Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Yesterday I wrote to you about one of the “You talking to me?” moments in the life of Moses when he broke the tables of the Law and had to return to the mountain to face God again. In that series of events is one of the most beautiful illustrations of the New Covenant grace, compassion, and mercy of God that can be found in the Scriptures, and I need to share that with you.
When God called Moses to the mountain for the first time to receive the tables of the Law, already written, God Himself had done all the work. He had prepared the tables of stone, and with His Own finger, written the commandments into them. When Moses came to the mountain, he received the law, already written in stone, and ready for delivery to the people. Think of that. God placed those tables of stone into the hands of Moses. What a grand gesture of trust Father demonstrated to Moses.
But, alas, when Moses came down and found the children of Israel worshipping a golden calf, in his anger, he threw down the tables of stone, breaking them. Isn’t that just so absolutely human? We heard God’s Word, knew what it said, and even understood it, but in a moment of sudden emotion, fleshly desire, or simple soulish weakness, we threw down the law, breaking it. At that point, there is only ONE remedy. Repent, confess the sin, and return to God. Let’s examine that imagery more closely.
God gave the law to Israel, but Israel could not keep the law. They broke it. That first law came by the hand of God. But being broken by man, something had to happen. The second set of tables of the Law had to be written by Moses. The Law of the Old Covenant, broken by man, now had to be re-written by the work of a man. It what then that the Word of God had to become flesh, take on the form of a man, and go to the cross. That being done, when a Christian now breaks the Word, he has an advocate with the Father, Christ Jesus. And if we will run to him and confess the sin that separated us from fellowship with Father, Jesus is faithful and just to forgive our sin, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, returning us to right fellowship with Father. As one songwriter penned, “Oh, what a Savior!” What man could not do in himself, the Word becoming flesh, making Himself of no reputation, and being tempted in all points just like us, did for us. Once again, I declare, “Oh, what a Savior!” You may think, “You talking to me?” You can count on it, my friend. I’m talking to you!
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4