God Explains and Moses Proclaims
August 5 — God Explains and Moses Proclaims
Read Exodus 19:3-6
God had done mighty things for the children of Israel – that fact should have been obvious to them. Before they got to Sinai 2 months after leaving Egypt, however, they didn’t know why. The question may not have even crossed their minds – they had prayed for deliverance and, since Moses had arrived on the scene, they had been busy with their deliverance. The time had come for God to explain.
God told Moses to tell the people, “’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 (vs. 5-6).’”
God was doing something He had not done before – He was declaring that the Israelites were to be a kingdom of priests and a nation holy and wholly unto God.
A Choice Based on Grace, Not Merit
The Israelites were not any different from any other group of people. God had promised Abraham that He was going to make a great nation through Him, but it wwas not to be great because Abraham was great. God had sent Moses to deliver them from slavery in Egypt, but they were not chosen because Moses was great. (The Israelites were just as sinful as the Egyptians from whom God had delivered them.)
God had chosen them to be His nation of priests because He was great and it was His divine will to make that choice. He did not choose them because they were special – they were to be special because He chose them.
God called them to obedient and to keep the covenant He was going to make with them. Their obedience and faithfulness were to make them God’s “special treasure” among the people on earth.
What did Abraham do to cause God to choose him?
What did the Israelites do to cause God to choose them?