Released from Bondage

Recently I was reading through the story of the rescue of the Israelites from Egypt. After being enslaved for four hundred years, they saw the miraculous intervention of God Almighty. Although Pharaoh was completely uncooperative, the Lord demonstrated that He didn’t need Pharaoh’s permission. Calamity after calamity decimated the land of Egypt. Crops, livestock, even many of the people were wiped out by the wrath of God. When Pharaoh finally gave his short-lived permission to allow the Israelites to leave, the land must have been desolate. The frogs, gnats, locusts, flies, and hail surely left the lush nation of Egypt barren and ugly.

Think back, though, to before the Hebrews left. When Moses and Aaron conveyed God’s message to Pharaoh, what was the reason for the requested departure? Do you remember the words He had them speak? The Lord said, “Let my people go so they may worship me in the wilderness.” The sum total of God’s rationale for them leaving was so they could worship Him. Almost every time Moses and Aaron went back to Pharaoh the words were repeated. “Let my people go so they may worship me.”

Based on this, I have to think that His people worshiping Him freely is pretty important to God.

So, what bondages keep you from worshiping Him freely and wholeheartedly? If God could miraculously release the Israelites from their bondage, could He do the same for you?

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One Response to Released from Bondage

  1. Beck Gambill says:

    Wow that’s a powerful truth! If we embrace that priority in our lives we will give God the permission to refine us to the point of free worship.

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