yet not unheard—
Who are You?
I Am Who I Am—
this is my name forever.
I am the Lord your God:
worship no others;
make yourselves no idols.
The awesome voice shakes mountains:
No one may see me and live.
God to Moses:
I have empowered you.
Perform all the wonders;
tell Pharaoh everything
I have commanded you.
God through Moses
to the whole community:
Keep all my decrees.
Offer the best of first fruits;
set up the tabernacle
on first day of first month;
put the Bread of the Presence
on this table at all times.
God to Moses
regarding Bezalel and all assisting crafters:
Make everything I have commanded.
I have filled you with my Spirit
and skill to do all kinds of work.
Has God changed from
literal to virtual firewall?
From cloud pillar to spiritual
Does God still protect?
God, do You still protect freed slaves?
Will refugees see God-fire blazing,
beating back pursuers?
Oh God, please keep Your people intact!
Protect us from all attacks
and from our crazed attempts
to harness Your fire.
Egypt under Pharaoh
bowed to a pantheon of gods
and oppressed the Hebrews.
Pharaoh presumed sovereignty
for himself and his firstborn son.
Holy Sovereign God intervened
nine times to the nth degree.
On the tenth round God’s
death angel struck Pharaoh’s son
and every firstborn son in Egypt.
On that night Pharaoh knew God was Sovereign.
Yet the next day with his army
Pharaoh pursued the freed slaves
as they crossed the Red Sea.
By God’s sovereign authority
“water covered the entire army;
not one of them survived.”
Complainers, recall Pharaoh’s mean decrees:
Every male Hebrew child
shall be thrown into the Nile.
You will not be given any straw
yet must produce your full brick quota.
Grumblers, examine your own mean spirits:
be grateful for God’s liberation;
stop muttering against your leaders;
stop pining for Egypt’s foods.
Miriam the prophetess
danced in joyous procession,
sang God’s praise with tambourine
and all the women followed
with tambourines and dancing.
Sisters, daughters newly set free:
celebrate today; lead the way;
play, sing, dance with abandon!
Like Miriam the prophetess
join the blessed procession.
For the oppressed slaves:
Lord God, why, Moses cried:
why have you brought trouble on this people?
Is this why you sent me?
Ever since you sent me to Pharaoh
he has increased this people’s suffering.
You have not rescued your people at all!
For the golden calf worshippers:
O Lord, why should your anger burn
against those you freed from bondage?
Why should the Egyptians believe
with evil intent their God brought
them out to die in the desert?
Relent; turn from your fierce anger.