April 10, 2022 • Steve Gregg • Exodus 23:20—24:18
How is this part of the Covenant brought to a close? God gives his promise of conquest in the Promised Land, covenanting his people to trust him and to obey him, which is still what we must do, trusting that God loves and cares for his children whom he has redeemed. And that our salvation is not earned through obedience, but strengthened and proven through it.
The Right Kind of Fear
March 6, 2022 • Michael Roop • Exodus 20:12–21
Why does God give his people this good law at this time? As we go through the last of the Commandments, and then see the resulting reaction of the people to God's power, we can understand how we need the right kind of fear of the LORD.
February 20, 2022 • Michael Roop • Exodus 20:1–7
What are the first instructions on the mountain from the LORD to his people? As we consider these things, let us seek to follow closely after God, recognizing this law for the gift it is in shaping us to be more like God, to be formed more into his image.
At the Mountain
February 13, 2022 • Steve Gregg • Exodus 19
Have you forgotten the Holy and Awesome nature of the LORD? As God descends onto the mountain, in holy fire and clouds, the people and Moses must consecrate themselves to be close to God. How much more wonderful it is for us who have the Holy Spirit inside of us, a sign of our redemption and righteousness that Christ given to us.
The (un)Expected Priest
February 6, 2022 • Gianluca Cueva • Exodus 18
Ever had God send his provision from an unlikely source? As Jethro arrives at the Israelite camp to see Moses, we see faithfulness from the foreigner father-in-law who praises the LORD for his provision for the people and offers sacrifices, as well as giving wisdom to Moses in how he, and we, should organize our systems for the good of the leaders and for those in the community.
Hands Held High
January 30, 2022 • Michael Roop • Exodus 17
Does this passage sound familiar? As we follow the people throughout their wilderness sojourn where they fail in a familiar way, we see how crucial it is for us react to failure, trial, and hardship, by running into the arms of the Father, approaching the throne of grace through the blood of Jesus.
What Is It?
January 23, 2022 • Michael Roop • Exodus 16
What is that on the ground? As we dive into a beautiful instance of God's provision for his people, we can see how God uses both the practice of gathering manna that only He can provide, and the practicing of the Sabbath, in order to form his people to be holier and ready to enter the rest of the Promised Land.
January 9, 2022 • Steve Gregg • Exodus 15:22–27
How do the people respond to God's testing when they first enter the wilderness? As we see major themes start to unfold of God's testing (or training), the people's grumbling response, and the continued faithfulness of God, we should be encouraged and exhorted to not doubt the goodness of God and see how we ought to live our lives.
Sing to the Lord
January 2, 2022 • Steve Gregg • Exodus 15:1–21
How do Moses and the rescued Hebrew people respond to God's great work for them? Through songs of praise and victory in the triumph of the Lord over evil, which helps us to strengthen our hope in the Lord, who has rescued us from slavery to sin and death and will one day enact final justice on the world.