“He established it as a statute for Joseph when he went out against Egypt, where we heard a language we did not understand.” (Psalm 81:5)
God’s actions and His revealed moral will are closely connected. He delivered His delivered His people in the Exodus to lead them to he mountain of revelation where hey received His commandments. Forgetfulness of His commandments proved disastrous in their history. History can thus be confessed as a history of human sin and divine mercy. Such a history calls the present generation to teach both God’s acts and God’s will to the next generation.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have taught us that there is great importance in teaching history from one generation to the next, for if we don’t, the mistakes of the previous generation will assuredly be visited upon the next generation. No doubt we have sinned and surely God’s grace and mercy has been poured out upon us many times, but even this part of history is to be taught, because it is all part of our God’s moral will for each one of us. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If He brings you to it—-He’ll bring you through it. Trust Him!”
“So I will consecrate the Tent of Meeting and the altar and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.” (Exodus 29:44-46)
Beloved, worship is offered to a God present with His people. Israel became aware of the powerful presence of God through their deliverance from Egypt. God delivered them from Pharaoh’s slave life so He could live among them in the worship place and be their God.
“So Jehu destroyed Baal worship in Israel. However, he did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit—-the worship of he golden calves at Bethel and Dan. The Lord said to Jehu, ‘Because you have done well in accomplishing what is right in my eyes and have done to the house of Ahab all I had in mind to do, your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.’ Yet Jehu was not careful to keep the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit.” (2nd Kings 10:28-31)
Confessing the right words in the wrong context is sinful. Jeroboam repeated Israel’s basic confession of faith in ‘God’s deliverance in the Exodus. He suggested his calves represented the presence of the God of the Exodus. God punished his house for this grace sin because God explicitly prohibited images representing Him.
Knowledge of God’s acts in history leads to opposition to all other gods and ways of worship. Such knowledge should also lead us to proper worship of God, not to a continuation of a popular but improper type of worship.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“Yet a time is coming and has now om when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” (John 4:23)
Human controversies over proper places and times of worship lost their meaning to Jesus’ coming. He introduced a new time, and new critical opportunity for decision into history. His coming was the decisive moment for in the history of worship, leading all worshipers directly to the Father in spirit rather than material-dominated sacrificial ritual.