4th Sunday in Lent, year B, 2015 (preached 3/15/15)
first reading: Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
second reading: Ephesians 2:1-10
gospel reading: John 3:14-21
Some people have the mistaken belief that people in the Bible were all righteous and wonderful, always doing the right thing. That our heroes of faith were beyond reproach. They would be WRONG. The truth is that the people of the Bible, with very few exceptions, were seriously flawed, just like you and me.
In our first reading we have Moses and the people, freed from bondage in Egypt, but still wandering in the wilderness looking for their new home.
Moses is NOT the Charlton Heston of the “Ten Commandments.” Moses was not full of himself, confident to the point of arrogance. Moses grew up persecuting his own people, though he didn’t know it at the time. He was an exiled murderer, who when called back…
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