Do you feel like you’re in uncharted territory? Does the future seem uncertain and hazy? While this is a somewhat new era for our country and our world, it’s not new to the history of the world. Many nations faced turmoil and uncertainty. In fact, in our study of Exodus, the Israelites are at the beginning of an unknown future. They had left behind all that they had previously known and were walking forward into uncharted territory. But God gave them a promise. And as we look back through the lens of history, we know that God kept His promise. Therefore, we can walk forward into an unknown future because we have a known God. And we can have confidence because the same God who went before the Israelites goes before us.
But what was God’s promise to the Israelites?
“Now these are the rules that you shall set before them.”
Rules can have a negative connotation, especially in our post-modern, post-truth culture. However, if we didn’t have rules, lawlessness would abound and life would be miserable. When the Israelites left Egypt, they left the laws of the Egyptians and rules of Pharaoh and placed themselves under God’s authority and under Moses. They were becoming a new nation, and every nation needs a set of rules to govern the people and dictate justice.
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