Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 30-AUG-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Pentecost 13 – In the ancient story of Israel's origins and identity, Moses was looking after his father-in-law's sheep when he came across a bush that was apparently ablaze without actually burning, and when God spoke to Moses from the bush, God would not reveal his name or identity apart from saying that he was "I am who I am, and I will be who I will be", and also that he was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. How do we describe the indescribable which is God? Humans ever since have been asking God, "Who are you?", seeking to name and label him; but God cannot be classified and quantified, although the prophets and poets have given us many depictions of him as fundamentally merciful, just, compassionate and forgiving. In the gospel passage we see Peter telling Jesus not to be so stupid as to put himself into mortal danger by going on to Jerusalem, and Jesus rebuking Peter in no uncertain terms by calling him a "Satan", that is, a deceiver and a stumbling block. There are dangers in trying to control God with our own limited understanding. God can reveal himself in surprising ways and places.
Exodus 3: 1-15; Matthew 16: 21-28

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