“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles wings and brought you to myself.” (Exodus 19:4)
God’s covenant is base upon His act of deliverance and upon the people’s obedience as a kingdom of priests. God’s historical acts had a goal—-the creation of His covenant people. God’s call for obedience rested on His saving acts.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, in order for You to set up a covenant with Your people, You first had to reveal to Your people the consequences for keeping the covenant and also for rejecting it. All must understand that You will not allow us to sin and stay in a covenant relationship with You. It is in Christ Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“What does a dead atheist and a Christian have in common? Both belie in God!”
“For they are your people and your inheritance, whom you brought out of Egypt, out of that iron-smelting furnace.” (1st Kings 8:51)
God’s people are identified by what God has done for hem in history. Those historical memories give promise of God’s continuing concern for and relation with His people.
“There is no one like you, O Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. And who is like your people Israel—-the one nation on each whose God went out to redeem a people for himself, and to make a name for yourself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? You made your people Israel your very own forever, and you, O Lord, have become their God.” (1st Chronicles 17:20-22)
God’s saving action in the Exodus showed His unique power as the only God. It also created a unique people redeemed by God to perform a unique mission, helping extend the reputation and fame of the world’s only Redeemer. The Exodus created the unique eternal relationship between God and His people.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“‘This is what the Lord says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers. God home, every one of you, for this is my doing.’ So they obeyed the words of the Lord and turned back from marching against Jeroboam.” (2nd Chronicles 11:4)
God protected His people from themselves. He ordered them not to fight one another. God’s actions in history are seen in what He refuses to let happen as well as in what He does.