Week of February 3 - Day 4

Day 4 Read: Exodus 19:6; Matthew 27:1

and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”  

When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.

Reflect: What was God’s original plan for Israel? What was the result? What happened during that time?

Consider: This proposal made by God (My covenant) would give Israel an exalted position among the nations in view of their acceptance of God’s righteous standards. If they accepted and obeyed the covenant stipulations, God promised to make them His treasured possession (cf. Deut. 7:6; 14:2; 26:18; Ps. 135:4; Mal. 3:17). They would be His own people, highly valued by and related to Him. Also, they would become a kingdom of priests, that is, each member of the nation with God as his King would know and have access to Him and mediate on behalf of each other as did priests. Also, they would be a holy nation, a nation morally pure and dedicated entirely to the service of God. God redeemed Israel so that she might be in touch with and separated to Him.4

Respond: What can we as a church learn from this example? Individually? How do we guard against a similar plight?

4 John D. Hannah, “Exodus,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 138.