God’s Story For Your Life


God’s Story For Your Life

Exodus 19:1-25

The Israelites finally reach the base of Mount Sinai,
God’s holy mountain, two
months after leaving Egypt.

The Covenant
Revisited
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Read
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Then Moses climbed the
mountain to appear before God. The LORD called to him
from the mountain and
said, “Give these instructions to the family of Jacob;
announce it to the
descendants of Israel: ‘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.’ This is
the message you must give to the
people of Israel.”

So Moses returned from the mountain and called
together the elders of the
people and told them everything the LORD had
commanded him. And all the people
responded together, “We will do everything
the LORD has commanded.” So Moses
brought the people’s answer back to the
LORD. / (Exodus 19:3-8)

Reflect
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God had a reason for
rescuing the Israelites from slavery. Now he was ready to
tell them what it
was: Israel was to become a kingdom of priests and a holy
nation where anyone
could freely approach God.

Why did God choose Israel as his nation? God
knew that no nation on earth was
good enough to deserve to be called his
people, his “special treasure.” He
chose Israel because of his love and
mercy—not because of anything they had
done, but in spite of it. Why did he
want to have a special nation on earth?
To represent his way of life, to
teach his Word, and to be an agent of
salvation to the world. God chose one
nation and taught them to follow him, so
that one day they could be a channel
for his blessings to the whole world.
“All the nations of the earth” would be
blessed through Abraham’s descendants
(Genesis 18:18). Gentiles and kings
would come to the Lord through Israel
(Isaiah 60:3). Through the nation of
Israel, the Messiah, God’s chosen Son,
would be born.

Genesis 15 and
17 record God establishing his covenant with Abraham, promising
to make his
descendants into a great nation. Now that promise was being
realized as God
renewed his agreement with the Israelite nation, the
descendants of Abraham.
God promised to bless and care for them. The people
promised to obey him. The
covenant was thus sealed.

But the good intentions of the people quickly
wore off. Before long, they
began to corrupt God’s plan. God then established
Aaron’s descendants from the
tribe of Levi as priests, representing what the
entire nation should have been
(Leviticus 8–9). But with the coming of Jesus
Christ, God has once again
extended his plan to all believers. We are to
become holy, “royal priests” (1
Peter 2:9). The death and resurrection of
Christ has allowed each of us to
freely approach
God.

Respond
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Just like he did with Israel, God has called
you into a relationship with him
so that he could bless others through your
life. Who has God put in your life
that he is trying to bless through you?

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