Then God said:
You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.
What I did. How I carried. Brought you to myself.
It’s clear to me who is initiating, sustaining, and executing the action in this passage. As Covenant-Maker, God has set the rules of the arrangement and expects us to follow them. As He knows it is impossible for us to keep His perfect commands, He draws us, His priests, in towards Him through His perfect Son to perfect us.
And He carries us the whole way.
This passage reminded me that “God as the ever-living, ever-present, ever-acting One, who upholds all things by the word of His power, and in who all things exist, meant the relationship of His creatures to himself would be one of unceasing, absolute dependence” (Murray, Humility).
If I am to become one of His priests, to offer up a life of worship and sacrifice, I must rely wholly on His grace to prepare me for this service. If I am to be perfected, He must do it.