Then he took the book of the covenant and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!” (Exodus 24:7, NASB)
God really wants us to recite and hear His Word.
What struck me about this particular verse however is the Israelites immediate decision to be obeidient to the Word. If you’re familiar with the stories of the Old Testament, you know the Israelites failed in keeping this promise many times, as we often do. What can we do if we fail to live up to God’s standards?
God’s answer is the covenant.
One definition of ‘covenant’ given in dictionary.com is “the agreement between God and the ancient Israelites, in which God promised to protect them if they kept His law and were faithful to Him.”
The Israelites obviously messed that one up.
We often mess up too.
But the beauty of God’s covenant is He sealed it with His Blood, the Blood of His Son Jesus. As a result, all penalties for failing to live up to the covenant standards written in His Book fell on Jesus over two thousand years ago. He bore the penalty for all. We receives the promises of the covenant by believing and confessing His Son as Lord and Savior over our lives.
Declaring His Lordship means He becomes Master over our lives. Absolving us of all the mess we’ve created as a result of our sinful nature and empowering us with His Holy Spirit so we can live a life pleasing to Him.
So, fill your thoughts with the Book of the Covenant (the Bible, that is).
And, repent and believe in His Son, Jesus (the One who frees us from the penalties of breaking the covenant and imparts us with His eternal life. His eternal life empowers us to fulfill His covenant and receive its benefits)
How did Jesus make this happen?
First: Jesus died. Acts 2:22, NASB says “this Man (Jesus), delivered over by the predetermined plan and forknowledge of God, you nailed to the cross by the hands of godless men who put Him to death”
Second: Jesus rose from the dead. Acts 2:24, NASB says “but God raised Him Jesus) from the dead, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”
Third: Jesus is presently exalted and seated at the right hand of the Father. Acts 2:33, NASB says “Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear”
What’s the next step?
First: Repent. The Greek word for repent is ‘metanoeo‘ and it literally means to “perceive afterwards, to change one’s mind or purpose and it always involves a change for the better.” The first step involves your personal decision to make Jesus Lord of your life. (Acts 2:38)
Second: Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord of your life and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved (Romans 10:9-10, paraphrased)
God empowers you with the gift of the Holy Spirit and you receive His eternal life. You then embark on the lifelong journey of growing in your faith. Following His leading enables you to grow.
That was a lot from one verse in Exodus but its invaluable truth. I first heard the gospel as an eleven year old at a flea market! One day, I sent up a random prayer to God asking Him why church was so boring, lol. He replied by sending someone my way to clearly lay out the gospel and give me an opportunity to make that decision for myself. Years later, that decision continues to shape my life.
As one added benefit, if you have a specific prayer request, I would like to personally pray for you. Send me an email at here with your request and I’ll add you to my prayer list!