Exodus 23-24, Matthew 20:1—16 • Key Verse: Exodus 24:3
The children of Israel had a phenomenal opportunity in the desert. True, they ultimately would be in the wilderness for 40 years, but at this point consider what was happening to them.
God had delivered them from Egypt and was leading them in an unmistakable way. Moses had received the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20), and Israel saw the glory of the Lord on top of the mountain. It looked like a consuming fire.
In chapter 24 the people responded to Moses’ instruction by saying, “Everything the Lord has said we will do” (v. 3). The next day, after offering sacrifices and reading the Book of the Covenant, the people again responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey” (v. 7).
Unfortunately, they were in it only for the short haul. Before 40 days had passed, they were worshiping a golden calf that was described as the gods who had brought Israel up out of Egypt (32:4).
Commitments are easier made than kept. One month of daily readings is almost concluded. Perhaps you are starting to waver on your commitment to read the Bible through this year. Don’t quit; stay in it for the long haul.
Help me, God, to be a person who keeps commitments, especially the ones made before You.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett