Tuesday's Thought

Take Us As Your Own Possession

Exodus 34:8-10

Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. He said, “ If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession.”

Then God said, “Behold, I am going to make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform miracles which have not been produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations; and all the people among whom you live will see the working of the Lord, for it is a fearful thing that I am going to perform with you.”

This passage amazes me! Moses begs God to take Israel back as His own despite their obvious failure and sin.  God’s response???

God tells Moses he will make a promise to him.  Using this people, he will perform miracles never seen before.  We have a record of  those miracles in God’s word, the Bible.  If you’ve never read it, even if you’re a bit skeptical about it, I dare you, read it.  It isn’t just a book with a bunch of old stories recorded in it; read it and see what you can learn about God.  You might be surprised!

The final statement in this verse says: It is a fearful thing that I am going to perform with you.  If you read the Bible and get the entire story, you’ll understand what this means–that a people, obstinate and disobedient, to their holy, righteous Creator would be used to ultimately bring His son into the world, so that despite us, God provides the chance for our relationship to be restored to Him.  If you really grasp this, understanding his sacrifice and sheer power, you’ll  realize why God used the phrase “fearful thing”.  Something that powerful, should not be taken lightly.  I wish I could better explain it in words, but I simply lack.  Perhaps you should read it for yourself.

A quick side note today.  Houston is waiting for a family.  Please pray for him and consider whether you could give Houston a loving home.  If not you, than who will share Christ’s love with him?  Adoption is a beautiful example of how God has taken us as His own.

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