Exodus Day Forty-Three
August 28, 2020, 5:00 AM

If…
Exodus 19:5-6

“'Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant,
you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples,
for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.'
These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

If you will… obey and keep my covenant…” Those are key words. Sadly, we know that as Israel left the slopes of Sinai and headed for the Promised Land, they would fail many times over in this call. They would come to the southern boundary of the Land at Kadesh Barnea, send twelve spies to spy out the goodness of the good Land and refuse to enter, subsequently spending the next forty years dying off in the wilderness. Obedience was “above their pay grade.” Moses, “the man of God” (Deut. 33:1), would himself, fail to be obedient and miss the opportunity of entering the Land— dying on the top of Nebo, experiencing with his eyes only what his heart longed for the many years over desert travel.

The Story in the Land would be one of metaphorical hills and valleys. Joshua would enter the Land triumphantly at Jericho. Battles would be fought in the north and south. But total victory would not be had. Many “thorns” not uprooted, and life in the Holy Republic of Milk and Honey would be a swim upstream through tempestuous waters. The period of the Judges would be a Twilight Zone of “everyone doing what was right in their own eyes.” “No king in Israel”— not even God. The time of the kings did bring the reigns of David and his son, Solomon. A spark of hope ignited, and the allure of what things were supposed to be— but alas, it didn’t last. Some other good kings, Hezekiah… Josiah… but exile still came.

The “If” didn’t become “When.”

That is, until God made it “When” in the Incarnation. This is why the New Testament is such an exclamation point to the Story. “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,'" John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mark 1:1-4).

Jesus! The new Exodus from the coronation in the Jordan.
Jesus! THE new Moses.
Jesus! The Melchizedek to come who never dies, unlike Aaron.
Jesus! The new David, to reign forevermore as King of kings.
Jesus! Prophet, Priest and King.
Jesus! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Jesus! Who obeys the voice of His Father and keeps His Covenant.

What begins at Mount Sinai is fulfilled at Mount Zion.
In Christ. When “If” became “When.”   Amen.

This entry concludes the blog series on Exodus. The blog will return on Monday September 14th with a seven-week run in Philippians. See you then!


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