We have two stories of meetings taking place on a mountain; Moses meets with God and Moses meets with Jesus... and Elijah and the three disciples. I'm trying something a little different today. My focus will be on the story of Moses meeting with God and I'm using the Bible translation The Message to tell the story. First this, on another day and another place, Moses and Jesus met in a different setting, a golf course. As they were about to tee off, they were joined by an elderly gentlemen. The first hole, like The Willows at Little Crow in Spicer, called for them to tee off over water. Moses teed off first, took his shot, and plop, it landed squarely in the water. But Moses parted the water, took another shot, and landed next to the cup.
Jesus was up next, and his shot ended up also in that water. So Jesus walked out onto the water, and took his second shot and landed even closer to the cup.
The old man stepped up, and took his shot. He also landed in almost the same spot, in the middle of the water. But a frog came by, and picked up the ball. It started to hop away when an eagle came swooping down on it, carrying it over the green. As it flew over, the frog dropped the ball. The ball then rolled into the hole for a perfect hole in one. Moses then turns to Jesus and says, "I hate playing golf with your father."
A very different meeting than our bible readings. But our focus is on Moses starting with the passage Ruth read from Exodus. This really is just a bit of a much fuller story kinda dropped into the middle of our lectionary cycle. I am going to back up a couple chapters to set the scene and then move forward to see what this account of Moses meeting God leads to.