19:2 They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain.
19:3 Then Moses went up to God; the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites:
19:4 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
19:5 Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine,
19:6 but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.”
19:7 So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him.
19:8a The people all answered as one: “Everything that the LORD has spoken we will do.”
The Israelite’s had just gone through a long journey after their escape from Egypt. God had led them through hard and frightening times and now they were at a point in which they needed to be reminded of all that God has done for them. In the previous chapters, God was setting the stage of the covenant He was about to make to His people.
The Israelite’s had evaded their enslavement from the Egyptians and were rescued a second time at the Red Sea all due to the working and powerful hand of God. He had been with them each and every step and had was continuously providing for them. In this passage, God makes it a point to remind them of what He had done to the Egyptians for trying to destroy His people. He has proven that He his powerful and committed to bringing the best for His people and here in this passage, He makes a covenant to them that if they obey Him, they will forever be His “treasured possession” (verse 5).
It is a beautiful thing when we see how not only does God bring them this powerful promise, but also that the nation genuinely responds to this. The last verse sums up how each Christian aught to respond to God’s faithfulness in their lives. Scripture shows us countless times just how loving and powerful our God is towards His people. As His children, He is always working to bring about the best for us. Trust in His leading and plan for your life and rely on His faithfulness and steadfast love.
[Featured image is called “Moses on Mount Sinai” by Jean-Léon Jérôme. Jerome was a French artist who live around the turn of the 19th century.]