Moses reminds the people that they are about to go into the land promised them by God, not as a reward for their being good. In fact, they have been not so good at all! Moses tells them that they are going to enter the new land because God is the one who is good and faithful to God’s promises.
Then Moses tells the story to this new generation about the terrible sin of their parents who made the golden calf and adored it. Moses goes on to tell how he lay prostrate for forty days and forty nights in intercessory prayer for God’s people. He begged God, who was very upset and angry, not to abandon the people and let them die.
Have you ever laid prostrate in prayer? This is a way of praying in which you lie on the floor with you face down—perhaps your arms are stretched out. It’s a position of complete abandon and humility before God. When you go there, bring with you those who need you to pray and intercede for them. It’s as though you have made your body a “bridge over troubled waters” like the song of the same name.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
There go I, but for Your grace. 9:4ff
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…