Scripture Reading: Exodus 3:12
Thanks for taking the time to go through this study of the book of Exodus with me. I’ve learned a lot from the story of how God set the Israelites free, and I hope you have, too.
As we close out our time together, I’d like to remind you of three key points from this study that apply directly to each of our lives.
1) God set the Israelites free so they could worship Him―and that’s the same reason He set you free, too.
This reason is stated throughout the book of Exodus, from the first time that God called to Moses from the burning bush: “When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain’ ” (Exodus 3:12b).
To the words Moses spoke to Pharaoh: “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me’ ” (Exodus 8:1b).
To the concluding scene of the entire book, when the glory of the Lord descended on the place the Israelites built to worship Him: “Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle” (Exodus 40:34).
To be truly free means to be able to worship God with your whole heart. If you can worship God with your whole heart, regardless of whatever else might be going on around you, you’re free! But if you can’t worship God in your heart, for whatever reason, you’re still in bondage, and God wants to set you free.
If that’s the case, you might want to review these lessons again to look for ideas to help you get fully free.
2) God helped the Israelites to stay free―and He wants to help you stay free, too.
God’s help included a system of rules to keep the Israelites, and each of us, from plunging back into bondage again. These rules are summarized in the Ten Commandments:
“You shall have no other gods before me…
You shall not make for yourself an idol…
You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God…
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy…
Honor your father and your mother…
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
You shall not covet…” (from Exodus 20:1-17).
Rather than restricting us, these rules free us to live the abundant life God has created us to live.
Again, if you’ve gotten free in the past, but are struggling to stay free now, you might want to review these lessons again for more insights on how to restore the freedom you once had.
3) God invited Moses to take part in His plan to set others free―just like God is inviting you to take part in it, too.
Hundreds of years before Moses was even born, God had a plan for setting the Israelites free. God told Abraham:
“Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions” (Genesis 15:14).
And that’s exactly what happened. God had a plan in mind for setting His people free, and He called on Moses to help Him with that plan.
God has a plan for setting others free, too, and He’s called on you and me to help Him with that plan.
What’s His plan? God knew that our sins would enslave us―and eventually kill us. So God sent Jesus, His Son, to die for our sins so we could be free to live with Him forever:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
After dying for our freedom, and rising again from the dead, Jesus asked His followers to do one more thing:
“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15).
He’s inviting you into His plan. Won’t you join Him?
Want to learn more? You can watch a podcast with more discussion about this topic below.