Posts tagged “Exodus

Sermo Dei: Septuagesima 2017

Posted on February 20th, 2017

February 12, 2017 • Matthew 20:1-16 • Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia On Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a sign advertises a so-called gentlemen’s club. It’s not for gentlemen. This particular den of iniquity is called “Temptations.” The gaudy neon sign displays an apple. The devil himself is mocking the people there: “I don’t even have to try with you, because either you humans don’t know your own story, or you’ve relegated it to myth. You are easy prey.” But the audacious display of hedonism is not the only shingle the devil hangs out. In more refined places, his signs are lit with a softer glow, the lettering elegant, the product respectable. He has written “Temptations” with invisible ink. And you buy what he’s…

The bones of Joseph

Posted on November 28th, 2011

In Exodus 13:19, as the Israelites are departing Egypt, this curious detail is recorded: “Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, ‘God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones with you from here.’” In what must have been a hasty departure, why would Moses take time to rescue the remains of a body, four centuries dead? If bodies were unimportant, then the bones of Joseph could have remained in Egypt. Yet while the soul of Joseph had been sundered from his body, nevertheless the bones Moses transported were still Joseph’s bones. The body of the first Hebrew slave in Egypt is rescued from the land of bondage, foreshadowing the…