sensed God’s faithful presence with them as they stepped out of slavery, trudged through the dry sea, hungered and thirsted in the wilderness, sojourned at the foot of the holy mountain. And always God was patient, loving, and faithful, even at times when the people’s faith wavered.
Could it be that God is losing patience with the people? Could it be that God has forgotten the covenant? Could it be that Moses actually convinces God to change plans?
Ponder this: What do you think the expression, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” really means?
I hope that you will be in worship this Sunday morning, and if Campbell United Methodist Church is the place where that happens, even better! Worship together is the single most deeply formational moment in a disciple’s week – your Monday through Saturday will be better because of it, I guarantee!
Grace and Peace,