Bible Reading Blog — January 20, 2016

20 Jan

Today’s Readings — Exodus 20 & Mark 4:10-20

The beginning and end of Exodus chapter 20 is very interesting. Almost all of us know the basics of what comes in between; the Ten Commandments. But what comes before the Ten Commandments is very important. God prefaces His commandments with the phrase, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” So the foundation of all the commandments is God’s great salvation of Israel. In other words, the law does not come before grace but it is the very grace Israel has received, the very relationship they have been called into, which provides the context for the law they receive.

But on the other end of the chapter we find God on the mountain in darkness and smoke and thunder and the people tremble at the sights and sounds (Ex. 20:18-21). We see in this chapter two aspects of God; His abundant grace and His awesome holiness. We also see a God who pours out His heart and spells out His plan while at the same time He is shrouded in mystery and is so different from His creatures.

God of grace, God of truth, God of mystery.

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