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Exodus 19 [Read]
Exodus 20 [Read]
Exodus 21 [Read]
Matthew 20:1-16 [Read]
“Torah” is the Hebrew word known as the Law, and most people would equate that with all the commandments we are about to read in the next few weeks. In reality, this word carries the basic meaning of “instruction”. In the Jewish Bible, Torah actually refers to “the five books of Moses”. This helps to shed a different light onto all the rules and regulations. The true essence of these 5 books is for instructions of life, a life that would please the Lord our God, a godly life.
The introduction leading to the giving of the 10 commandments tells an important background. “You have seen…how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself” (19:4) and “I brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery” (20:2). The Israelites are the redeemed people of the Lord, and without God they would still be in slavery. Bible was not very clear about the exact duration of their suffering under the oppression of Egyptians, but a careful reading of chapters 1-2 should give us an estimate of at least over 100 years if not longer. That means a lot of people were born and died as slaves, and their children probably experienced the same misery. This realization should put a new perspective unto God’s grace, and it ought to help us see the beautiful picture of them being carried out of the land of slavery by eagles’ wings.
People are forgetful, especially when we are in difficult situations. The beauty of reading Exodus and the whole wilderness experience of Israelites is that they relate so well with us and how we behave. This may be the reason why it’s so difficult to finish it, especially when we read about the rebellion and self-centeredness of those Israelites. It reminds us too much about ourselves, and no one wants to see a close-up of our morning face in the mirror. We avoid it, hoping that means it does not exist. But when we do that, we also forfeit the opportunity to sense the breath of life we have all been blessed with, even in the morning. And the fact that we can look into a mirror is already a blessing. Wouldn’t you agree?
I encourage you to imagine yourself riding on an eagle’s wing as you continue the journey into God’s eternal Word, and let such perspective help you transform these instructions of life into spiritual fruit.
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