Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 2, 2022

“take us as Your own possession” – “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION”

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 34:1-9.

“Now the LORD said to Moses, “Cut out for yourself two stone tablets like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered.  So be ready by morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to Me on the top of the mountain.  No man is to come up with you, nor let any man be seen anywhere on the mountain;  even the flocks and the herds may not graze in front of that mountain.”  So he cut out two stone tablets like the former ones, and Moses rose up early in the morning and went up to Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and he took two stone tablets in his hand.  The LORD descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the LORD.  Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;  who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin;  yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.  Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship.  He said, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession.”  Exodus 34:1-9.

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We remember the one central truth at the end of the previous chapter.  The LORD said: “…  I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”  Exodus 33:19.

And, we see that one central truth continue in how the LORD starts to describes Himself at the beginning of this chapter:  “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;  …”.  Verse 6.  

This is all the more noteworthy when we consider that the purpose of this encounter was to be the Law.  “Now the LORD said to Moses, “Cut out for yourself two stone tablets like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered.”  Verse 1.

And, Moses was focused on that one central truth in what he requested from the LORD.  “He said, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession.”  Verse 9.

Consider the following from the Canons of Dordt in Article 9 of the section titled FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination.  “… election is the fountain of every saving good;  from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal life itself, …”.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:28-32. 

“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, …” 1 Peter 2:9.


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