VOW: Out of Bondage – Micah 6:4

Verse of the Week:

Indeed, I brought you up from the land of Egypt and ransomed you from the house of bondage (slavery)…
Micah 6:4a

Recently, in the weekly Bible study I attend online, we were discussing the Pentateuch – the first five books of the Bible. The main story in this part of the Bible is the exodus and the wilderness experience of the children of Israel.

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob brought them out of the house of bondage in Egypt with an out stretched arm. That made me think of the numerous times Yehovah reminded the Israelites of this throughout the Old Testament.

The Pentateuch was written between 1440 BC and 1400 BC. They were in the wilderness for 40 years, so the exodus could have taken place 40 years earlier maybe as early as 1480 BC. The book of Micah was written between 704 BC and 696 BC. And He was still reminding them of the loving miracle when He brought them out of Egypt 800-700 years earlier.

The children of Israel grumbled and did not trust Him once they got to the final leg of the journey (the first time) and were not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Once in the land they continued to forsake Him, and HE continued to remind them of this miraculous event.

Sometimes we do the same. Things may not be going the way we think they should. And we complain and cry – why is this happening to me.

You will find Yehovah reminding them of this event numerous times in the Bible: Joshua, Judges, Jeremiah, Amos, Micah to name a few. It was a big deal and He wanted them and their offspring to remember and behave accordingly – appreciative and obedient.

We need to stop and remember when God extended His out stretched arm and saved us from our life of bondage to sin – and be appreciative and obedient to Him. It should be enough for us.

Live out this week

Remember and thank your Heavenly Father and Yeshua (Jesus) for all the blessings in your life. If you just can’t think of any, thank Them for the gift of eternal life provided by Yeshua’s out stretched arms on the cross.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to be grateful for the blessings in my life both great and small. No problem is too great for You, and no blessing is too small to go unappreciated. Forgive me for my ungrateful complaining and help me to cultivate an appreciative heart. Thank you for your out stretched arm to me. In Yeshua’s name, Amen.


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