2They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain. 3Then Moses went up to God; the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, "Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: 4You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. 5Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, 6but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites."
7So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him. 8The people all answered as one: "Everything that the LORD has spoken we will do." Moses reported the words of the people to the LORD.
The Old Testament can be difficult for me. Jesus and his life story in the New Testament have always resonated more with me. With that in mind, today's reading from Exodus raised in methoughts about the mission of our church-to be and make disciples of Christ in response to God's grace. God showed Israel his grace by saving them from slavery, providing for them, and calling them to take the role of a holy nation. He asks them to "obey my voice and keep my covenant." Godasks. God didn't force them, yet they unanimously accepted the invitation.
As I prepare for VBS, I have made my family listen to the songs in the car repeatedly. We've gotten to listen to all 10 songs at least twice a day. There is a verse that still moves me even after hearing it so many times. "If you could count the times I'd say you are forgiven, it's more than the drops in the ocean." To me, these words perfectly communicate God's grace.
May we too answer unanimously to obey and follow God and , thereby, enjoy all the blessings that flow freely forth from living in relationship with God.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for showing me your grace. Let us remember to obey your voice in our daily lives that we may freely enjoy your blessings. Help us to spread your invitation to be and make disciples to all those in need of hearing it. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Written by Liz Hearring
Interim Director of Children and Family Ministries