18th September 2022 || Projections by Rev. Benson Kuira || Proclaim His Promises Series
Exodus 19: 1-12
We continue learning about God’s Covenant. Today we focus on Projections- expectations that come with a covenant.
Exodus 19 is about God’s Covenant with Moses and the Israelites- the Mosaic Covenant.
The Covenant took place at Mt. Sinai. Five chapters of Exodus (i.e. 19-24) are dedicated to describing the Mosaic covenant. God had delivered the Israelites from Egypt. He then entered into a covenant with them. There were conditions and expectations.
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 19:5-6NKJV).
God commands Moses to enter into the Covenant. The Israelites had to give a commitment to honour the covenant. They were bound by the Covenant.
Exodus 20 is about the Ten Commandments.
In New Testament, Jesus took the Ten Commandments and summarised them into two (Luke 10: 27):
– Relationship with God
– Relationship with one another
Exodus 21: Laws about how you treat people. It’s about relationships among people.
Exodus 22: Laws concerning property and assets
Exodus 23: Is about ensuring justice for all
Exodus 24: The Israelites affirm the covenant
The Israelites have lived the consequences of the Mosaic covenant to date. They remain a blessed and powerful nation. They have gone through difficult times e.g the holocaust, wars with neighbours, etc. They remain a successful nation. All these can be traced back to the Covenant and how they have obeyed it.
– The Mosaic Covenant was a national covenant. Made with the Israelites alone.
– We are not direct partakers of the Mosaic Covenant but we can learn from it.
– The Mosaic law was very burdensome. If it was to be applied today, no one would survive!
But on account of Christ new covenant, we are not bound by the Mosaic Law but can learn from it.
Jesus affirmed the Old Testament scriptures. Luke 10: 27 affirms Deutronomy 6: 5 – 7
So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (Luke 10:27 NKJV)
Expectations of the covenants
The covenant demanded living by God’s commands. But often people forget God when they get blessed. Blessings have a way of erasing memories of past pain.
‘… then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage’ (Deuteronomy 6:12 NKJV).
This speaks to us today.
Prosperity breeds sense of self dependence, … forgetfulness of the blesser and focusing on the blessing.
Ones greatest exhibit of humility is when you continue honouring God in your abundance.
Are we free to live as want?
No. We are not free to live as we wish but live guided by Holy Spirit.
God’s grace has set us free from Mosaic Law. But we are under Christ’s Law.
The Law of Christ is our guide. Christ reminds us:
“If you love Me, keep My commandments (John 14:15 NKJV).
Christs law is about LOVE….Christ will do something for us…give us Holy Spirit who will enable us do God’s will.
Christ came to fulfil the law of God (See Matthew 5: 17).
God help us to honour the law of Christ- that is LOVE.