Day One: Rescue Before Culture Creation

Exodus 14:13, 21-22, 26-28 (NIV)Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

Exodus 20:1-3 (NIV)And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.”

Take a close look at the sequence of events in Exodus. Have you ever noticed that God rescued ancient Israel from the hands of the Egyptians before any laws or commands were given? Chapter 14 goes before Chapter 20. God’s gracious deliverance of his people through the Red Sea preceded his culture forming laws. According to the progression of Exodus, there’s no culture forming before having an act of God’s deliverance and grace first!

Just think about that. God saves you by his grace before he forms you into his culture! This is huge. This changes how we think about a lot of things. We often get that mixed up. We often think that we need to conform to God’s culture first as a means to God’s grace and deliverance. It’s actually the other way around. God rescues us in order to change us. This is good news! This is the gospel.

Spend time meditating on this truth: God rescued Israel from Egypt before giving his culture forming laws. Let’s that encourage you today. Let that free you today. Let that lead you to even greater love and surrender to our gracious loving Father.

– ES