Exodus 24:3-8

During the Lenten season, members of Faith Lutheran Church have written our daily devotions.  Today’s writer is Denise Adams.


3Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, “All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.” 4And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and set up twelve pillars, corresponding to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5He sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed oxen as offerings of well-being to the Lord. 6Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he dashed against the altar. 7Then he took the book of the covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” 8Moses took the blood and dashed it on the people, and said, “See the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” Exodus 24:3-8


As I read this passage, I think about laws (rules) and promises.


Almost every day I have the opportunity to teach children about rules.  When one of the children “forgets” I remind them “rules are made to keep you and your friends safe”.  I ask them to try very hard to remember the rules so they are able to continue to play safely.  I tell them that they can come ask me if they forget the rules.  They often promise “not to do it again”.  Of course, this promise is most often broken.


The Israelites promised Moses that they would follow the Ten Commandments.   They also broke their promise.  God expects us to follow His rules as well.  God also expects that we will “forget”.  He tells us we can come to Him when we “forget” His rules.  He sent His Son to die for us that by His grace we will always be forgiven for “forgetting” His rules and breaking those promises.


As I continuously remind the children about the rules at school, God reminds us about His Laws and forgives us when we “forget” our promises.


Let us pray:  Dear God, thank you for your rules and for your forgiveness when we break our promise to follow them. Amen.


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