Today’s reading is Exodus 19-20.

What an awesome sight and amazing experience coming to the mountain of God in Sinai must have been. The fire and smoke, thunder and lightning must have been awe-inspiring. The voice of God thundering must have been intense. And then the command and warning, “Do not touch God’s mountain lest you die.” So close to God, and yet so far. Then we remember what the Hebrew writer tells us in Hebrews 12:18-24. When we have come to Christ’s church, we have come to the mountain of God, but not to Sinai, to the new Mt. Zion. Not only can we touch it, we can dwell in it without fear of death. Why? Because Jesus died to bring us on to the mountain. Wow! As awe-inspiring and humbling as Sinai must have been, Zion is even  more so. Praise the Lord!

Monday’s reading is Exodus 21-22.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, “Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” Paul highlights this commandment in Ephesians 6:1-4, explaining it was the first of the commandments with a promise. The promise is not if you obey your parents, you will have a long earthly life. Rather, the promise is when the children among God’s people honor and obey their God-fearing parents, the nation will dwell securely in God’s Promised Land. The promise is when we establish a legacy of God-fearing obedience to those who direct us toward God, God’s people will dwell securely. Are you honoring and obeying your God-fearing parents? I know independence is the goal for so many in a new generation; and in a sense, that is great. However, don’t be so enamored with your own independence that you sacrifice your place in the legacy of His God-honoring, God-fearing kingdom that dwells securely now and in eternity.

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