The Preamble

 

 Exodus 20:2:

"And God spoke all these words saying: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."


Bold words are being spoken. This Being is declaring to Israel His exact identity. There are to be no misunderstandings. There is to be no confusion. The people called Israel, the ones who were enslaved in Egypt, the ones who are now sitting at the edge of the Mt. Sinai, this Being who is speaking, wants to make sure that they know, He is, the One, who led them out of Egypt; the One who led them out of slavery.


The scripture quoted above is the prelude to the Ten Commandments, but before we go on let the scene be set.


Exodus 19:1:

"In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Desert of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Israel camped there before the mountain."


Israel has been led out of Egypt. They are now waiting. They are free from bondage, but what does this new freedom mean. The Creator brought them to this point and to this place to do one thing; make a nation. A new nation was about to be placed upon this earth, His nation, the nation of Israel.


Exodus 19:6:

“‘And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you shall speak to the children Israel."


The Creator told them their purpose, gave them this opportunity, but before this could happen there was to be a bargain, a quid pro quo if you will.


Exodus 19:5:

"Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep my covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the Earth is mine."


If Israel would simply obey His voice and keep His covenants, then they would be a special people. This was the bargain, but before Israel could accept they had to know exactly who they were making a bargain with.  God did not want there to be any confusion.  He wanted to make it clear what they’re agreeing to and with whom they were making the agreement.


Exodus 19:4:

"You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself."


The Creator wanted them to know that it was He, and no other, they are making this deal with. Who is He? He is the One who did amazing signs and wonders in Egypt. He is the one who put them on eagle’s wings and led them to this place, His place. So what does all this have to do with the Gospel? I have said in previous writings that one of the purposes of these articles is to show that the things on this earth are a representation of the things which are in heaven. This physical is a shadow, an image, of the spiritual.


This ancient nation of Israel was a physical type, of the spiritual nation, the body of Christ, His church, which is now upon this earth, and by understanding the journey the physical nation went through, to get to their Kingdom, we, the spiritual nation of Israel, can understand the journey we must take, to enter our soon coming Kingdom.


1 Peter 2:9:

"But you are a chosen generation a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy."


The Creator has brought Ancient Israel to the foot of Mt Sinai to begin a nation. This brings us to the opening verse of this article. Before a nation can begin the people who are starting it must be a free people. A people under subjugation cannot begin a nation. They are prisoners of the nation they are in. Only a free people can begin a nation. Therefore before Israel can begin as a nation they must be declared free. There must be a "Declaration of Independence". A proclamation; a proclamation of emancipation stating these people are no longer slaves.


Let us look again at the opening verse with this context in mind.


Exodus 2:2:

"I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."


They have been brought out of slavery; they are now a free people. This opening scripture is their "Declaration of Independence", their “Emancipation Proclamation”.  they are now qualified to begin a nation. As with all nations the next step is a "Constitution", a body of laws which will guide the citizens of the nation as to the way they are to govern themselves. For the Israelites this began in the form of the "Ten Commandments".  Remember one of the conditions for nationhood was that Israel was to obey the Lords voice up listening and Israel had agreed to this.


Exodus 19:8:

“Then all the people answered together and said, ‘All that the Lord has spoken we will do.’ So Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord.


For the nation of Israel to begin they must obey the voice of God, and he is about to give them the preamble to their "Constitution"; the "Ten Commandments".


As the Israelites were a nation, God's people today are a nation, and just like the ancient one's, we are, at this moment, a nation without a homeland. The Israelites wandered the desert for forty years until they were given a homeland, but they were still a nation. We are, as they were; citizens of nation that has not yet been given its land. We are strangers in this world for we have not yet received the promise.


Speaking of the ancient Israelites it is written:


Hebrews 11:13-15:

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had the opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has a city prepared for them."


And for us today it is written;


1 John 3:1:

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him."


And also where it says;


John 15:19:

"If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."


We are as they were, a nation. A nation that is waiting for the promise of a Kingdom, and as a nation we also have made a bargain with the Creator. We have to obey His voice and keep His covenants.


Matthew 4:4:

".......It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."


Hebrews 8:15:

“‘For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,' says the Lord.’I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.' "


We also must be declared independent. We must have our own "Declaration of Independence".


Romans 6:17-18:

"But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered and having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness."


But doesn't this just continue us in a type of servitude? Aren't we just going from one type of bondage to another? The answer is a simple no.


2 Corinthians 3:17:

"Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."


Now being free we must set up a constitution. And what is our constitution, what are the laws we as a nation are to live by?


1 John 5:3:

"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments."


As the physical Israelites were to keep his commandments, we even as a spiritual nation freed from sin through grace are to keep His commandments.


Romans 6:15:

"What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!


1 John 3:4: {King James Version}

"Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."


John 14:21:

"He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to Him."


Just as the ancient Israelites were to keep the commandments, we, who are under grace, are instructed to do likewise. If we are to show we love Him we must. So it is with much enthusiasm that I will be writing a series of articles explaining our "Constitution". Any nation in which a person wants to become a citizen they must learn the constitution of that nation. The "Ten Commandments" are the preamble, the beginning.


For those who do not know, the Ten Commandments may be found in the book of Exodus, beginning in chapter 20 verse 3. It was as important to the Creator then, as it is now, that His people know who freed them, from both physical, and spiritual bondage.


 Hebrews 13:8:

“Yahoshua is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”


It is also as important to Him now, as it was then, that His people keep "His Commandments".


The Creator gave us His laws for a reason; they are laws of liberty not slavery. They are laws of love not evil.  They are the way we are to live now and in the coming kingdom. They are our "Constitution", our "Declaration of Independence". For we are no longer citizens of this earth, but strangers in a foreign land, waiting for our homeland to come.


As always dear reader I pray that this has in some way helped you to understand the destiny of His people and His plan for us all. So until next time please take care.


Peace