Dana and April Haynes
Exodus 19 and 20 introduce us to one of the most important events in all of human history, the giving of the Law… The Ten Commandments!
Probably the most important take-away from this passage is found in Exodus 19:5.
“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.”Exodus 19:5
Once again God is stressing how much he loves his people and how he considers them a treasure and a possession. Read between the lines; nobody is going to mess with God’s people! However, there are conditions.
They must fully keep His covenant and obey him fully.
I don’t think I had thought about this particular passage before and it solidifies my conviction that we must always strive to obey what God is asking us to do. And… we can’t do it half heartedly. This is a challenge because we tend to want to take the easy way when the more difficult path is often where God really wants us. When we decide to do the thing that is more difficult great blessings often follow.
Exodus chapter 19 & 20 set up a form of religion for Israel which, by the time of Jesus arrival, had become twisted and corrupt. When Jesus begins his ministry, he calls the people back to this standard, the standard of the Word, and challenges them to ditch the unnecessary and burdensome traditions which had replaced the form of true worship God had given through Moses.
Here’s something fun. Look at these two chapters and see how often God asks Moses to go up and down the mountain!. It’s a lot of climbing!
Bonus: Dana has written and filmed a great bible study series called A Faith That Obeys. It’s especially useful for studying with religious people. Check it out at afaiththatobeys.com