Sunday, August 19, 2012

Exodus 16:15-19 Dependency on God

Exodus 16:15-19
15 So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: "Let every man gather it according to each one's need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent." 17 Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. 18 So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one’s need.

Notice that God through the manna provided for each person and their households needs. And as the rest of the passage reveals this was to be an ongoing dependency on Him. The same is true of salvation, God provides for us all through Jesus Christ His Son's crucifixion death and resurrection from the dead then His ascension back to the Father which precipitated the Holy Spirit's outpouring bringing to us all that we need for salvation. And so once we are saved from our sins and reconciled back to God; being brought back into a right relationship with Himself by our faith in the Lord Jesus, we are to remain dependent on Him, for all that we will continually need for our ongoing justification before Him, but also for our ongoing sanctification. For God does not wash away our sins by the blood of Christ, bring us to life by the Holy Spirit and then just let us go. He keeps us by His Spirit and His Son Jesus' Person and Word within us, not only in a relationship with Himself, but also He keeps us in His grace (as we trust and obey Him) providing for us all as each person's need arises. For though we earnestly desire to live righteous and holy lives we will all mess up at various points in our lives. And thus we will all have need of His ongoing Provisions in Christ as we journey homeward. Therefore let us always remember whom we know and love and how much His love is for us, because Jesus Christ is not only Savior of us all who believe in Him. He is our High Priest who ever lives to make intercession to God for us all who look only to Him (Heb 4:14-16; 7:25).
I don't know where you are at today? How close your feeling to God today? But if sin or something else has come between you and Him, take time to seek His face in prayer, to find and receive His mercies through the Intercessory work of the Lord Jesus Christ. For though we are chastised for a season (Prov 3:11-12). God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord is God who loves us and is willing to forgive us, when we come to Him in humility and honest confession about it. He will cleanse us of our sins and transgressions (Ps 99:8; 1 John 1:9). For there's no sin or shame that a that believer commits that Jesus Christ Himself has not already born in His own Body on the cross and thus atoned for, and is now willing to make intercession for, on our behalf, when we come to Him in humble and dependent repentance and faith towards Him (Matt 5:3).
Scripture Quotations
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982

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