3 Moses went up the mountain to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain: “This is what you must say to the house of Jacob, and explain to the Israelites: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me. 5 Now if you will listen to Me and carefully keep My covenant, you will be My own possession out of all the peoples, although all the earth is Mine, 6 and you will be My kingdom of priests and My holy nation.’ These are the words that you are to say to the Israelites.” Exodus 19:3-5
The Word of God repeatedly reveals God’s heart of compassion and mercy. The very fact that He did not create us and then leave us on our own and has a plan and purpose for our lives. I am blessed that the Lord doesn’t leave us to figure it out on our own but in His grace and mercy, He calls us unto Himself into an intimate, personal relationship.
In verse 3, we see the Lord called to Moses from the mountain. First, I am thankful that the Lord calls and draws man unto Himself. We see Jesus speak this in John 6:44 as well,
“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
This truth gives us reason to rejoice for man comes into the world separated from the God who created him and placed him on the earth. Our very nature apart from Christ is sin and depravity as the Scriptures make plain:
As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one; 11there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good, not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:10-18
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.” Ephesians 2:1-3
And ssssooooo…was having a conversation the other day with another believer about the immorality that runs rampant in the world today. The person said that they just didn’t understand how it could be. I responded that we come into the world that way and quoted the verses above. This person responded but at some point you would think they would change. I responded with 2 Corinthians 4:4, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
You see, I believe as believers in Jesus Christ, especially those who have been in relationship for a long while, we sometimes let it slip pass us that there is a real battle going on for the soul of man. We look right pass this truth as we shake our heads and say they ought to give their lives to Jesus. I just don’t get it. Why would they? We fail to remember that just as the Father draws, there is an enemy who blinds eyes and whispers lies…just as he did with Eve. You will not die, surely God did not say, and if he did-are you sure you want him for your God?
And ssssooooo…back to today’s verses. Our God is just as faithful today as He was in Moses’ day when He brought Moses back to Mount Sinai, drew him up the mountain, and called to him the work the Lord had for Moses to do. It begins with verse 3, “This what you must say…and explain.” The Lord is still drawing unto Himself and His instructions to us remain. He said it a little differently but they are essentially the same:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
4 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.
“You are the salt of the earth….”
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
You are the Sovereign God who still draws man unto yourself, the loving, compassionate and merciful God who gave Your only begotten Son to make it possible. If we had ten thousands tongues, we could not thank You enough. We pray in the Name of Jesus that you would lift the blinders that man could see the all surpassing glory of Jesus and come to saving faith. Strengthen us in these times to be faithful in the harvest of souls so that none in our sphere of influence would perish! Thank you for your love, grace, and mercy!
In Jesus Name, Amen!