Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 13-SEP-2020 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 15 – The sermon begins by expressing some curiosity about the story of the Red Sea parting to reveal a dry path for the Israelites to walk to freedom, and then closing over to drown the pursuing Egyptians. The violence against the Egyptians was God's alone. What does it mean, for God to harden his heart against the Pharaoh and the charioteers? Where does it fit into our concept of God as love? The account of the crossing of the Red Sea is commonly read as an allegory for baptism, with an expectation that the newly baptised will put to death all manner of vices – vices which parallel the way that the Pharaohs treated the Israelites, and which also parallel the vices of some of our contemporary politicians. But the Christian life should lead us to be better than that. What is needed is kindness, 'the ultimate soft skill in a hard world', sparked from empathy and compassion, The reality is that the world is hard, and kindness is not easy. Galatians 5:22 reminds us that the fruit of God's spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. May those gifts be reflected in our lives, both personal and communal.
Exodus 14: 19-31

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