Who has been a good example to you?


They made it! God brought the Hebrews out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, across the wilderness and 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. Mount Sinai is where God will make promises to his people.

Exodus 19:5-6 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; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’

What are the three promises God made to the Israelites at Mount Sinai? (you will be my treasured possession, you shall be my priests, you will be a holy nation). Why did God make all these promises to his 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? Nope. The Hebrews were slaves in need of being rescued. And in the wilderness all they ever did was complain and argue.

Remember, God doesn’t ever love anyone because they deserve it. And God doesn’t ever love one person more than any other person. God loves everyone exactly the same. And God loves everyone because he is good and because of his grace. So why did God make these promises? 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.

God didn’t send Jesus to us because we are so good. Quite the opposite. God sent Jesus because we will never be good enough. And God doesn’t love us because we are so special; we are so special because God loves us. And now with Jesus’ love inside of us, 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.


What is a way that your family can show kindness this week?


Jesus, because of you I belong to God. Help me be an example to others of your love and kindness today. Amen.

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