Deliverance, Law, Presence
A few weeks ago, we thought about the importance of order — deliverance, law, and presence. It can never be said enough that order matters. It makes all the difference in the world that salvation comes before the law and not the other way around. The gospel is precisely good news because deliverance comes before the law. Obedience to God’s commandments is not a prerequisite to enjoying God’s salvation. What about the order between law and presence? Does that matter that law comes before presence? Can we switch presence with the law? Exodus makes the case that just like deliverance and law would suffer from a change in order, so would law and presence. Pastor Toph gave us a much-needed reminder of the Lord’s desire to be with his people. Let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell in their midst (Exodus 25:8) On Sunday, Lord willing, Pastor John is going to walk us through the devastating consequence of Israel’s disobedience. To what should utterly shock us, Israel, even at the base of the mountain where the Lord showed off his glory, broke the law and worshipped the idol golden calf. The result of this egregious sin was that the Lord threatened to remove his presence from the people. We will see that the Lord cannot dwell amid disobedience. Law necessarily comes before presence because the Lord is a holy God. Spend some time this week and consider how it is that we can enjoy God’s presence first through the perfect sacrificial obedience of Jesus. May the Spirit give us fresh eyes to marvel that we can have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is through his flesh (Hebrews 10:19–20).