Here’s the Deal

followFollow Me: Love[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 19:1-8 [2]

Six weeks after the church left Egypt they reached their destination. Moses ascended the mountain where he had encountered the burning bush and presented himself to God on behalf of his million member church.[3]  God sent him back to the church with a message.

“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.” Exodus 19:4-6, NLT

The church was in the wilderness camped at the foot of a mountain through no effort of their own. God destroyed Pharaoh, the tyrant who made their lives a misery, after Pharaoh acknowledged he was a sinner and God is righteous yet continued to resist God. Like an eagle, God snatched them from oppression with his mighty talons and deposited them at the foot of Mt. Sinai.

God gave them a choice, but it wasn’t heaven or hell, serve me or die. All the earth and the people on it belong to God but few people obey him. If the church will obey him, they will be his special treasure, kingdom of priest, a holy nation.

This is a gracious offer considering the church’s history of bad behavior. The first time Moses tried to help, the church rejected him. Forty years later, they accepted Moses, but quickly changed their mind and marched into Pharaoh’s throne room crying we are your servants. They blamed Moses for their problems and wanted God to leave them alone. God remained faithful and delivered them from the tyrant who made their lives a misery. They thanked God by declaring it’s better to be a slave than die in the wilderness.[4] They discussed stoning Moses, and accused God of plotting mass murder twice within six weeks.

Only someone who loves you could put up with your ingratitude and hateful behavior and still want to make you a special treasure to be valued above all others. Moses delivered the message of love and the church accepted the terms.

The offer God made to the church in the wilderness still stands. The apostle Peter wrote to the believers scattered in the persecution that followed Jesus resurrection

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, his own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”[5]

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[1] In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul warns us that the things that happened in the wilderness were recorded as a warning to the church because Moses preached the same gospel about Jesus that was preached after Jesus resurrection. For this reason Israel/Jacob will be called the church in this series.

[2] All Scripture is from the NKJ Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Exodus 3:12

[4] Exodus 14:12

[5] 1 Peter 2:9

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of the Westbank Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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