Exodus 19 & 20: Will You Keep God’s Commandments?
Verse of the Day: (20:6) And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
1. Call (19:1-25)
And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; (19:3)
It is not we who first call God, but it is God who first calls us, because He truly loves and cares for us. (Matthew 11:28-30). Time and again, God called Moses and gave him commandments so that he could lead Israel in God’s perfect will. This time, God called Moses and commanded him to tell Israel that if they would obey Him, and tell the rest of the world that He is the one and true and living God, then shall God make them His peculiar treasure and holy nation. Indeed, God shall make us His peculiar treasure and holy people, and bless and keep us with everlasting life with Him in glorious heaven when we believe in and receive Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and Lord. (John 3:16)
2. Commandments (20:1-23)
And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. (20:20)
While Moses was at Mount Sinai, God gave him His Ten Commandments that he would teach Israel when he returned to them. The Ten Commandments are still applicable today and they are – (1) Believe in and worship only one God. (2) Do not believe in and worship other gods or idols. (3) Do not take the name of God in vain. (4) Remember the sabbath and keep it holy – today most of us keep Sunday (our rest day) as the sabbath as we attend God’s church and worship Him. (5) God shall bless us with longevity as we honour our parents. (6) Kill not. (7) Do not commit adultery. (8) Steal not. (9) Do not bear false witness. (10) Covet not. Let us therefore obey and fear God and keep His commandments, and He shall bless and keep us, our family and church now and forever!
3. Come (20:24-26)
An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. (20:24)
God shall bless the altar of sacrifice whenever and wherever Israel built it to offer their burnt and peace sacrifices to Him. The altar prophesied the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Lamb of God, who shall be the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. Let us come boldly to the throne of God, through Jesus Christ, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help us in all our troubles and trials. (Hebrews 4:16)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to obey and fear You and keep Your commandments.