SALVATION: GOD’S LOVE FOR THE UNDESERVING
God, in spite of our sin, saves us. He forgives idolatry, overlooks failure, untangles our messes, and ultimately provides salvation… if we will just listen to Him and do what He says.
GRACE: FORGIVENESS WE DON’T DESERVE
God gives “unmerited favor” (grace) to us when we repent and seek Him. We never deserve it, but God gives it graciously through Christ.
MERCY: SPARED THE JUDGEMENT WE DESERVE
Just like the Israelites at the bottom of Mt. Sinai we all sin and deserve wrath. God spares us by pouring that wrath out on Jesus instead. Moses provides insight into how Jesus takes our penalty and gives us mercy.
SABBATH: FINDING REST IN A SINFUL WORLD
God provides rest for His People who obey His commands. We often attempt to find rest in many places that have nothing to do with God.
MEDIATOR: BRIDGE BETWEEN GOD AND MAN
Moses’s brother Aaron will be ordained as a priest in today’s passage, with the clear function of going between God and Man. This is an amazing glimpse ahead at the roll of Jesus our perfect Mediator.
INCARNATION: UNITING GOD AND HUMANITY
The division between God and Man that resulted from sin is overcome in Jesus. God and humanity are united physically in Christ’s body, as well as spiritually at the cross.
LAWS: HOW WE LOVE OTHERS
To fully understand the 10 Commandments and laws that clarify them we must look through the lens of love. Christians are called to love God and love others. Laws teach us how to faithfully love both God and others.
COMMANDMENTS: HOW GOD’S PEOPLE LIVE
God prescribes how how we are to live by covenanting with Moses (who represents the people). We can be a holy nation, and a kingdom of priests, if we live as God has taught us to live.
PROVISION: GOD PROVIDES FOR HIS PEOPLE
Learning to depend upon God to provide for us, rather than depending upon ourselves, our government, or our circumstances, leads us to greater faith.
PROVIDENCE: GOD’S WILL FOR OUR GOOD
God does amazing things for His people, though His will is often hidden to us, God’s will is always for His glory and our good.
REDEMPTION: GOD BRINGS LIFE THROUGH DEATH
God will use mass death in Egypt to bring life to Israel. In this way we see how God can redeem situations for His glory and our good. This essentially points us forward to the crucifixion and resurrection.