God rescues and redeems us, and we should follow and worship, trust and obey Him. In our battle against sin, we continue to trust in the Lord’s victory as we obey Him by worshipping Him alone and removing any idols in our life, so that we may receive His blessings, the promise of eternal life.
The law is a wonderful gift from the Lord. The law showed people how to live in community with one another, it helped solved disputes, it deterred crime and it protected life. Throughout the law, God reveals the primacy of human life over possession. We as God’s people must be Holy as we make right with those we have wronged, pursue sexual purity, are compassionate and gracious to the powerless.
The law comes from God as it reveals the nature and holy character of God. The law is essentially applying the Ten Words (Commandments) to specific situations. As we look at the law, our focus must be what God reveals about Himself. It teaches us the value of human life and the importance of honoring family.
The Lord formed a people to display His glory. In His law, He is teaching them how to live in community with one another. God not only wanted His people to avoid worshipping others gods, He also wanted them to avoid worshipping like the other nations worshipping the other gods. God gives them four particular differences in their worship.
The Lord delivered His people and established His covenant with them. In His blazing holiness and overwhelming glory He gives His ten words to His people. God pours Himself into these Ten Words, as they reflect the holy character of God.
The judgement on Egypt and deliverance of Israel is a banner for the nations to see that the Lord is God and there is no other. In response, the Amalekites in violence raises their fists towards the throne of the Lord refusing to bow, serve and love. While Jethro in response confesses, worships and breaks bread in the presence of the Lord with the Lord’s people.
As sojourners, who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, who have crossed over to the other side by grace and who are on their way to the promised land, God is teaching His people how to live, trust, love and follow Him. It is in the wilderness where God provides for His people.
After fleeing Egypt and escaping Pharaoh and his army through the Red Sea, the Israelites entered into the Wilderness. Even though they had witnessed God’s power, the people will soon complain against Moses about their new misfortunes in the wilderness. Despite their grumbling, the Lord promises to sustain them so that they would know He was their God.
After the Lord delivered his people as they passed through the Red Sea and destroyed the Egyptians as the Red Sea swallowed them up. God's people were singing because they have been rescued. We learn that praise and worship is the natural response from those who experience God's grace. We sing because of what God has done for us, as we sing about His glory and salvation.
The story of the Red Sea is a story of both judgment and salvation. Bodies of the Egyptian army were washing up on the shore who refused to submit and confess the Lord as God. In contrast, we see the people of God who were delivered to the other side from the waters of judgment by grace through faith. We learn that the Lord saves sinners as we take a closer look from what, how and why.
There is no one like our God in majesty and mercy. The Lord is faithful and passionate about His glory and there are two ways God will be glorified, in His just judgment or His saving mercy. Because of the Lord’s faithfulness we must trust in His wisdom, rest in His promises, and journey by His presence.
As we celebrate the Lord Supper (Passover) we remember the substitute, the severity of God’s judgment and greatness of His mercy, how God has delivered us by His mighty hand. It is our responsibility as parents to pass on the gospel truths to our children.
The Passover was a shadow of God’s salvation. It was a picture of what was to come. Yet the purpose of the Passover is to remember God’s saving power from generation to generation. As we remember the perfect Substitute who was sacrificed in our place, provided salvation and satisfied the holy demands of God.
In these plagues, God reveals that He is the Lord God and there is no other. Only He can create and sustain life and His name will be proclaimed in all the earth. In His judgment through these plagues, we see His mercy, by giving warning and saving those who respond to the warning in faith. Yet Pharaoh refuses to yield to God and in false repentance, we see his destruction.
In these plagues, God was not only judging the Egyptians, but also the gods of Egypt. God puts His glory in display showing that He is the Lord God and there is no other. Within these plagues, we see a pattern of emphasis of obedience, God’s superior power, counterfeit sings and the hardening of hearts. We can learn that God will not share His glory with another and all sin attempts to defame the glory of God.
In the genealogy of Moses and Aaron, we see that in spite of our past failures and present struggles, the work and plan of God moves inevitably forward through broken people. It is only when Moses understood and walked in this truth (God is the only God), was he able to walk in obedience and accomplish the mission of God.
As the people of God rejected Moses, Moses finds himself in a crisis of unbelief where he questions God’s goodness, purpose and action. God simply reminds Moses that He is in control, He keeps His covenant and He saves. As we face our disappointment, discouragement and failures, we must remind ourselves of the Gospel promises of how God has rescued, redeemed, adopted us and given us an eternal inheritance.
When Moses approached Pharaoh with hope, he had no success. Things went from good too much worse. We learn that obedience to God’s call does not mean we will not face disappointment. We can leverage disappointment for our own spiritual good as we hold our expectations with open hands and we look to the cross of Jesus Christ and remind ourselves of the Gospel promises.
In the call and commission of Moses, God gives His Word before He reveals His power because God desires obedience rooted in faith. What pleases God is obedience rooted in faith. The life of a Christian must be marked by obedience rooted in faith.
When God calls us for His purpose, we have a tendency to give every excuse we can think of. We bring up our lack of credentials, lack of content, and lack of converts. We see this in Moses but with every excuse that Moses had, God had a response. God was clarifying to Moses that He is fighting the battle for us, so we trust in His ability as God sent Moses and as God is sending us.