Leave Sinai

Exodus Chapter 33. The Lord told Moses to take the people and leave Sinai. He told them to go up to the land of milk and honey, the promised land. But, He said that He would not go with them. In the previous chapter the people had turned away from the Lord and put their trust in a cow. Hard to believe but people will be people. The Lord was still a bit perturbed over the whole matter. He called them a stiff-necked people and said that He could come into their midst and consume them in one moment. 

Moses, who is a type of Christ, reminded the Lord of His contract with the people of Israel. The Lord said that He would honor His contract because of Moses. He also wanted to see an attitude of repentance. 

Israel did repent. Exodus 33:4. And when the people heard this bad news, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments. For the Lord had said to Moses, Say to the children of Israel, You are a stiff-necked people. I could come up into your midst in one moment and consume you. Now therefore, take off your ornaments, that I may know what to do to you. So the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by Mount Horeb. 

Our relationship with the Father is contractual and rock solid. If we repent and trust in Jesus, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Our relationship with the Father is also conditioned upon a repentant heart. Revelation 2:5. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 


The People Rose Up to Play

Moses was up on the mountain. Exodus 32. Apparently he was up there for a long time. Probably enjoying his time with the Lord as he received the 10 commandments. Well, the leader was absent and the people were tested. They decided to worship a cow instead of God Almighty. Its kind of hard to believe but people do this all the time. They don't necessarily start trusting in beef but they do turn aside after deciding to trust in Jesus. 

The people, without considering the cost, said "All that the LORD hath spoken we will do." And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD. Exodus 19:8

Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]? 14:29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish [it], all that behold [it] begin to mock him, 14:30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

Making a commitment to the Lord is a life-long process. Consider the fact that this is something you will be doing for the rest of your days! Then take the plunge. The water is great!  


The Sabbath

 The Sabbath is a commandment of God given to Israel.  It initiated with the giving of the manna when Israel left their captivity in Egypt. It is fourth of the ten given to Moses at Mount Sinai. (The Decalogue) Originally set by God Himself when He rested from His work. Six days He worked to create things as we know them today. On the seventh day He rested. Genesis 2:3. The reason that He was able to rest was because everything was "good". Genesis 1:31. 

Then sin came on the scene. That wonderful rest was interrupted. Man fell. Fallen man is not able to rest! True rest was restored with the arrival of Jesus. Matthew 11:28. But the commandment to rest was given to the Jews at Mount Sinai. It was a sign between God and Israel. Is is a Jewish institution. 

The Mosaic law, rules and regulations, were put aside at the death of Christ. The New Testament has been revealed. Matthew 28:1. Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. Matthew 12:8. There is no rest apart from repentance and trusting in Him!

The Lord's Day or Sunday is in contrast to the Sabbath. It is a day to celebrate the new creation. This is a new Day with Christ as it's head. Matthew 27:51.

We can truly rest now every day because our relationship with the Father has been restored by His finished work at the cross. The true meaning of Sabbath Rest has been revealed!

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