Questions for going deeper with the Scriptures for Sunday, September 30th
Is God really there for and with us? If so, shouldn’t life be easier? Shouldn’t we not suffer? Since we still suffer, struggle and live in strife, does that mean that our hope is misplaced in God? That God is unloving? Or that God is impuissant to save, protect and heal us? Theologians call this existential question that of THEODICY: is God good? Is God all powerful? If so why is there evil? If not, how can God be God? Today’s passage tells the return of Moses to Egypt, his initial confrontation with Pharaoh, and what seemed to be a great failure in the eyes of the enslaves Israelites. The Israelites only see the bricks their made to make. God sees something else: the bricks with which God wants to build a new land, a new people, a new hope.