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The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell

Is the Lord Among Us Or Not?

Exodus 17:1-7

15th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

September 25, 2011

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

The Bible provides us with an extraordinary collection of psychological case studies--just in Exodus 17! The Lord delivers, then leads the people through a parched, perilous zone. So what does verse 2 tell us? "Therefore--therefore!--the people found fault with--not God, but Moses!" What's the term for that? Transfer? Scapegoating? That awful habit of pointing our blame at the wrong person that plagues relationships and sours religious life--although often we do the Israelite blame game in reverse: some minister misbehaves, abuses trust, or some church member acts atrociously, and people find fault with God and choose to disbelieve.

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