Read Exodus 20:1-21
And God spoke all these words:
‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
‘You shall have no other gods before me.
First Exodus (Deliverance) then Covenant (Law). The Law has its foundations in grace. The Law was never about the legalities of earning God’s acceptance. The Law was all about how to relate to God the King and how to relate to those around you. How to live with God in your midst. How to orientate your life with God at the centre.
After Exodus comes Torah: Leviticus (the book of holiness), Numbers (life In the Wilderness), Deuteronomy (the Covenant restated), books that outline what living in God’s story is like. Life under grace. Life in the Kingdom. Life of holiness…
“You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.” Lev 20:26
For more on Torah see Rev NT Wright here.
What was ‘The Tabernacle’ all about? Basically a tent, but so, so much more: A place of supreme holiness, A tent of meeting: Where God dwelt with His people, a place of sacrifice, a place of prayer, a place of God’s glory, a place of worship. A symbol that God’s Presence was with His People.
Today, How will you live under grace? How will God’s grace lead you to live a life of holiness?
Today, where are you tempted to earn God’s love and acceptance? Instead, what will you do to be aware of (and accept) His Presence, His Holy Spirit, in your life right here, right now?
What difference will this make in how you live life? How will you Be Holy? For more on this: listen here.