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Devotion time in 1 Samuel

Devotion time is so precious in that God may focus you on the whole chapter, a paragraph, a sentence or maybe even one word! In my reading this week in 1 Samuel I was drawn to a phrase that appears throughout the entire Old Testament. It reads in a number of different ways but carries the same meaning. The phrase is "I brought them up from Egypt or I brought Israel up from Egypt." (1 Samuel 8:8, 1 Samuel 10:18) Why is this so important to the nation of Israel and why is God repeating it so often? In order to understand this we need to travel back in our Bibles to Genesis 12 where God gives Abram the following promise. It reads as follows;

Gen. 12:1 ¶ Now the LORD said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
Gen. 12:2 And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
Gen. 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

And then we see this promise made to Abraham being ratified by God in Genesis 15. When you read Genesis 15 notice the following; the promise God makes, the response that Abraham has, and then how Abraham knows God is going to do what He says. Allow me to draw you attention to two things; Genesis 15:17 as to how God sealed His promise. Second, Genesis 15:13 God said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. It is critical for us to understand that when God brings His people out of Egypt, which He tells to Abraham even before it happened, this is the sign that God is faithful to His covenant with Abraham.

At some point we will discuss in full the meaning of this covenant with Abraham and what it has to do with us as Gentiles. But for this devotion just keep in mind that whenever and wherever you find the phrase "brought them out of Egypt" I want you to think back to Genesis 12 and 15 and God's covenant with Abraham. This is not a covenant that God was obligated to make with Abraham. But as we will see later in our study of the attributes of God, once God says and commits then He is bound by the very essence of His character to do it. We serve a God that always does what He says! Even though we may be faithless at times He is always faithful. So as you read through the Old Testament historical narratives that cover from Genesis-Esther. You should continue to marvel at the fact that even though the people are rebellious, and often turn their backs on God that He remains faithful to not only bring them out from Egypt but into the land of Canaan. And why? just travel back again to the covenant with Abraham and be encouraged, for what God promises He always delivers!