Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Out of Egypt

I was reading Deuteronomy 6 the other day when I ran into this passage that encouraged me because it was a clear reminder of how God saves his people and then sustains his people.

In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded you?” tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Before our eyes the LORD sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.” (6:20-25)

Notice how God delivers them with his mighty hand from out of the land of Egypt to bring them in to the promise land. Then the LORD commands them to obey his laws and fear him for the purpose of their good. What a joy to obey the God who delivers us from the slavery of sin to be his children who inherit eternal life. This is the God who gives us his commands for our greatest good. What a loving God!

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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