The Old Testament reading for the Scrutinies (Exodus) is a Moses story. A somehow vaguely familiar Moses story. We don’t usually hear it, but it’s the story behind a Psalm that shows up a lot in the Sunday readings (including this Sunday).
In the reading, God’s people have left Egypt on the way to the Promised Land, and they’re complaining to Moses. And who could blame them? The drinking fountains in the Sinai desert were out of order.
God’s people were dehydrated, irate, and ready to stone Moses. You would expect Moses to respond in kind, to be snarky and demeaning (“We’re in a desert, what did you expect?”) or to lash out at them for being whiny.
But instead of striking back, Moses does the unexpected. He prays for them. And God responds to Moses’ prayer, in a way that is just as unexpected.
More on this tomorrow.