Scripture: Deuteronomy 5:1-21
Event/Theme: Israelites at Mt. Sinai
Symbol we use: An ornament depicting the 10 Commandments
Meditation: Before their encounter with the Living God, He was known as the God of a few individual men, "the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob". Now He becomes also the God of a people, the people of Israel. He rescues a group of slaves whose ancestors used to worship Him (how many of the slaves worshiped Him before leaving Egypt?), teaches them how to live according to His ways, and transforms them into a people known as His own.
God, in fact, doesn't interact with any human being without transforming us in some way. We can approach Him and enter into a covenant with Him, and be transformed in the process into a being that mere living humans would be tempted to worship, as C.S. Lewis described it, or we can hold Him as far away from ourselves and devolve naturally as untouched and untransformed by the Lord as possible. It's not easy to be transformed (or the Israelites would not have continued in the desert another 40 years), but the rewards are incredible. So what is your response today? Will you hold off the Lord and bear the consequences? Or will you approach Him, accept His covenant, and allow Him to transform you into a member of His people?
Jesse Tree Week 1: The Patriarchs
Sunday: Root of Jesse
Tuesday: Fall of Mankind
Jesse Tree Week 2: The Formation of a People Set Apart
Tuesday: Israelites at Mt. Sinai