January 29, 2023 | Doug Sauder
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“In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Israel camped there before the mountain. And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.’”—Exodus 19:1–6 (NKJV)
If you’ve been a believer for any length of time, you’ve heard about God’s faithfulness. And if you’ve been in church, you’ve probably sang about how He’s a promise keeper. These are not trite statements; they are very serious truths about God which can make or break our walk with the Lord in hard times if we lose faith in Him.
According to Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV), “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” But when it comes to God’s faithfulness in keeping His promises that He gives us in His Word, they’re not just things hoped for, they’re facts, and they’re not always things we can’t see. There’s plenty of history and evidence of God’s faithfulness to keep His Word over and over and over to His people.
God made a covenant (a promise or agreement) to Abraham back in Genesis 12:1–3 and 15:1–21, and He’s been keeping it to this day. Now, in today’s passage of Scripture, we see God establishes another covenant between Israel and God, but this time He uses Moses to communicate it. This new covenant is now based on trusting and faithfulness on Israel’s part. This covenant would set Israel to be a “kingdom of priests and a holy nation”.
Today, you don’t have to be an Israelite to be part of this. Any of Jesus’ true followers are also a chosen people—the King’s priests, a holy nation, God’s people! We’ve been “grafted in” to this holy nation (Romans 11:11-–4), and we’re also to be set apart.
This covenant, which we now call the Mosaic Covenant, is similar to a marriage covenant with God as husband and king and His holy nation as His wife and people. It makes clear the parameters of the relationship between them, and these are summarized in Exodus 19 and 20. But in covenantal faithfulness, the Lord didn’t just provide parameters, but also guidance and direction for His people and through them to all of humankind.
We break His heart when we break covenant with Him, when we do things we were not created to do, and when we go in paths we were not led by Him to take. We break away from our relationship the more we do this until we don’t even feel connected to Him anymore. There are always consequences, but He doesn’t want us to be in or to stay in that place. When we decide to turn around, come to Him first, and truly surrender to Him, He is always there to meet us where we are. What a loving, faithful God we have!
Pause: Are you straying away from your relationship with the Lord or getting closer?
Practice: Read James 4:6–10 and write down your thoughts on this Scripture and how it relates to today’s passage.
Pray: Lord, I thank You that You are always faithful to Your covenant promises and the loving care that You provide to Your bride, Your people. Patiently guide me on how to be faithful in my relationship with You and Your Word. Amen.
Mirely Maldonado has been part of the Calvary Chapel family since 2013 and now serves as staff in the Events Department. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Film & Digital Video Production and has taught the Bible at Bible Study Fellowship for six years. She treasures good conversation, enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, and loves reading.