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Luke 22:7-20

Moses is my name. Yahweh is my God. Israel is my nationality. Being God’s spokesperson is my responsibility.

You may remember that God spoke to me once from a burning bush. He also told me many things to say to Pharaoh. But he said the most to me from Mt. Sinai.

The first thing God said from the holy mountain was probably the most important. It was about the covenant relationship: “You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. If you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession (Ex 19:5).

Unfortunately, it wasn’t long until the people built a golden calf and worshiped it. Incredibly, they gave credit to false gods for bringing them out of Egypt! It should have been obvious that the “if” of the covenant relationship was serious business. Apparently, they ignored it. And God responded appropriately, “Leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them that I may destroy them” (Ex 32:10). So much for being the “treasured possession.” (For the rest of the story, see Ex 32:11-35.)

The Israelites ignoring their part of the covenant relationship was especially grievous since even before the exodus out of Egypt God had demonstrated his grace in the most amazing way. It was a night of life and death. The angel of death “passed over.” No blood on the doorpost? Thousands of Egyptian firstborn died. Lots of blood on the doorpost? Thousands of Israelite firstborn lived. “When I see the blood, I will pass over you” (Ex 12:13). 

God created a memorial so the people would never forget what he had done. Passover: Lambs slaughtered. Blood splattered. Bread flattened (made without yeast: no time to let it rise in the rush to flee Egypt). “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you” (Ex 24:8).

Fast-forwarding, I am now speaking as the Moses of the New Testament. Jesus is my name. Yahweh is my Father. The people of the world, my ministry. 

You probably remember sermons I preached, parables I told, and many things I said. But those weren’t my words. “The Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it . . . whatever I say is just what the Father told me to say” (John 12:49-50). Being God’s spokesperson, like the Moses of the Old Testament, was my responsibility too.

One of the most important things I said was one of the last. It was the final time I was together with all the disciples. It was that night again—life and death. Passover. But not the same. It was back to the future. This time, the focus was not bread without yeast, but my flesh: “My body given for you” (Luke 22:19). This time, not the blood of a lamb, but my blood: The new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you (Luke 22:20). But beware: “Woe to the one who betrays me” (Luke 22:22). 

Now please don’t ignore the “if” of the new covenant: “If you hold to my teachings, then you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).

Life Application Questions

  • Is there always an “if” in our relationship with God? Note what God said to Abraham (see Gen 17:1-2). Does God have the right to expect our obedience? And if we don’t? 
  • The supreme act of worship is responding to who God is and what he has done. We do so on a daily basis by faithful obedience. We also do so by regularly remembering his body and blood sacrificed for us. Can we be true Christ-followers if we don’t?

~ dbs

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