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Thursday, April 15, 2021

God of tenderness and compassion: Exodus: Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

“With the two tablets of stone in his hands, Moses went up Mount Sinai in the early morning as Yahweh had ordered,...Then Yahweh passed before him and called out, ‘Yahweh, God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in faithful love and constancy,’ Moses immediately bowed to the ground in worship, then he said,’if indeed I do enjoy your favour, please, my Lord, come with us, although they are an obstinate people; and forgive our faults and sins, and adopt us as your heritage,”. Exodus 4b-6, 8-9  New Jerusalem Bible (published by St Paul’s)

It’s interesting to note many points in these passages!  The first one highlights the great attributes of God Almighty; God of tenderness and compassion.  We can infer from the Scriptures how God is compassionate to his people.  He continually forgives although His people rejects him over and over again with their sinfulness.  God is slow to anger; He waits for us to come to our senses and love and worship him again.  He has faithful love beyond understanding in human terms.  “God’s ways are not our ways.”  God is eternal, constant in loving and forgiving us!

The second point is that Moses immediately worshipped God!  He did not hesitate; he did not wait.  Currently, we lost that sense of awe!  We like to treat sometimes God as an acquaintance.  There is nothing wrong with loving God as our friend.  But, we have to learn from Moses, the great prophet.  His worship is sincere and he worship God with awe and reverence.  We can take this lesson from him.

Moses said, “Forgive as our sins.”  He did not separate himself from the obstinate people because he knows he is not perfect.  In the same way, a good instrument of God must not separate himself just like in an ivory tower.  He must be humble and beg God to forgive the people as well as himself or herself.

Praise God Almighty!  May His Holy Name be praised forever and ever.

Cynthia Abegail

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