8/3 Reading (Exodus 31-34; Luke 24)

Yesterday I found out that I’m a finalist for the Sinai and Synapses fellowship. It’s a two year program where I would study and learn from others about science and religion. My interview is next Monday (8/7) and I’m excited about the possibility of doing this.

Exodus 31: In this chapter God tells Moses that he has already called on people to make all of the items he described to Moses (Ark of the Covenant, Tabernacle, all the furnishings, and the stuff for the priests). The chapter ends with God giving Moses the stone tablets. I don’t really have a lot more to say on this. Pretty straightforward.

Exodus 32: The Golden Calf episode! The people are getting impatient so they ask Aaron for help. Moses was gone for 40 days and 40 nights. They ask Aaron to make gods for them, i.e. an idol to worship. He builds a calf out of gold. This action angers God and he indicates that he wants to destroy them right away. Definitely a pretty quick temper. Although God did say earlier that he is jealous (see Ex. 20.5). Moses is able to talk him out of this action, reminding God of the covenant he established with Abraham, Isaac, and Israel (Jacob).

Now Moses goes down the mountain to stop the people. He quickly got angry and threw down the tablets on the ground destroying them. Moses then gets the Levites to kill thousands of the Israelites because of this action. Dang! That’s kinda rough. After convincing God to back down Moses gets the Levites to kill about 3000 people. The notes start this explanation by saying “the shocking violence of the Levites” (p. 129). Absolutely agree with that one. The chapter ends with Moses asking God to forgive them. God casts down a plague on the people. Just a quick turn of events.

Exodus 33: Moses is told to leave Mount Sinai and go to the “land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” (Ex. 33.1). However, because God is still angry with the people, they are told to remove their ornaments and no longer wear them. God calls them “stiff-necked people,” aka stubborn. We then get to Moses and God communicating again, but this time it is a little confusing. Moses wants to make sure that he has found favor in God’s sight. God agrees and says that he will come to him, but that no one can see his face or they will die. Honestly, I don’t really understand this part of the chapter.

Luke 24: Before I address what was in this chapter and my thoughts on it, I was curious as to the exact day and date that Jesus died and was resurrected. It appears that the day Jesus died was Friday, April 3, 33 CE (AD). If this is accurate, then Jesus died exactly 1945 years before I was born (April 3, 1978). I don’t think I knew that. Kinda creepy if this is accurate.

This chapter is about Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into heaven. I’m glad Luke addressed the apostles’ pain and suffering they were experiencing due to Jesus’ death. Again, it helps humanize this experience for the reader. I have to admit, this chapter made me happy. It was an uplifting end to this book.

I’ve enjoyed reading the Gospel of Luke. It was a tough read. I look forward to comparing it to the other canonical Gospels. I’m thinking that when this is all done I may even read the other Gospels that are not considered canonical.

On to Acts!!!

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