Victory Vitamin Blog – Exodus 19:8

“The people all responded together, “We will do everything the LORD has said.” 

-Exodus 19:8 NIV

 

This was the answer given by the Israelites when God asked if they would obey Him fully.  God was making a covenant with the nation of Israel, the descendants of Jacob.  He was saying, “If you obey me fully, you and I will have an exclusive, special relationship.  I’ll protect and bless you in ways you can’t fathom.”  So the Israelites said OK.  The problem was that God had not yet told them what they would have to do!  They agreed to do everything the LORD had said, BEFORE He said it.  That’s like signing the loan papers, then asking what the interest rate is.  In actuality, it wouldn’t matter.  God could have given the Israelites the simplest of commands and they would have blown it.  In fact, they DID blow it.  Within days of agreeing to obey the LORD fully, they made a calf out of gold and declared “it” to be their new god.  The whole point was to show the Israelites how completely impossible it is to obey the LORD fully.  They couldn’t do it, we can’t do it.  God put in place, a system of animal sacrifices for the Israelites to pay the price for their infractions.  Ultimately He gave His Son, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, so that you, me, and all people could be forgiven.  God loves you, and He’s gone through a lot of trouble to preserve and sustain that relationship.  Worship Him this Sunday.  Return to Him some of what He’s given to you, both time and treasure.  Then share His love with those around you.

Sunday Sneak Peek for October 8, 2017 – Exodus 19-40

Sunday Sneak Peek for October 8, 2017 – Exodus 19-40

This week, we continue our journey through the true story of God’s interaction with His people throughout history. It’s our story too, the story of how God’s love for His people caused Him to provide a way for salvation and a path to eternal life with Him! This week, the LORD reveals His commands and makes a covenant with the Israelites.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Exodus 12:31-32 – Victory Lutheran Church

“During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, ‘Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the LORD as you have requested.  Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go.’”

-Exodus 12:31-32 NIV

 

 

Cecil B. DeMille’s movie “The Ten Commandments” was made in the 1950’s but is still quite impressive in terms of the special effects.  It dramatizes some of the events described in the book of Exodus.  It’s well worth the watch!  The second book of the Bible is called Exodus because it records the departure of the Israelites from Egypt where they had served as slaves to Pharaoh for hundreds of years.  It’s an amazing story.  A true story. And a story that mirrors our lives as Christians.  The Israelites were held captive by Pharaoh, we were held captive by sin.  Moses came to win their freedom, Jesus came to win our freedom.  The Israelites passed through the water of the Red Sea on their way to freedom.  We pass through the water of baptism which sets us free from sin, death, and the devil.  The Israelites traveled through the wilderness guided by God, until they reached the promised land of Canaan, we pass through this life guided by God until we reach the promised land of heaven.  They may never make a movie about your life, but It’s quite a story about how much God loves you, and how much He has done for you.  I hope you feel special.  You are!