After the people are rescued from slavery, saved by God’s grace, God brings them to Mount Sinai where they will receive his teaching and instruction, the Torah (Law). This has sometimes been misunderstood, as if the people of the Old Testament saw the Law as the way to earn God’s favour or relationship with him. God makes clear that their relationship is established by his grace in redeeming them. The Torah is how they respond to that reality, living it out as a community in practice. The Torah is God’s gift to guide, protect, and bless his people.The Torah also has a missionary purpose – when the community lives out their relationship with the God who has saved them in practice, they will be a light to the nations. They are called to live differently, set apart, so as to make known the character and purposes of God.
Questions: How does God’s Word provide guidance for you to live out the relationship he has brought you into by grace? How might your community live out this relationship in practice in a way that points others to him?
Prayers: Holy God, you have saved us by your grace and there is nothing we can do to earn your favour. But you call us to live out our relationship with you in practice in ways that make who you are known to all. Continue to teach me what that looks like.