Second Monday of Advent: Israelites
Exodus 3:7–8 (NIV)
The Lord said, 'I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
On the second Monday of Advent, we remember the Israelites.
The ornament for today could be the symbol of Shaddai or a lamb.
The story of the Israelites is a significant part of the Old Testament narrative. After being led out of slavery in Egypt by Moses, the Israelites journeyed through the wilderness towards the Promised Land.
During their journey, the Israelites faced numerous challenges and difficulties. They often complained and rebelled against God and Moses, even though God continued to provide for them and guide them through His presence and miraculous signs.
Despite their disobedience, God remained faithful to His promises and continued to lead them towards the Promised Land. However, due to their lack of faith and obedience, the Israelites were forced to wander in the wilderness for forty years before they could enter the Promised Land.
From this story, we can learn several important lessons. Firstly, it teaches us about the consequences of disobedience and rebellion against God. The Israelites' lack of faith and obedience led to their prolonged journey in the wilderness and delayed entry into the Promised Land. It reminds us that our choices have consequences and that disobedience can hinder our progress towards God's purposes.
Furthermore, the story showcases the importance of leadership in guiding God's people towards His purposes. Moses and Joshua served as faithful leaders who followed God's guidance and led the Israelites towards the Promised Land. It reminds us that we can make a difference in the lives of others when we follow God's guidance and serve as faithful leaders.
Overall, the story of the Israelites teaches us about the consequences of disobedience, the importance of faith and obedience, the significance of perseverance and endurance, and the impact of leadership. It encourages us to trust in God's guidance, follow His commands, and persevere through challenges with His strength.
For further reading, check out Passover in Exodus 11–13.
Journey to the Sea in Exodus 14:1—15:21 and
Testing in the Desert in Exodus 15:22—17:16.