This is what the Lord says; “Let my people go, so they can worship me.” (Exodus 8:1b NLT)
The statement “Let my people go, so they can worship me,” contains several important truths:
Truth #1 – There is no getting around the fact that the children of Israel are God’s chosen people and belong to him. Many places in the Scriptures God has spoken, “Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.” (Deut. 7:6b NLT)
This same truth can be said of those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. John the Apostle writes, “You didn’t choose me, I chose you.” (15:16 NLT) Again the Apostle Paul states: “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” (Eph. 1:4 NLT) The Apostle Peter affirms this when he says, “You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.” (1 Peter 2:9a NLT)
Truth #2 – When God gives a command to one of his creative beings he expects them to obey. This was certainly true of his creation of our first parents Adam and Eve. Unfortunately, both Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and the whole creation fell under God’s curse. It wasn’t long before the sin of disobedience was evidenced again in the murder of Abel by his brother Cain.
Obedience on the part of believers in Christ is an evidence of their faith.
Truth #3 – God’s sole desire in giving this command to Pharaoh was to allow the children of Israel time and a place to worship him. Israel needed to find out that worship was the key to their relationship with God. The same is true for believers in this present age.
As you contemplate your daily activities, don’t forget to plan a time for worship.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I know that worship is a top priority on your daily agenda. Help me make sure that I set aside a time for worship today.