The God of your salvation
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.” Exodus 19:3-6
God is calling individuals to become a part of His kingdom. God did not deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt so that they could enter and enjoy a land flowing with milk and honey called the “Promised Land.” He freed them from Egyptian bondage so they could come to know and worship Him. From our text, three months after they left Egypt, God reminded His people why He had delivered them “on eagles’ wings.” It was to bring the people to Himself. That is, God saved them so that they could enjoy intimate fellowship with Him. While in Egypt, the Israelites had been slaves with no freedom to worship God. Now, with their own land, they could come to know and serve God freely. God’s call was not to destroy the idolatrous nations in Canaan so the Israelites can settle the lands they conquered. Rather, God called them primarily to be a people who loved and worshiped Him. Through God’s act of deliverance they came to know Him as an almighty and compassionate God, and they were now free to respond to Him. Did your life change after you came to know Him as your Lord? You should because you found peace, joy and new purpose. Then you start to overcome selfishness and being an arrogant. You discover how to live with patience instead of anger and learn to love people even the ones you hated before. And you start to live by and discover truths in the Bible that help you get informed and inspired to live the Christian life a daily basis. In short, you learned that God is real, even on Mondays. Have you made that wonderful discovery of a personal relationship with Christ yet? Or are you still in the process? “Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen” (Jude 1:24-25).