As we read through the Old Testament, a common reminder is that of the deliverance from Egyptian bondage. God’s people had been there for 400 years. They were in need of deliverance and the Living God provided it. When the time came, God raised up His servant Moses to lead Israel from bondage to journey toward the promised land. That deliverance became a marker of the past to remind the nation of God’s power to deliver. The LORD of such deliverance was their LORD; a truth to encourage them as they continued to serve Him. As God’s power had worked to bring the deliverance from Egypt, His power would work on their behalf, so long as they remained in their covenant relationship with Him. The deliverance from Egypt was an event; a monumental part of Israel’s history to be remembered. There is no question as to the significance of that deliverance in how God’s power and sovereignty were displayed in so many ways.
During the time of the prophet Jeremiah, the following declaration was made through him.
“(14) “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ (15) but ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers.”” (Jeremiah 16:14-15 ESV)
Certain events in history and the great milestones associated with one’s own personal heritage remain supremely significant until something of more significance occurs. There are times when a significant marker of the past is replaced by another to be kept in mind to encourage. Jeremiah declared such a change.
Being heirs of the promise of Abraham we could say that the deliverance from bondage in Egypt is a part of our history too. However, is that the deliverance we celebrate? Is that the MARKER OF THE PAST that stands out with powerful personal significance to us? How about the deliverance Jeremiah spoke of that was to be of such significance that it would supersede that of the deliverance from bondage in Egypt? Or is it some othermarker of the past? When we speak of our God and His power for life today, how would we continue the expression, “As the LORD lives who brought. . . . ”?
Lord willing we will note this further tomorrow. For now, meditate on the fact that the same God who was Israel’s Deliverer from bondage in Egypt (and whatever deliverance He spoke of through His prophet, Jeremiah) is the same God we serve today. Delivering His people is still a part of His great plan.
Have a great day ENCOURAGED BY GOD’S PROVISIONS OF THE PAST!
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