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Today we are continuing our series based on the book of Exodus, that reveals God’s concern for His people.
The series is titled “The God Who Reveals Himself in Times of Need”
Today we are discussing Sign Your Contract with God.
Exodus 19:5-6 (AMP)
5 Now therefore, if you will in fact obey My voice and keep My covenant (agreement), then you shall be My own special possession and treasure from among all peoples [of the world], for all the earth is Mine;
6 and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation [set apart for My purpose].’ These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.”
Contracts are important documents.
Business people know the importance of signing a contract.
Professional athletes also know the importance of a contract.
Technically speaking, a contract is an agreement between two parties.
Strangely enough we come to a section in Exodus, verses 19:1-24:18 that deals with God making a covenant, or contract, with Israel.
God led the people from Egypt to Sinai, where He made them an offer.
He wanted to negotiate a covenant.
If Israel accepted the covenant and its terms, they were bound to execute it.
To fail was to forfeit the covenant’s promises.
God desires a unique relationship with people.
Signing a contract with God is no small thing, for it means that we are entering into a covenant relationship with Him.
- In the covenant God discloses His character. (Exodus 19:1-25)
Before we enter into an agreement with another party, it is wise to know the character of the other person or people.
God wanted Israel to know the kind of God He was, therefore He disclosed Himself.
- God is good and kind.
The writer of Exodus gives an account of God as being good and kind.
Reflecting on the previous months in Israel’s life, the writer attributed goodness to God.
Exodus 19:4 (AMP)
4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself.
The writer described God’s goodness in terms of the tenderness of a mother eagle toward her young.
B. God is holy.
God also taught Israel about His holiness.
He had taught them abut His goodness.
Now He appeared on Mount Sinai and taught about His holiness.
Jehovah announced that He would come in a thick cloud on the mountain.
The mountain was to be sealed off from the people.
To touch the mountain would be fatal.
When God defended, thunder and lightning appeared.
When we enter into a covenant with God, the parties are not equals, as in a covenant between a king and his subjects.
God is different from us.
He is holy.
Human beings are to be subject to Him, they are not to bargain with Him.
2. In the covenant God stipulates his demands. (Exodus 20:1-17, 20:22-23:33)
Before you sign a contract, you should read all the demands.
Likewise, God wants us to know what He expects of us.
In Exodus 20:1-17 and 20:22-23:33, He stipulates His demands.
Read them carefully before you decide.
- God demands total allegiance toward Him.
In Exodus 20:1-17 we find the ten commandments.
In Exodus 20:22-23:33 we find a section of Scripture commonly called the book of the Covenant.
These two sections give intimate details of God’s demands within the covenant.
The first and foremost truth in both sections is that God demands total allegiance to Him.
God demands priority, “No other gods.”
God demands sovereignty, “No graven images.”
God demands sincerity when we enter into covenant with Him, “Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.”
God also demands sanctity, “Keep the sabbath day holy.”
B. God demands that we have respect for others.
The last six commandments deal with human relationships that come from a right relationship with God.
These demands call for honour of the home, reverence for another’s life, fidelity within marriage, freedom from theft, integrity of word, and freedom from envy.
The Book of the Covenant (Exodus 20:22-23:33) expands on God’s demand for the respect of others.
It deals with the humanitarian spirit, justice in human affairs, and the prevention of crime.
Before you sign your contract, notice God’s demands are twofold, total allegiance to Him and love for your neighbour as you love yourself.
3. As part of the covenant God ratifies a relationship. (Exodus 24:1-14).
When both parties agree on a contract, there is a signing.
Often this can be quite ceremonial, as, for example, when a sports player signs with a professional team.
God wanted a celebration when Israel agreed to obey Him and to be faithful to Him.
- God assures that He is a friend to people.
In ancient times, covenants were sealed by eating a meal together.
In Exodus 24:9-11 there is a record of eating a communal meal.
Exodus 24:9-11 (AMP)
9 Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up [the mountainside],
10 and they saw [a manifestation of] the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, just as clear as the sky itself.
11 Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the Israelites; and they saw [the manifestation of the presence of] God, and ate and drank.
God assured Israel that He was solemnly bound to them.
He would be their friend.
God loves people and wants to be their friend.
B. God pledges that His covenant is irrevocable.
In Exodus 24:3-8 there is a record of the covenant sealed with blood.
Through this symbolic act, God assured Israel that as long as He lived He would fulfil His side of the covenant.
Others may renounce their commitment, but God assures us that He will be constant.
When He makes a covenant, it is in blood.
He will remain forever true to His agreement.
God wants a unique relationship with you.
He makes His demands yet promises enormous dividends.
Sign your contract with Him today!
Until next time
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