Day 8 - God Our Saviour: The Exodus
But the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”
God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they lived as sojourners. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord.” (Exodus 6:1-8)
Through Jesus Christ, we have a covenantal relationship with God, and like the Israelites, we know He hears all our groans and cries. Indeed, God our Redeemer has rescued us already through the death of His Son! Let us draw near to God and cry out to our Redeemer.
Whether you’ve seen the ‘Ten Commandments’ or the ‘Prince of Egypt’, you’ve seen vivid depictions of miserable slavery. For many years, the Israelites lived as slaves and sojourners in a foreign land looking for their own home. They had no rights, and lived daily under oppression and fear. But the Bible says God remembered them and the covenant He made with their forefathers -- a promise that He would not just save them, but be their God to live among them.
The Old Testament Exodus account parallels the New Testament teaching of our salvation through Jesus. We too, lived as slaves bound to sin until God brought us out through Christ. Like the Israelites, we are sojourners in this world which is not our home and we’re only passing through. We are migrants looking for our true home. God has made a new covenant with us through Jesus, and He will remember us when we call. Through Christ, He sent His Spirit to live amongst us. God our Saviour has ransomed us, and will bring us to the land He has promised to dwell with us forever.
Are you struggling with some difficulty, or with sin? Like the Israelites, cry out to God in prayer and ask Him to remember you.
- What does it mean that we have a covenantal relationship with God through Christ? What promises can we claim through Christ?
Heavenly Father, we the church often forget that we’re waiting for our real home, which is not here. We also forget our relationship with You, our Redeemer. Forgive us for our spiritual forgetfulness. Help me with my struggles, for You know all things. When I forget Your work of salvation, my heart starts to waver and doubt You. Sin looks attractive to me when I forget You. Remind me of the hope You have provided in Christ, who has saved me from death through His death in my place. Help me seek You daily in Christ’s name, Amen.
- The Singapore Baptist Convention to be a faithful vehicle for the Great Commission work in Singapore.
- The care groups of GBC to be places where God’s word is taught well and lives are changed.
- The CG ministry at GBC to be effective in planning and leading our care groups to grow members in number and in maturity.