The Mosaic Covenant and Grace
October 31 – The Mosaic Covenant and Grace
Read Isaiah 53:6
God made significant commitments to the Israelites in the Mosaic covenant. If Exodus 34:6-7 had been the only one, it should have been significant enough, “’The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.'” He promised Himself, full of mercy and grace to them.
He chose them as His people, knowing how inconsistent and obstinate they could be. He brought them out of Egypt. He defeated their enemies. He provided for their needs. In return, His requirement was “faith working in love.”
Honor Returned with Dishonor
In spite of all His goodness and favor, the children of Israel repeatedly disobeyed Him. How could God continue to love such a rebellious group of people? Through His grace. God revealed it to Isaiah and gave Him a way to express so that we can understand it – “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).
God the Father looked forward in time to when God the Son would come to earth and take all the sins on Himself. God knew what He was going to do before He spoke the world into existence. He worked through the Israelites as He worked through history – to point everyone to Jesus as the Lamb who would “take away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15)”
How do you see Jesus in the covenant between God and the children of Israel?