After failing so fully by replacing God with the Golden Calf, the people of Israel faced two temptations: to believe that they were too far gone to come back to God and to believe that their lives would be safer if they moved forward with God at a distance.
This story teaches us the limits of God's grace - there are none! And it shows us that knowing God up close is where the richest life is found. Read More
No more than a month after they had received God's good instructions for how to live a life of love, the people of Israel forgot the Lord was the one good enough to rescue them, and they had replaced Him. But Moses couldn't give up on them; he wanted these people - these hard-headed people - to come to know the Lord like he did - to really know that the Lord was good. So after the people had turned away, when Moses stood and asked, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” he wasn’t calling to the perfect, to the people who had kept all the rules, to the people who had never struggled. No, he was offering a lifeline of grace to people who were in the midst of rebellion. Today, that lifeline of grace goes out again - no matter where you’ve been, no matter what you’ve done, no matter what you’ve replaced the Lord with. The Son of God has taken what you deserve so you can have another chance to know that the Lord is good. Read More
Israel received Ten Words from God to guide a life of love - words that still reverberate and shape the world today.
But when they heard the words, they missed the heart of God. When you hear these words, can you hear the heart of God beating for you? Read More
If you were invited to a meeting with God, what would you expect? A lot depends on who we think God is and what we think about ourselves. Do we think God mean or kind? Do we think ourselves worthless dirt or deserving, accomplished people?
Israel still knew little about themselves and little about God before this meeting. That was about to change. They come out of the meeting with their world forever changed - with a new job, a new benefits package, and a new boss. Read More