Re: Verse reading–Exodus 19:1-12, 16-22 (day one)
“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, ‘Go down, warn the people, so that they do not break through to the Lord to gaze, and many of them perish.”–v 21.
“And He gave some as apostles and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers.”—Ephesians 4:11.
One expression of God’s love for the church is to provide leadership. As Baptist Christ-followers, we believe in the “priesthood of the believer”. No priest is necessary in order for us to pray. This does not mean, however, that we do not NEED leaders to teach, strengthen, challenge, correct and warn us. (One mistake is to make TOO MUCH of leaders. The other is to make TOO LITTLE.) Moses is that faithful leader. He carries the words of God to the people. Hard words? Sometimes. Limits to personal freedom? Often. “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with great patience and instruction.”—2 Timothy 4:2.