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Third Sunday in Lent

reconcile
March 19, 2017

Repent, Rebirth, Reconcile, Rejoice, Redemption, Restore

Scripture References:

Exodus 17:1-7 (2, 5-6)
The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?”
The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink. Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.

Psalm 95 (1-6)
O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed. O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

Romans 5:1-14 (8-14)
But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

John 4:5-42 (10-15)

Jesus answered her (the Samaritan woman), “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it? Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

woman at the well“Moses”
Songwriter and Lyricist, Ken Medema

(God and Moses)

“What’s that in your hand, Moses?”

                                “It’s just a rod.”
“Throw it down, Moses.”

                                “Do you mean, like, on the ground?”
“Yes, I said, throw it down, Moses.”

“Lord, don’t take my rod away from me,
Don’t you know it’s my only security?
Don’t you know when you live here all alone,
A man’s gotta have something he can call his own;
Not me, Lord!”

“Throw it down, Moses.”

                        “But, Lord, I …”
“Throw it down, Moses.”

Moses throw the rod on the ground
And the rod became a hissing snake!
Well, Moses started runnin’.
Well, maybe you’d run.
You’d run.
Well, maybe I’d run.
I’d run.
He was a-runnin’ from a hot rod!
Runnin’ from a hissing snake!
Runnin’ scared of what God’s gonna do!
Runnin’ scared He’ll get a hold of you!
And the Lord said,

“Stop, Pick it up, Moses, by the tail!”

“Lord, you have not lived here very long!
Lord, you’ve got the whole thing wrong!
Don’t you know that you never pick up a hissing snake by his …”

“Pick it up, Moses!”

                        Oh, God, it’s a rod again, it’s a rod again!

“Do you know what it means, Moses?
Do you know what I’m trying to say, Moses?
The rod of Moses became the rod of God!


With the rod of God, strike the rock and the water will come;
With the rod of God, part the waters of the sea;
With the rod of God, you can strike old Pharaoh dead;
With the rod of God, you can set the people free.”

What do you hold in your hand today?
To what or to whom are you bound?
Are you willing to give it to God right now?
Give it up, Give it up, let it go, let it go,
Throw it down.

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