That you may know

Everything that God does in creation, in history, everything He gives us in his word and through His son, He gives as a revelation of Himself. All of history, all of the law, all of His dealings with His people together show us who He is. Look how often in scripture we see, “that you may know that I am the LORD your God.” This is certainly a major theme in Exodus, but it is true of everything God does.

One danger is just seeing a small part of His revelation and then running off and building a false picture. This, of course, affects all of us because of our limited perspective, but we have been given the whole scripture for this reason. It is a lifetime of work, daily work, to eat this word and take it down into our inward parts and let it do its work in us, both individually and corporately. It is God who has given His word and it is He also who makes us able to receive it. So, we pray as we read that He would open our hearts and minds to receive what He has given.

Another serious danger is unfaithfulness. Just as a husband and wife should be expected to remain faithful to the covenant vows they give to one another, so God expects His people to be faithful to the covenant He has graciously made with us. When we raise up the work of our hands as something to give our devotion to, we are seeking satisfaction from other lovers. God is a jealous husband and will not have His bride defiled. He is always at work sanctifying and cleansing her by the washing of water with the word so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.



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