Prayers of the People
fairly dancing with delight at God's victory for his people.
Listen to these images of the Exodus:
"The sea beheld it and fled; Jordan turned and went back."
"The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like young sheep!"
Later on, Jesus even says that if people do not praise God then the "stones themselves will cry out!"
Paul's letter to the Romans reflects the differences that early (and later!) Christians experienced -
Some people, for example, insisted the only "right" day to worship was Sunday; others said it had to be the Sabbath/Saturday;
others said all days are the same to God.
Some Christians apparently believed that they should never eat meat,
others that they could eat meat if it was not sacrificed to idols before it ended up in the market,
others said that those things made no difference to God.
Churches still divide over whether the waters of baptism can be poured (as the Holy Spirit was "poured out")
or must be administered in running water like a river,
(which is what "living waters" meant to the first readers)
or whether baptism in water is necessary at all...
"Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions."
And who are the "weak?"
Those with rigid opinions and fears.
"Some believe in eating anything while the weak eat only vegetables."
Neither is to judge the other...