Blessings today! Before going further in looking at The Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, I wanted us to remember why the Lord told us He shared so much of their experience with us. It is found in the Scriptures below. God knows our hearts for He created them. He also knows our humanity and what life consists of this side of glory. He doesn’t tell us the Exodus and wilderness stories to discourage us but to help us in our sanctification and transformation into the image of His Son which ultimately leads to greater relationship with Him and therefore greater displays of His glory.
This is why I love this portion of the Bible. I learn so much about God, His character, nature, attributes. Who is this God who loved me and called me unto Himself? I also learn so much about me. It was in these Scriptures many years ago that I begin to learn that my salvation was too much about me being saved and needed to be more about true, intimate, personal relationship with the God who loved me so much. Amazing love and grace so great that He came to my rescue by giving His Son at the cross to pay my sin debt and then overcoming the cross and the grave as my victorious Redeemer. All by grace. His mercy is tender! His love everlasting! I am so eternally grateful that I choose to live a life that I believe by His Word and Spirit is pleasing to Him…and so He brings me right to the Exodus and wilderness experiences of the Israelites time and time again to teach me life changing and transformation lessons that leads to my sanctification. Lessons that teach me that our God not only had grace to save me but His grace is sufficient to keep me. Abounding grace for now and there is always future grace that knows my desire to be His holy vessel and an instrument of His righteousness. Nothing I can do on my own but I am in Christ for “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20). Am I perfect? Absolutely not, that’s why He causes me to open my Bible, pray, meditate, apply…so the sanctifying work might continue. I praise Him for it! For He is worthy of not only all praise, honor, and glory but my life!!!
1 Corinthians 10 (NLT)
Lessons from Israel’s Idolatry
10 I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground. 2 In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses. 3 All of them ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Yet God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
6 These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, 7 or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.” 8 And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day.
9 Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. 10 And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. 11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.
12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
May you be well-blessed in the love of Jesus today, see you tomorrow as I share another one of Pat’s life lessons.