Monday, April 03, 2017
Daily reading assignment: Exodus 1-4
21st century believers commit a grave error when they dismiss the significance and fundamental value of the Old Testament scriptures. I stated in an earlier devotion the foolishness of Christians who give even an inch of credence to preachers, teachers, or “scientists” who reject the fundamental facts and doctrines stated in the Book of Genesis. Allow one thread of truth to be pulled from the garment and you compromise the whole!
New Testament believers who dismiss the reading and study of the Old Testament scriptures display a similar ignorance when they reason Israel’s experiences during her sojourn through the wilderness hold no significance for 21st century believers. Writing to believers in Corinth, the apostle Paul exhorted, “bethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea…these things were our examples [pattern; i.e. something to be avoided], to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted” (1 Corinthians 10:1, 6). Winston Churchill reflected the same dire warning in a speech in the House of Commons in 1935 when he warned that body concerning the dangerous rise of Fascism in Europe and Asia before the start of World War II. In the words of author George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past [i.e. history] are condemned to repeat it.” (my use of this quote is not an endorsement of its author)
With that admonition in mind, we begin our study of the Book of Exodus, pondering not only its historical value, but also the spiritual lessons and insights we will gain in our study regarding the character of God who is holy, just, longsuffering, loving, gracious and faithful.
* I will post a devotional commentary on Exodus 1-4 later today.
Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith