God did not turn His attention to Israel because they were such good people, but because of the covenant He made with them. Israel was preserved and delivered because God keeps his promises.
Likewise, He will keep His promises with you.
The second book of the Bible contains the story of Moses and an account of the Exodus.
Moses was born in lowliness. In fact, the king of Egypt had enacted a policy to kill Israelite boys. The Israelites are under cruel oppression and bondage. (Exodus 2)
Moses was essentially a prophet, priest, and king to the Israelites; functions that would later be separated into different people before Christ came into the world. He was a deliverer of God’s people, one who was fixated on God’s glory.
Moses was a sinner whose purpose and life pointed to a greater Savior, the sinless Son of God. Despite this, Israel was preserved and delivered to the promised land. They were led by Moses, following the glory of God appearing in the leading cloud.
Israel was preserved and delivered because of the covenant God made with them (Exodus 2:24). There were two promises that God kept. One is the promise to Abraham that his descendants will inherit the land where Abraham was buried. God told Abraham that his people would be in bondage for 400 years and then he would bring them into the land (Genesis 15:13-16).
The second promise is that the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15). The “seed” referred to is the Lord Jesus Christ, and his ancestry line is Israel. Given this, there is no doubt that Israel, though stricken and afflicted, will rise and shake their shackles off.
Our Covenant Relationship
God gives His love and attention to us on the same basis – the covenant relationship we have with God through Jesus. God will keep the promise Jesus spoke in John 3:16, in His time. In John 3:16, we read about the most precious gift: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Instead of abandoning us or retaliating against us, God offers us a gift. The best gift that has ever been given: His Son, crucified and raised to life again.
We will all face trials and difficulties in this life. Jesus never promised us an easy life. He actually promised the opposite. But for those who trust God, those difficulties will not shake us and they will not destroy us. That’s what the Bible promises over and over.
The Book of Exodus
The overall theme of the Book of Exodus is redemption — how God delivered the Israelites and made them His special people. And the story of Exodus teaches us about our people’s yearning to be free, an edict that’s relevant today.
Four lessons from Exodus:
- God saves, but God does things in His own way, in His own time, and for His own glory.
- Exodus teaches us what we should expect from God.
- Exodus gives us reason to trust God in difficult times.
- Exodus shows how God is at work to save the world from sin, death, and the devil.
The two main events in the Book of Exodus are:
- The deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt,
- and the Sinai covenant of the Ten Commandments given to them at Mt. Sinai. (Exodus 19, 20)
Other major events in the book of Exodus are:
- The rescue of the infant Moses from the Nile,
- The scene of Moses meeting God in the burning bush,
- Moses and Aaron confronting Pharaoh,
- The miracles of the plagues visited by God upon Egypt,
- The Passover,
- The escape from Egypt,
- The parting of the Red Sea,
- The episode of the golden calf,
And the successful construction of the tabernacle with its Ark of the Covenant.
Commemoration of the Exodus is central to Judaism, and Jewish culture. In the Bible, the Exodus is frequently mentioned as the event that created the Israelite people and forged their bond with God, being described as such by the prophets Hosea, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.
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In conclusion, consider what the Daily Bread email message sent on 1/18/2023 says,
Exodus 2:24 – So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (NASB)
Moses was a sinner whose purpose and life pointed to a greater Savior, the sinless Son of God. Despite this, Israel was preserved and delivered to the promised land, led by Moses, following God’s leading cloud. God did not turn His attention to Israel because they were such good people, but because of the covenant He made with them.
He gives His love and attention to us on the same basis – the covenant relationship we have with God through Jesus. God will keep the promise Jesus spoke in John 3:16, in His time. In John 3:16, we read about the most precious gift: “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
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