Tag: Exodus 19-20

Healthy fear!

Scripture reading for January 25th: Exodus 19-20

God carried the whole nation of Israel out of slavery in Egypt with a display of His power in the plagues.  They walked out of Egypt, laden down with silver and gold and other valuables.  God’s presence guided them in the Pillar of Fire and in the Cloud.  God was in their midst and provided miraculously in sending the manna and quail and then providing water from the Rock.  These children understood the mercy of God, but their fear of God was lacking!  This holy fear is the best foundation for a good connection with a Holy God.  (Proverbs 1:7)

God led the children of Israel to Mt. Sinai where He gave instructions through Moses to the people.  They were to refrain from sexual relations, wash their clothes, and consecrate themselves in preparation for hearing God.  (Exodus 19:10-16)  On the morning of the third day, there was thunder and lightning, a thick cloud, and a loud trumpet blast.  When the trumpet sounded, everyone in the camp trembled with fear!  (Exodus 20:18-19)  The people begged Moses to speak to them, but did not want God’s voice.

God’s purpose was to instill in them the “fear of God to keep them from sinning.” (Exodus 20:20)  The ten commandments that Moses received revealed God’s standard of holiness.  They are the mirror for our soul showing our own need of mercy and forgiveness.  They drive us to God for mercy through His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is only by grace that we are saved from the penalty of sin. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

As you read Exodus 20:1-17 today, ask the Lord to reveal his holiness to you and open your eyes to your need for holy fear.  Look at the commandments and see how they help us to love God and love our neighbor.  For those who have trusted in Christ, the Holy Spirit now writes the law on our hearts and brings us into the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:1-3)  Jesus perfectly obeyed the law by following the Spirit!

“Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid.  God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” Exodus 20:20

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The Fear of the Lord!

Scripture reading for January 26: Exodus 19-20

God carried the whole nation of Israel out of slavery in Egypt with a display of His power in the plagues.  The Israelites were protected and experienced God’s deliverance as they walked out of Egypt, laden down with silver and gold and other valuables.  God’s presence guided them in the pillar of fire and in the cloud.  God provided miraculously for them again and again in sending the manna and quail and then providing water from the rock.  These children understood the mercy of God, but did not fear Him!  This holy fear is a foundation for wisdom.  (Proverbs 1:7)

God led the children of Israel to Mt. Sinai where He gave instructions through Moses to the people.  They were to refrain from sexual relations, wash their clothes, and consecrate themselves to prepare to hear God’s voice speaking to them.  (Exodus 19:10-16)  On the morning of the third day, there was thunder and lightning, a thick cloud, and a loud trumpet blast.  When the trumpet sounded, everyone in the camp trembled with fear!  (Exodus 20:18-19)  The people begged Moses to speak to them, but did not want God to speak for they feared they might die!  Why would God bring these special people out of slavery to do this to them?

God’s stated purpose was to instill in them the “fear of God to keep them from sinning.” (Exodus 20:20)   The ten commandments that Moses received revealed sin in the heart of man.  They are the mirror for our soul showing our guilt of breaking His law.  They cannot save us from the penalty but drive us to God for mercy through His Son, Jesus Christ.

As you read Exodus 20:1-17 today, ask the Lord to reveal his holiness to you and open your eyes to your need for holy fear.  Look at each commandment and see how these commands help us to love God and love our neighbor.  If you are breaking any of them, take time and confess with repentance.  Thank God that Jesus Christ fully kept God’s law and that His righteousness is now ours by faith!

“Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid.  God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” Exodus 20:20

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God’s Treasured Possession

Scripture reading for January 26th: Exodus 19-20

What is it that you treasure more than anything else in this world?  Would it be silver or gold or maybe precious jewels?  Would it be your house or car?  What about technology, like a computer or cell phone or video game?   Would it be your health and life?  What about your children?  There are many possibilities to consider.

God has a treasured possession that He tells us about in His word!  “You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to Myself.  Now if you obey Me fully and keep My covenant, then out of all nations you will be My treasured possession.  Although the whole earth is Mine, you will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” (Exodus 19:4-6)  The nation of Israel was God’s treasured possession.  He had carried them on eagle’s wings out of slavery and bondage to a place of intimacy and worship.  His main goal was to bring them to Himself!  There was a condition, however; complete obedience by faith was expected. They would become priests to God and be set apart as His special possession!

This idea is carried into the New Testament as well.  Peter talks about this same thought in his letter written to Gentile Christians as well as Jewish.  “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1st Peter 2:9-10)

No one can come to Christ unless drawn by the Holy Spirit and chosen by God.   (John 6:43, 63-64)  He shines the light of His love into our darkness and calls us into His glorious light.  He takes us from our lost and hopeless state, and declares us His people by grace.  However, each person must respond to God’s choice by freely choosing to become one of His chosen. (Romans 10:9-10)  We become God’s treasured possession because we freely accept His will for our lives and become priests, interceding before God on behalf of others.  What a treasure we have in Christ!

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Exodus 20:20 Vision–Fear of the Lord!

Scripture reading for January 24: Exodus 19-20

Have you ever been afraid of God?  God carried the whole nation of Israel out of slavery in Egypt with a display of His power in the plagues.  The Israelites were protected and experienced God’s deliverance as they walked out of Egypt, laden down with silver and gold and other valuables.  God’s presence guided them in the Pillar of Fire and in the Cloud.  God was in their midst and provided miraculously for them again and again in sending the manna and quail and then providing water from the Rock.  These children understood the mercy of God, but the fear of God was not what it needed to be!  This holy fear or respect is a foundation for wisdom and life.  (Proverbs 1:7)

God led the children of Israel to Mt. Sinai where He gave instructions through Moses to the people.  They were to refrain from sexual relations, wash their clothes, and consecrate themselves to hear God’s voice speaking to them.  (Exodus 19:10-16)  On the morning of the third day, there was thunder and lightning, a thick cloud, and a loud trumpet blast.  When the trumpet sounded, everyone in the camp trembled with fear!  (Exodus 20:18-19)  The people begged Moses to speak to them, but did not want God to speak for they feared death if they heard Him speaking!  This must have been a very fearful encounter with God.  Fire and smoke, clouds, thunder and lightning, and a very loud trumpet created a atmosphere where people felt uncomfortable and under conviction.  Why would God bring these special people out of slavery to do this to them?

God’s stated purpose was to instill in them the “fear of God to keep them from sinning.” (Exodus 20:20)  He wanted them to have 20:20 vision and understanding that sin brings death.  God’s Word is holy and forever settled in Heaven.  It cannot fail or be changed!  (Matthew 24:35) The ten commandments that Moses received revealed sin in the heart of man.  They are the mirror of our soul showing our need of mercy and forgiveness.  They drive us to God for mercy through His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is only by grace that we are saved from the penalty of sin. (Ephesians 2:8-10) Our own efforts cannot keep the law because sin is ingrained in us through Adam. (Romans 5:12-14) When we understand that God’s holy Word is truth, we can repent and be forgiven.

As you read Exodus 20:1-17 today, ask the Lord to reveal his holiness to you and open your eyes to your need for holy fear.  Look at each commandment and see how these commands help us to love God and love our neighbor.  If you are breaking any of them, take time and confess with repentance.  This is the only way to perfect vision!  May you see clearly today and each day till you see Him face to face!

“Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid.  God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” Exodus 20:20

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