One of the most defining events in Jewish history is the story of the Exodus.
After 400 years of slavery, Moses led the Israelite slaves into the wilderness between Egypt and the land of promise, Canaan.
In between was the wilderness, where that entire nation of slaves lived out their lives. They were no longer slaves, yet they were not in the land of freedom either.
Their preferred identity was slavery. Once you are in slavery, it’s a long journey to becoming truly free.
And such is the case for many believers today:
– There is true forgiveness but many prefer to live with guilt.
– Here is the power of the Holy Spirit, but many prefer the struggle of “doing things myself.”
– There is the new identity in Christ, but many prefer the grave clothes of the past.
“You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to observe the sabbath day.” Deuteronomy 5:15
Take a moment to think back on the slavery that God delivered you from. Spend some time with God simply thanking Him for bringing you out of that place.
Sabbath is the proof that we are no longer slaves; the line in the sand between freedom and slavery.
The world was enslaved by sin and the Redeemer came to set “who so ever will” free from sin.
The children of Israel didn’t get it…
– they didn’t trust God
– they wanted independence rather than dependence on God
– they forgot what they were told to remember
Believers today don’t get it…
– they don’t trust God, His words, His authority, His simple instructions
– they want to be independent; when you live outside of God’s authority, you are courting disaster.
The children of Israel died in the wilderness. They were not slaves and they were not in the Promised Land. They were independent and without God’s blessing.
So much of the traditional “American Dream” is centered around independence, yet as believers, we are are not called to be independent but rather to be completely dependent on Him. In what areas of your life do you struggle with being dependent on God?
Here is what Christians today forget to remember:
“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. “The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments” Deuteronomy 7:6-9
“Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?” Deuteronomy 10:12-13
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” 1 Peter 2:9
What is the message of Sabbath?
– Trust God, not yourself.
– Receive from His storehouse by having faith in Him, not in you.
– Walk with humility, understanding that it’s not all about you.
“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13