Old Promise / New Promise // Main Street

This past Sunday in Main Street we concluded the second volume of the “What’s in the Bible?” curriculum. We have travelled from the beginning of the Bible in Genesis and have went to the end of Exodus. This curriculum goes quickly through the Bible. Every now and then we will pause and help the students cement some of the things we are learning (kind of slow down the process to make sure they are catching all that’s being thrown at them… it’s a lot, but they are doing really well!).

Here’s what we engaged with this past Sunday:

Second Half of Exodus

The Israelites (God’s special people) have left Egypt (miraculously through God’s power) and have been led by God (pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night) to Mt. Sinai (the mountain of God).

At the mountain the LORD gives the people the law (Torah) and their charter as a nation. In other words, this is when the “nation” of Israel is formed as a distinct people who are set apart (holy) for God’s purposes in the world.

“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole world is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:5-6 NIV).

This is where the LORD gives Moses and the Israelites the 10 commandments. Additionally, the LORD gives his people instructions on how to live in God’s kind of kingdom:

  • how to enter the Promised Land (land of Canaan)
  • how to live in the Promised Land
  • how to build a special tent for God (tabernacle)

The Israelites obeyed the LORD as instructed… for about a month. When Moses was up on the mountain with God, the people got restless. They thought he had died because he was up their for 40 days. So they decided to make themselves an image of the God they were following. Aaron instructed the people to turn in their gold and they fashioned a golden calf (like the gods of the Egyptians) and worshiped it. Not good.

Then the LORD gave instructions on how to build the tabernacle. For the first time since the garden of Eden, God was going to live among his people (in fulfillment of the promise to Abraham: “I will be with you”). All the sacrifices and ritual practices were created and sustained in order for a holy God to live among a sinful people.

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