STORY #5: FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD
“’You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. 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.” (Exodus 19:4-6).
In the first half of the Book of Exodus, we see the children of Israel in slavery in Egypt, and they cry out to God for deliverance. God raises up Moses who goes to Pharaoh and says, “Let my people go!” After a long series of ten plagues, culminating in the Passover, God gloriously delivers His people, and leads them through the Red Sea, into the wilderness. But that’s not the end of the story.
God’s greatest goal wasn’t just to deliver His children from bondage. It wasn’t even to bring them into the Promised Land (although that would be coming soon enough). His greatest goal – as seen in the above Bible verse – was to bring them to Himself! The whole story of the Bible is about God’s passionate pursuit of people.
So God came down on Mount Sinai before the people, who He invited to come to Himself. But unfortunately, when the people saw and heard the thunderings and lightnings, they said to Moses, “We are afraid! You speak to God for us!” What a sad commentary on this people. Every single one of them had been invited to have a personal friendship with God, but because of fear, they never drew near.
Because of this, King David would later write: “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.” (Psalm 103:7). Moses got to know God’s ways personally and intimately, but the Israelites were content to only know His acts – His signs and wonders.
“So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” (Exodus 33:11). This is the invitation given to every one of us!
THE STORY BIBLE READING FOR THIS WEEK: Exodus 19-20;24-25;32-34;40