The Gospel: God’s Plan A

Though it’s true I’m in charge of laundry and spelling words and school folders and pancakes and the weekly menu and getting us where we need to be, when we need to be there. The truth is, I’m not really in charge.

Devotional Scripture: Exodus 6:1-9
Key Verse: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” Revelation 7:10

And neither is that cute guy who brings home the bacon. (Ha…literally.) The LORD is.

“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring…Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:13-15).

Which means, the pressure’s off, right? I’m merely a servant of the King. He’s the one calling the shots. Guiding the path of the faithful (and the unfaithful for that matter). Intricately weaving the details of life just so. Accomplishing his good and perfect will in my life and yours. (And all the people said “Amen!”)

Problem is, I tend to forget. And then I worry. Tying myself in knots because I just CAN’T SEE how it’s going to work out. Fretting as though there’s no great God, abundant in power, who’s near to all who call on Him in truth (Ps. 145:18). Whose kingdom is everlasting and “dominion endures throughout all generations” (Ps. 145:13). Thus, I quake at the enemy’s tactics.

And unfortunately, I’m not alone. Seems Moses, riled by Pharaoh’s unfair edict to make the Israelite’s gather their own straw, may have forgotten too. And as a result, he quaked and fretted and tied himself in knots.  So God graciously reminded him, “I am the LORD” (v. 2).

The one who appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The one who doesn’t forget a covenant. The one who heard the groaning of the people. And here’s what I’m going to do.

The LORD then gives seven “I will” statements that parallel our own story of redemption in Jesus Christ. Because God didn’t switch to plan B at some point. He didn’t get the Israelite’s out of Egypt only to realize they couldn’t keep the law after all.

He knew they couldn’t. He knew we couldn’t. Perfection’s not in the cards for any of us, and that’s what would be required to get to Heaven without Jesus. (Sorry universalism, but it ain’t gonna happen.)

And it’s OK. Because the LORD knew. He knew we’d never attain holiness apart from Him. He knew we’d forever fall short, yet desired to be with us anyway. (This the part that gets me every time.) So from the beginning – it was plan A.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins” (Rom. 3:23-25).

The blood of God’s own son was the answer. Every Old Testament sacrifice pointed to Him. Along with every detail of the Tabernacle. And the priests and their clothing. And the festivals held by the people. All of it pointed to Jesus.

Along with the Israelite’s story. Their rescue from bondage. Their need for a deliverer because they’d never get out of Egypt themselves. Thus, when God recapped the plan for Moses right there in the suffocating Egyptian climate, He recapped the gospel. Relating not just what He planned to do for the Israelite’s, but what He planned to do for us.

  1. I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians” (v. 6). It was all God! The Israelite’s had nothing to do with it. And neither do we. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44).
  1. I will deliver you from slavery” (v. 6). Mmhhmm, but not just them, us too. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1). “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2).
  1. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment” (v. 6). Yes, indeed! The greatest act of judgment ever done is Christ on the cross. When God “made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). With outstretched arms, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us – for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” (Gal. 3:13).
  1. I will take you to be my people” (v. 7). Forever and always His! Can you believe it? “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Gal. 4:4-5). Sheesh, that’s amazing!
  1. I will be your God” (v. 7). But not just their God, ours too. “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Rom. 8:15) “For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).
  1. I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob” (v. 8). Safe and secure one day we’ll be there too. For “he has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13).
  1. I will give it to you for a possession” (v. 8). Otherwise known as a big, beautiful, inheritance. “And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32).

He’s got it all under control my friend; always has and always will. “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (Revelation 7:10). So take a deep breath. Relax. And remember, it’s not us who’s in charge, it’s Jesus. And he’s not on plan B or C or D or Z. He’s still right on track – with plan A.

Contemplate and Evaluate:
How does Israel’s redemption from slavery parallel our own redemption story?
In what current situation do you need to remember God’s in charge, and not you? Rest in His sovereignty today friend. Just like your salvation, He’s 100% got it under control.

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