WHAT A CHOICE: FREEDOM OR SLAVERY!
Welcome back to our discussion on The Big 10. In the last blog article, I gave an overview about why God gives us guidelines (commands), to protect us and others. Now, let’s consider the context of Ten Commandments.
Do you how remember the people of Israel were captive in Egypt, made to work as slaves for hundreds of years. God miraculously intervened to free them, rescue them and lead them through the desert into Palestine, the Promised Land.
Here’s the introduction to the Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20:1-17), where God speaks to His people.
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”
This first verse sets the theme for The Big 10. From the outset of this passage, God clearly establishes who He is and who we, His followers, are.
· He is the all-powerful God with all authority over His creation. He is the God of Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the 12 sons of Israel. He is the God of all history.
· He not only is all-powerful, but He cares for His people. Just weeks prior to giving The Big Ten, God had done amazing things (miracles) to rescue them from oppression and slavery. He caused the plagues, held back the waters of the Nile, delivered them from Pharaoh’s pursuing army, and provided water and food (manna) for them in the desert.
Have you ever considered the parallels between the people of Israel and us? We have the opportunity to learn from Israel’s history of mistakes and doubts. We can do it differently!
1. Israel forgot history, how God had miraculously rescued them.
It’s amazing how easy it is for us to forget what God has done for us? What has God done in your past? How has He rescued you?
2. The people were reluctant to be rescued.
I really don’t like to admit I’m enslaved to anything. I’m reluctant to admit I need God’s help. What has enslaved you? Are there things that entrap you? Fears? Addictions?
3. They doubted God would deliver them.
Just like Israel, my doubts multiply when I forget that God is right here with me. What are your doubts?
4. They thought they knew better than God: they wanted to return to Egypt. Out of fear of the unknown, they were willing to return to slavery and bondage.
Just like the people of Israel, it is tempting to believe we know better, that reverting to the old pattern of doing things is somehow better than breaking the habits and trusting in God, because that means doing things differently, doing things His way. How are you tempted to revert back to old ways?
My encouragement to you today is to trust God and accept that He can be trusted, that His commands are good and protect and guide you, that He will give you the strength to follow Him, and that He will bless you.
I hope you join me today: let’s yield ourselves God’s authority, yield our reluctance and doubts to Him, knowing He is benevolent and good, that He knows what we need better than we do.
Have a great day on your journey from slavery to the Promised Land!