Which book of the Bible would you nominate as the Most Valuable Book? The MVB award would be hotly contested for certain, however, Exodus should be a top contender. Genesis is extremely valuable. It tells us so much about God and man. It tells us about the origins of man and his fall, failure, and faith. You turn the pages through Exodus, though, and every story is an illustration of some powerful question asked within this wonderful book.
There are two very inciteful questions asked. The first is when Pharaoh asked, “Who is the Lord” (Exodus 5:2)? The second most significant question: “Is the Lord among us, or not” (Exodus 17:7)? The question seems absurd. When you remember what the Israelites have seen the God do for them, you almost want to scream through your Bible to them as if they could hear you. This question highlights a rather typical response man has to the wonderful and miraculous display of God. The dramatic events often are not more convincing of God’s presence and power. In fact, the dramatic and cataclysmic hardens hearts and stiffens necks. Is it not recorded in Revelation after the powerful pouring out of God’s wrath how men are not drawn to Him? Instead, “men blasphemed God because of the plague” (Revelation 16:21). The heart which is tuned to wisdom is ready to accept the reality of God’s presence even in the mundane.
The people asked, “Is the Lord among us,” as they gather manna each morning.
“Is the Lord among us,” as they drink from a rock.
“Is the Lord among us,” as they are led by the cloud of God’s presence.
“Is the Lord among us,” as they witness the miraculous accomplished by the rod of Moses.
We may tempt God by asking the same question. We may desire the fantastic display of God’s power and presence to soothe our mind. If you would simply see him in the mundane, you would appreciate his ever faithful presence.
Jesus said, “I am the bread of heaven” (John 6:49-50). God is among us.
Paul said the Israelites drank from the Rock which is Christ (1 Corinthians 10:14). God is among us.
We are told to seek guidance from a cloud of witnesses, but most imperatively look unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). God is among us.
He is the Rod of Jesse which championed our life! It is because of His miraculous presence in my life I now live for the cause of Christ. If someone can’t recognize God’s presence in the simple everyday ways, then they will never appreciate the profound promise. Do not waste your breath to remind them, “He hath said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee'” (Hebrews 13:5).