by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
Every day you spend in fellowship with God’s Spirit is dramatically better! Today can be one of those days!
Take a few minutes to get still with Jesus. Again, hand Him those things that are demanding your attention.
Ask Him to help you encounter Him in His Word this morning.
Read Exodus 6:1-8 twice slowly.
From the earliest days of God’s saving work in the Bible, it is clear He is a relational God Who is personal and loves. At this point in the Bible’s story (Exodus), God is introducing Himself to the nation of Israel for the first time. Abraham’s family has grown to more than 1 million people, but had not heard from God directly in 400 years, and even then it was only to 4 generations of Abraham’s family. This book is a dramatic introduction of the nation to the LORD.
In v. 2-3 God explains that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob only knew God as “God Almighty.” But now, by His name (YHWH, or “I AM”) He would begin to make Himself known. In other words God is about to show a great deal more of Himself to His people. (Not an understatement!)
Read v. 5-6 again, noting the verbs that describe the actions of God
- I have heard the groaning of the people
- I have remembered my covenant
- I will bring you out
- I will deliver you
- I will redeem you
God is about to become much more actively involved with His people. How do you feel about His close involvement in your life? Take some time to thank Him. Think through your day today and invite Him to be involved with each part.
Read V. 7-8. The crescendo of what God will do is to “take Israel as His people and become their God” so they would know He delivered them. He will adopt the nation and make them His Children.
How do you respond to the fact that God didn’t just do a kindness for us… He made us His Children?
This would cost Jesus (See tomorrow’s devotion). But He didn’t just want your welfare – He wanted you. Talk with Him about this.
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from these texts you can take through your day? How can you remember it?
Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the adopting love of Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together!