Oct 2, 2009, 5:20 AM
God’s intent in delivering the Children of Israel from slavery in
In championing their course, He wanted to make them aware that He loved them unconditionally, with an everlasting love. He wanted them to rely on Him totally for everything. He intended to lead them through the wilderness and through enemy territory to the land flowing with milk and honey, if only they would believe. “I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.” (Exodus 6:7-8)
At each time an opportunity is offered Him to reveal Himself to them He did so in order that they would get to know Him better. Remember the Israelites had been used to serving pagan gods during their 430 years sojourn in
Did they believe this? Soon after they left
In spite of all that God did on their behalf, the Children of Israel complained; they quickly forgot what God had done for them, liberating them from slavery, fending for their needs and fighting their battles against hostile pagan nations.
One wonders why God did not change His mind after the Israelites turned out to be so unfaithful. The Bible teaches that God’s anger is not ignited that easily. “He made known His ways to Moses, His deeds to the people of
He reminded them that they owed Him an existence and that they should be grateful. “When the Lord your God brings you into the land He swore to your forefathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you – a land with large flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant – then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (Deuteronomy 6:10-12)
In spite of the privileges God extended to the Israelites they trampled it underfoot. “The Lord’s anger burned against
This was one of the reasons God dealt with the people of
When we understand God, then like Abraham we can be called His friend. When we find favour with God, like David, we can be described “a man after God’s own heart.” (1 Samuel 13:14) Saul became arrogant as the first king of
How often have we put God to the test? Because God is slow at manifesting His anger does not mean He has compromised His standards – far be it. He requires total submission and obedience from us.
The God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob is a marvelous God. He has not put a burden on us; all He does and will permit in our lives is for our own good. If you find yourself going round in circles and not making any headway, check your standing with Him.