They Shall All Know Me
Our text from Sunday was framed by the knowledge of the LORD. Exodus 5, which began with Pharaoh’s disparaging lack of acknowledgment, was met by a declaration in Exodus —not only Pharaoh but all of Egypt, would know who the LORD was. This week, Lord willing, we will see that Israel also needed to know who the LORD was (Exodus 10:1–2). The LORD’s commitment to making himself known did not stop with Israel and Egypt. As you prepare to hear from the Word on Sunday, spend some time meditating on Exodus 9:16 — ‘But for this purpose, I have raised you [Pharaoh] up, to show you my power so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.’ We must not miss the significance of the LORD’s commitment to making himself globally known. We are moving towards the day when the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14). The wonder of the new covenant is that all who trust in Jesus through faith and repentance will know the Father and the Son, which is eternal life (John 17:3). Hebrews 8:10–12 captures this well. Worship today over these words:
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people (Sound familiar? 🙂 ), And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ FOR (the reason why) they shall all know me from the least of them to the greatest. FOR (the reason why) I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!