What is an example? Who has been an example to you?
They made it!
God has brought the Hebrews out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, across the wilderness and has led them to Mount Sinai. Mount Sinai is where God appeared to Moses in the burning bush. Mount Sinai is where the Hebrew people will learn how to worship God and God will make great big promises to them.
Here’s a picture of Mount Sinai:
On top of Mount Sinai God made three great big promises to the Hebrews through Moses. Listen to what God said to Moses and see if you can hear the three big promises:
Exodus 19:3-6. 3 while Moses went up to God. The Lord called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
What was promise #1? You will be my treasured possession. God loves the people so much and wants to make them his own.
What was promise #2? you shall be priests. Do you know what a priest is? A priest is the person who helps others and prays for others. A priests shows people how to love and worship God. The Hebrews will be God’s priests.
What was promise #3? you will be a holy nation. The word “holy” means special, or different. The Hebrews will be God’s special people who will obey God.
Why did God make all these promises to the Hebrew people? Is it because he loves them more than he loves everyone else? Is God making the Hebrews special because they are the best people?
Remember the Hebrews weren’t the best. They were just slaves in need of being rescued. And in the wilderness all they ever did was complain and argue. They even wanted to judge God.
God doesn’t ever love anyone because they deserve it. And God doesn’t ever love one person or group more than he loves another person or group. God loves everyone exactly the same. And God loves everyone because he is good and because of his grace. God IS love.
So why did God choose to make these promises to the Hebrews? God chose to make the Hebrews his people, his priests, and his holy nation so that they could be an example to everyone else of how good, how kind, how loving, and how fair God is.
And the same is true for you and for me. God didn’t send Jesus to save us because we were so good. He sent Jesus to save us because even though we are so bad, God is so good and kind. And God didn’t choose to love us because we were so special. We are special because God chose to love us. And now, because God loves us and has forgiven us through Jesus, we can be an example to others of what God’s goodness, and kindness, and love, and fairness look like.
Because of Jesus God will be good to me even though I’m not good.
With Jesus I can be an example of God’s love and kindness.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Make a list of three ways your family can be an example to others of God’s love and kindness. Jesus called this being a light. Make sure you talk through how we will often fail at being an example. Jesus is the only perfect example of God’s love and kindness, and so we tell others about him.
Because of you I belong to God. Help me be an example to others of your love and kindness today.
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