Today’s Scripture Selection: Exodus 31:18
After some very specific instructions concerning where and how the people of God were to worship, God confirmed his law and covenant with them and we read this intriguing passage of scripture:
“When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.”
Imagine – tablets inscribed in God’s own handwriting.
Much speculation has occurred over the years about how such a thing could happen but for me, it is enough to just let the poetic language of scripture speak for itself.
“…inscribed by the finger of God.”
That speaks so profoundly and powerfully of God’s
- Intimate connection with us
- Willingness to personally connect with us
Mysterious though it is, it speaks to me of how we have no detached deity, incapable or unwilling to communicate with us.
Of course, that idea plays out even more powerfully and richly in the story of Jesus of Nazareth, “God with us” which we celebrate at Christmas and Easter.
I can’t imagine what the “finger of God” looks like but I don’t need to. It is enough to know that he loves His creation enough to send us a message that is personally “signed.”
By Paul Simrell
The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program.
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