For The Sake Of His Name Will He Do It

God is Love‬ ‭“And the Lord said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it: And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite: Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.” – Exodus‬ ‭33:1-3

The story of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt to the promise land is one that truly exposes the depths of God’s good and faithful character. He is a just God, true to His promises, no matter what. If God has promised it without condition then He will bring it about for the sake of His Name. His word will not return void, even if He sometimes wants it too.  Note how God says in the above mentioned passage that He will send an angel to go before them, but He will not go in the midst of them so that He would be less tempted (or provoked) to destroy them. It illustrates an interesting truth about this story, it is an account of God saving a people He doesn’t even like.

So then why did He put forth such effort to save them? They resisted Him, His will, and the good shepherds He placed over them at every opportunity. The Israelites were a hard congregation to deal with to say the least. They were ungrateful, disobedient, griped and complained continually, always wanting to do what they wanted to do regardless of what God or Moses said to do, they were selfish and prideful and God didn’t like them at all. So much so that in the previous chapter God actually wanted to kill them all, save Moses, but Moses interceded on their behalf and stayed God’s wrath. God gave them His written law and before Moses could even brake the tablets it was written on, they had broken it in their hearts, and in doing so, broke God’s heart as they broke His law.

So again, why did God do so much to save this people and see them to the Promised Land? Here’s a clue… The answer is in the question…. It was because God had made a promise and for the sake of upholding His Righteous Name, He honored it. In our opening passage we read that God had promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that He would give their descendants this land, therefor it was the Promised Land and God will always keep His promises.

Remember that God is not a man that He should lie, and His Word CAN NOT return void. If He has promised it, He will do it. If God was willing to honor His promises to a rebellious and stiff-necked people that He did not at all like, how much more will He honor His promises to you, a good and faithful servant?

Yes, it’s true, the prideful and selfish Israelites in this story were the very reason it took so long to reach the Promised Land, but it was reached none the less. You see God waited until they had all been weeded out and only their children remained with a select few faithful of the original group. A new, pure, and blessed congregation for a blessed land that God could once agin reside among, and thus God allowed the rebellious (those who had selfishly broken God’s law and heart) to suffer the consequences of their actions, while honoring His promise and blessing the faithful (those who had God’s law written on their  hearts)

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it: And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite: Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.” – Exodus‬ ‭33:1-3‬

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” – ‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31:31-33‬ ‭

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