This chapter in Exodus calls to mind so many significant passages from the NT. I want to share some of them this morning.
Exodus 19:5-6 reminds me of all the excellent descriptions of the Church in 1 Peter 2:9-10. "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people."
Holy Father, thank You for Jesus. He is the only One who obeyed Your voice and kept Your covenant. Only because You placed me in Him is this description true of me.
Exodus 19:16-24 calls to mind Hebrews 12:18-24, which describes God's meeting with the Israelites on Mount Sinai. These verses give in vivid detail why the people rightly trembled before the LORD. The writer of Hebrews then tells believers that we have not come to Mount Sinai but to Mount Zion, "the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant."
Look for the names and descriptions of the Church in this passage like "The assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven."
Living God, what a great comparison between the old covenant and the new covenant. Thank You for the new covenant in Your blood. Thank You, Jesus, for spilling Your precious blood, so I too am included in the assembly of the firstborn.
This poem by James Montgomery (1771-1854) says it better than I ever could.
According to Thy Gracious Word
According to Thy gracious word, in meek humility,
this will I do, my dying Lord: I will remember Thee.
Thy body, broken for my sake, my bread from heav’n shall be;
Thy testamental cup I take, and thus remember Thee.
Gethsemane can I forget? Or there Thy conflict see,
Thine agony, and bloody sweat, And not remember Thee?
When to the cross I turn mine eyes and rest on Calvary,
O Lamb of God, my sacrifice, I must remember Thee—
Remember Thee and all Thy pains and all Thy love to me;
yea, while a breath, a pulse remains will I remember Thee.
And when these failing lips grow dumb and mind and mem’ry flee,
when you shalt in Thy kingdom come, Jesus, remember me.
2 Corinthians 7:8-12
Why would we as believers follow the pattern of church discipline Jesus gave in Matthew 18:15-17 and Paul exemplifies in 1 Corinthians 5? Paul gives his answer in this passage.
He admits mixed emotions about his stern letter. He did not regret being stern, yet he did because he knew it would cause pain to those he loved. God used his message to bring about Godly grief, which produces repentance that leads to salvation without regret causing Paul to rejoice. These were the precise results for which Paul had hoped and prayed. He followed God's instruction on how to deal with sin in the Church and trusted God with the results.
Gracious and Loving Father, may our love for You and Your children lead us to love as You instruct even with mixed emotions. May our trust in You be complete. Holy Spirit, You are the One who convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Please use our obedience to our Lord's instruction to produce repentance that leads to salvation in the lives of those we love.