3. Exodus 19:4 “…You saw how I snatched you from the bonds of slavery and carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.“
Although it looked like they walked out of Egypt under their own power, that’s not what happened at all. And although it looked like they were in the desert, they were actually in the arms of God.
I had to take a moment to repent. All those circumstances where I failed to discern Him.
There I was in His arms all along—snatched from the enemy’s grasp but still kicking and screaming about how miserable I felt. Not appreciating the comfort and safety of His embrace.
The Lord had proven His faithfulness to the Israelites. He hadn’t just brought them out of slavery, but He had brought them unto Himself. It was all about relationship. Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
Deuteronomy 32:11 “Just as an eagle stirs up its nest, encouraging its young to fly, and then hovers over them in case they need help, And spreads its wings and catches them if they fall, and carries them up high on its wings;”
This verse is a picture of a mother eagle who teaches the young to fly even though they are reluctant. She doesn’t push them out of the nest and leave them to figure it out themselves. Lovingly, she flies along with them, ready to support or catch them if needed. She knows what is best for them, and acts out of love and wisdom.
4. a. To receive the blessings of the covenant, God asked Moses to tell His people the following:
- Listen to me (hear my voice)
- Obey what I say
- Keep my covenant
b. God promised the following three-part blessing:
- You will be My treasured people.
- You will be My kingdom of priests,
- A nation holy and set apart.
The Israelites responded by saying, “We will do everything the Eternal has told us to do!” Exodus 19:8
c. 1 Peter 2:9-10 As a born-again believer, I am one of God’s chosen race, a member of His royal priesthood, a citizen of His holy nation, purchased by God. I am privileged to proclaim His wonderful acts and display His virtues and perfections.
“In the Old Testament, there were kings with physical authority and there were priests with spiritual authority. But the N.T. saints have both. We are a royal priesthood (Revelation 1:6 and 5:10).” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
Isn’t that awesome? I never noticed that before.
I know I have authority as a believer, but I never connected the royal priesthood dots.
The blessings of the New Covenant that God has given me arouse a sense of awe, wonder, and some confusion.
- Why didn’t I catch on to this as a young believer? It is such a different mindset to realize who I am in Christ. It’s like waking up one day to discover I was and am a daughter and friend of the King after believing I was an obscure, insignificant servant.
- Now that I know, I need revelation, understanding, and encouragement to walk in this identity.
5. The Lord reinforced Moses’ position as leader by setting a distinction between Moses and the people.
- God asked Moses to set up boundaries around the mountain that the Israelites could not cross.
- God displayed supernatural signs and wonders—Exodus 19:16-20 Voice
- Blasts of a ram’s horn grew louder and louder.
- Thunder and lightening lit up the sky.
- A thick cloud obscured the mountain.
- God descended on the mountain in fire.
- The smoke of that fire rose up to the sky as if it were billowing out of a furnace.
- The entire mountain shuddered and quaked intensely.
- His voice in answer to Moses “rumbled like thunder.”
- God invited only Moses and later Aaron to come up to Him.
The people were terrified. (I would be, too.) Moses was brave enough to go up the mountain. Perhaps he was also afraid not to. Still, he went.
Again, I sure do wish they had video cameras! Even the audio would be amazing. Wow!
6. a. Through the limits placed on them, the Israelites would learn—See Exodus 3:4-6 and 1 Peter 1:15-16
- God is holy.
- We are in awe and fear in His presence.
- The place surrounding God is holy.
- If we are born again, His Spirit is in us. Therefore, we are called holy. We are His temple; His sanctuary.
b. Romans 5:1-2, 6-8 — God made provision for us so that we can come into and enjoy His presence by—
- Because of His great love, God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on our behalf. “But think about this: while we were wasting our lives in sin, God revealed His powerful love to us in a tangible display—the Anointed One died for us.” Romans 5:8 Voice
- We are acquitted and given right standing with God through faith. Romans 5:1 AMP
- “Jesus leads us into a place of radical grace where we are able to celebrate the hope of experiencing God’s glory.” Romans 5:2
Is it just me, or did this lesson get you really revved up, too? Glory!
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