July 20.  In their Bible study session they debated long and hard about the story of the crossing of the Red Sea.   Could it really have happened just like it says in the Bible?  Duncan was well  versed in Biblical studies. He explained that there are different types of truth in the Old Testament stories.  They are not necessarily historically accurate, although they can be based on a natural phenomenon of water, wind and tides, but the important aspect is the truth in the religious and theological message.  So they finally understood the message to be “believe in God, fear God, trust in God’s care.”   Most of them remembered seeing the movie THE TEN COMMANDMENTS many years ago and even the present remake seemed unrealistic.   

Read Exodus 14-15 on the crossing of the Red Sea. Israel saw the great work which the Lord did against the Egyptians. The people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and his servant Moses. 

Pope Francis:  What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us? Intergenerational solidarity is not optional, but a basic question of justice. Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is first and foremost up to us.  LS 159-160