[CF Devotionals] 2017-05-21 - Exodus Study

The Nature of God, His Faithfulness and His Love of His Fallen Creation

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While the book of Exodus deals with redemption, that of Israel from Egypt and humanity from sin, it presents an even more important message. For when we speak of redemption, we speak of the nature of God, His faithfulness, and His love of His fallen creation. After all, when Moses is first commissioned to redeem the people from slavery, it is God who sends him forth.

“I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I am has sent me to you” (Exodus 3:14).

We are to be comforted and reassured, first by the fact that the people we meet here are very real with the same failings, shortcomings, and sins that we experience in our lives. Nevertheless, God loves them, forgives them and constantly moves forward with His plan to re- deem them and us.

No matter how fallen we are, no matter how greatly we fail God, He never fails us. The plan of redemption exists because of our fallenness. Therefore God is never surprised when we do not measure up to Christ’s example. But like the loving parent He is, He reaches down and picks us up once again, setting us on His purpose of conforming us to Christ’s image.

As we examine the history of this new nation, Israel, and as we are inclined to be critical, let us never forget that this account is given to us as a mirror - to remind us of who we are and Who God is.

“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come” (1 Corinthians 10:11).

And the most important lesson we can apply to ourselves is one of humility, that is seeing ourselves in light of our human frailties and God in light of His loving mercy.

Psalm 57

To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.

“BE merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me:
for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge,
until these calamities be overpast.
I will cry unto God most high;
unto God that performeth all things for me.
He shall send from heaven, and save me
from the reproach of him that would swallow me up.
God shall send forth his mercy and his faithfulness.

My soul is among lions:
and I lie even among them that are set on fire,
even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
and their tongue a sharp sword.
Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let thy glory be above all the earth.
They have prepared a net for my steps;
my soul is bowed down:
they have digged a pit before me,
into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves.

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed:
I will sing and give praise.
Awake up, my glory;
awake, psaltery and harp:
I myself will awake early.
I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people:
I will sing unto thee among the nations.
For thy mercy is great unto the heavens,
and thy faithfulness unto the clouds.
Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens:
let thy glory be above all the earth.

Selah.

  1. Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset and David Brown, A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments, “Vol. 1,” William B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI, 1978, p. 278.
  2. Bromiley, Geoffrey, W., general editor, The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, Grand Rapids, MI, 1979, p. 351.

Study to be Continued.


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