God: Entering the Relationship [Exodus Pt. 18]

Entering the Relationship

Relationship is a buzzword in the Christian faith these days. It is certainly a valid concept for our faith, but I wonder whether those who push so hard against their understanding of the word RELIGION in favor of their understanding of the word RELATIONSHIP really comprehend what they are saying.

God Enters a Relationship With His People – SERMON AUDIO

God’s love, as displayed in the redemption of His people, is clearly demonstrated in the first 14 chapters of the Book of Exodus. Once they have been freed from their bondage, they are now free to enter into a relationship with the God who loved them saved them from that bondage. God begins to interact with His people by establishing groups of leaders among them (Exodus 18:21-23). Next He calls them to Himself in order to instruct them in the rules of that relationship.

Exodus 19:3-8  And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel:  4  ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.  5  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.  6  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.”  7  So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the LORD commanded him.  8  Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD.

God has redeemed His people in a miraculous display of love for them. He calls them now to a covenant commitment in response to His lavish display of love and gives them a further promise that He will maintain them as His own special people as they respond in faith, with a commitment to submit to Him. This past week I performed a wedding ceremony as I see what is going on here, that is what I am seeing. God is, in essence, marrying His people! Entering into a relationship with them!

Deuteronomy 7:6-9  “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.  7  The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples;  8  but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  9  “Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

EVERY RELATIONSHIP HAS RULES! If you don’t believe it, violate the rules of your marriage, with your boss, or in any other important relationship that you have and see what happens! God has made us. He has established the rules of all relationships. He created us to exist within the bounds of the order that He has established. If we reject that order, if we reject His rules, we are broken, we are “out of order, ” we are in sin. Christ did not free us from God’s order, but TO it. Christ freed us from the penalty of the Law that we had broken, NOT so we could continue to live against that law, but so that the proper order of things could be reestablished.

When we are regenerated, we are not only forgiven, but given a new heart that longs to submit to God and to obey His statutes and  ordinances, to conform to His order. In His book, The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses, Vern Pothress says this, “…a renewed or recreated people are characterized by renewed behavior, behavior conforming to God’s order.” This is clearly stated in God’s intent in the giving of the New Covenant as foretold by the prophet Jeremiah as the Lord says through him;

Jeremiah 31:31-34  “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah– 32  not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD.  33  But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  34  No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

God does not redeem His people just to keep them from Hell, but to complete them and to conform to the image of His Son. To bring us into His proper order.

Romans 8:29  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Thus, a redeemed heart will desire to be obedient to God and to be biblically moral. I could go on, but instead, I encourage you to listen to the audio of the sermon. Check out our evening message as well from 1 Peter 2:9

God Enters a Relationship With His People – SERMON AUDIO

Peculiar People – SERMON AUDIO

In Christ!

Kevin

 

 


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