The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of April 27 - May 3, 2014, is Exodus 19:1-8.Moses has successfully led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.Exactly three months later, God summons them to Mount Sinai, where Moses is given the Law to pass on to the people of Israel.
On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain, while Moses went up to God. The Lord called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.” So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord. (Exodus 9:1-8, ESV)
This is the beginning of the Mosaic Covenant, which is a continuation and fulfillment of God's covenant with Abraham.God promised Abraham that He would make a nation out of Abraham's descendents.The Israelites who were led out of Egypt, had become their own nation, yet they were not like other nations.They were to worship the Lord God and obey the laws He was to set out before them.The Laws, which touched upon nearly every aspect of daily life, may appear at the surface to be a list of "dos and don'ts." However, the law is meant to be a reminder that the Israelites are set apart from other nations, chosen by the Lord.
As Christians, we too are set apart from the world.In worshipping the Lord, we should strive and want to act in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord.Just as the Israelites' behavior was important to the Lord, so is ours.The Law was not given as a means of salvation, but so that the Israelites may know what is pleasing to the Lord.We have the Word of God, which includes the teaching of Jesus Christ, who fulfilled the Mosaic Covenant.As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week's passage, consider your attitude towards your behavior.Do you take forgiveness of your sins for granted?How do you live your life?