Exodus 23,24; Matthew 28

One foot in the Old Testament, one in the New. It’s a promise woven through all time, to the end of the age. A promise of the Lord’s presence.

I love how God makes a way for the Israelites, to cover them in protection, to even give them advance warning of hardships and dangers. God is good. I think of his favor on the Israelites, how they got the head’s up, a direction, and a hint of the reward as they were setting out. A covenant is formed.

And Jesus, returned, telling his disciples to go and baptize, teach.

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b (NLT)

The disciples were also give a direction, (elsewhere) advance warning of hardships and dangers, and a promise of his presence.

Be sure.

He is with (us) always.

Even to the end … the end of the day, the end of the trial, the end of the age.

This is the reminder I need. Especially on the days when a trial’s end isn’t in sight, and fear fights for presence over faith. His word warns of persecution, hatred, difficulties for the believer, but he gives the hints of rewards too. His promise endures.

Thank you, God, for promises.

Courtney (66books365)

 

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3 responses to “Exodus 23,24; Matthew 28

  1. Matthew 28:20b has always been one of my favorite verses. It is one that God will remind me of when I am going through a hard time. Thank you for that reminder of His presence and His promises.

  2. A promise is only is good as the one giving it. I am grateful that our God is fully trustworthy to deliver on his promises.

  3. I love the way you describe having one foot in the Old and one foot in the New Testament. All those rich stories and adventures of man’s wrestling with God and God’s reaching into man’s life, forming, recreating, and illuminating – and it’s not fiction! What’s the point of having television? Reading the Bible is not just virtual reality, it is ancestry and my inheritance, and my experience as each utterance of God lifts off the page and settles into my spirit. You may not be able to fly like Superman after watching the movie, but you can soar on the wings of eagles after reading the Word of God!

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