Scripture: Exodus 19-21. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
After escaping through the Red Sea, the Israelites traveled through the desert and arrived at Mount Sinai, God’s holy mountain. God had a reason for saving His people from slavery. Israel was to become a kingdom of priests and a holy nation where everyone and anyone could approach God freely. There, God gave the Hebrews the Ten Commandments, along with other laws they were to follow, and instructions for building a tabernacle as a center of worship.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God promised to bless and care for the Israelites, His people, and the people promised to obey Him. God will always keep His promises; however, we need to make sure that if we make a commitment to God, that we hold up our end of the bargain. God told Moses to get the people physically and spiritually ready to meet Him. When we meet up with God for worship, we should set aside all other distractions of our lives. Take a few minutes to read the Ten Commandments. These laws and guidelines were intended to show the people how God wanted them to live. As we deal with others in life, we should keep the Commandments in mind. Also, sometimes it is easy to judge others in life. We should always ask God for wisdom before we judge others, for only He can judge.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, we thank You for this day. We pray that you will always help us to hold up our end of the bargain when we make a commitment to You, for we know that You always keep Your promises to us. We are imperfect, and we beg for Your forgiveness. Help us to freely forgive others, as You have forgiven us. Help us to set aside all distractions when we are trying to have time with You. Help us to keep the Ten Commandments in mind at all times when we are living our lives. We know these are specific rules that show how You want us to live and treat others. Help us also to always ask for wisdom before we are quick to judge others. You created each and every one of us, and we know that only You alone can judge. Thank You for all that You do for us. Please guide our everyday paths through our journeys in life. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.