Saturday, October 12, 2013

October 12 - Exodus 19

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 19. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • God speaks to Moses and reminds him of what God did for the Israelites.
  • God promises the Israelites that if they will continue to remember Him, He will set the Israelites apart from everyone else on this earth.
  • God gives Moses instructions on how to prepare for meeting with Him on the mountain.
  • God appoints Moses as a mediator between Himself and his people.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Quite often in the Old Testament, we see God reminding His people of what He has done for them.  Sometimes, to trust in the future, it is good to remember the past.
  • Often in the Bible, we see what are called a "type".  In this instance, a type is defined as "a person or thing symbolizing or exemplifying the ideal or defining characteristics of something." Moses is a "go-between" between man and God; he is a type of Jesus.  Jesus has become our mediator forever.
  • We also see a God who longs to communicate with his people.  

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • You have a God who is passionately pursuing communication with you.  When is the last time you set aside time to communicate with Him?  
  • Jesus gave up his life so that we could have access to God.  How often do you remember that?  How should that motivate you in your approach to God?