Tuesday, January 17, 2012

How wretched I am!

Exodus paints an amazing portrait of Gods nature and Character. It reminds humanity of how deep our sin is. It also reminds us how deep His grace is.

“And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

God does something for the Israelite's, that the Israelite's could not do for themselves. He delivers them from the bondage of the Egyptians, and makes for himself his own people in which he can have relationship with. He takes a bunch of stubborn, stiff necked slaves, and makes them sons in daughters. This Only a shadow pointing to what he is going to do thousands of years down the road in Jesus. In Exodus, God does something for his people that his people could not do for themselves; he delivers them from the bondage of slavery. But By the Gospel,God has done something in Christ that we could not do for ourselves. He has delivered wicked sinners from the bondage of sin(the true Pharaoh). He has done it. He has fought for us, he has won. It is finished.

This is amazing.God has truly done something for me that I could never do myself. In Christ, he has saved me. In Christ he has conquered sin, satan, death and hell. In Christ he has given me his righteousness, and taken my sin, shame and condemnation. He did it, Despite me.
Despite my failures, despite my success,despite my past, and despite my future. He has done it by his unmerited, electing, unconditional, and gracious love. Yet still I love sin more than I love him, still I love my pride and selfishness more than I love him, Still I love my glory more than I love his. How wretched I am! How flawed I am, and How dependent I am on his promise to finish what he completed, how dependent I am for him to change me, regenerate me, sanctify me.

Jesus is the true and better Passover lamb who by faith in his word, we are covered by his blood and the angel of death passes over us.
Jesus is the true and better Moses who stands in the gap between the people and the Lord and who mediates a new covenant
Jesus is the true and better rock of Moses, who by the striking of his body, came life to all who drank.
Jesus is the angel of God who stands between us and sin.
Jesus is the true and better veil, mercy seat, lamp stand, ark of the covenant...
If you read Exodus and do not see Jesus, read it again for you are not reading it correctly.

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