19:1 On the third new moon after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they camped in the desert. There Israel camped before the mountain, 3 while Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “This is what you will say to the house of Jacob, and tell the sons of Israel: 4 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will really obey my voice and keep my covenant, you will be my treasured possession among all peoples, because all the earth is mine; 6 and you will be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you will speak to the sons of Israel.” 7 So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him. 8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the LORD.
invitation to holiness and outreach
This passage serves as the transition text – moving from the getting out of Egypt narratives to the remainder of Exodus. From now on, the focus is on getting Egypt out of the Israelites. In the first section, God moved in response to the outcry of the oppressed Israelites. Now, God sends the invitation. In essence, he says to his children “It’s your move now.”
- He invites his people to be holy – dedicated to him. He has made them a nation. Now he invites each person in that nation to be more. He is holy, and he desires for them that same attribute of character.
- He invites his people to a mission. Just as he called their father Abraham to be a blessing to the nations around him, now he invites the sons of Abraham to take up that great commission.
The Holy Spirit is given to believers so that we can accept both of these invitations. He will be there in us, so that we can become the sanctified saints that the Father wants us to be. He will also empower us to reach out to others whom God is calling to himself.
HOLY SPIRIT, we welcome you into our lives. Help us to respond to our Father’s invitation to be holy like him, and to reach out to others in his name.