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It rained all day yesterday. It was that slow drizzly rain that settles in and gives no indication of going anywhere anytime soon. It was a good day to stay inside, sleep late, sit around, eat chili, nap, and read.

The first half of Exodus is the story of God using Moses to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Great story. They should make a movie about it. Oh, wait… they have. A few times.

The Steese highway between Circle and Fairbanks is a pretty good road for being over a hundred miles of dirt. It’s hard packed and a person can drive pretty quickly over it. There are a few spots, however, where the permafrost under the road bed begins to melt, and it gives the road surface this really weird spongy quality. It’s pretty fun to stand on because even though it’s dry, it allows for a good four or five inches of compression when you stand on it, and then it springs right back when you step off. You can also feel those spots as you drive over them. They absorb so much of the vehicle’s energy that even at sixty miles an hour you can feel those patches suddenly slow the forward momentum like a parachute behind a dragster. It only lasts for the ten of fifteen foot length of the patch, and then you can feel the vehicle clear the patch and hum along again.

I thought about those thawing patches that suck so much energy while reading Exodus. The first half is this compelling story of God’s intervention on behalf of his people through his servant Moses. Moses was used in a powerful and dramatic way to free the Israelites from slavery and oppression, and then God provided for his people as they moved into the desert. But then halfway through it totally started to bog me down as Moses relays God’s specific directions for his various building projects and then reports how these projects were actually completed, which was exactly as directed. So basically we have to read the tedious stuff twice.

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 02:03AM by Registered CommenterBrian Rozell | Comments1 Comment

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Not just twice, sometimes 3 times. First He told Moses what to do, then he relayed that info to Aaron, then the real event as God asked him to do.
May 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDad

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