Holy Week (Week 6): Covenant People. At the start of Exodus, God remembers his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to make of them a great nation. After the golden calf incident, God renews the covenant and again instructs Moses on the building of the Tabernacle so He may dwell among them. Roughly 1,500 years later, He dwells among His people in the form of Jesus and makes a New Covenant, sealed by Jesus’ blood, with all people. This Holy Week, let us celebrate and give thanks for both the old and new covenants, for being freed from slavery to sin by our great and loving God!
Read: Exodus 34:1-10, Luke 22:14-22
Reflect: In both passages, notice how God is loving, forgiving, and also just. Moses asks God to forgive the stiff-necked people, and God does, renewing the covenant (again!). When Jesus pours the wine of the New Covenant, He calls out the traitor at the table, and in doing so acknowledges the need for His blood to seal that New Covenant with a sinful people. How have you felt the need of His sacrifice, given for you, for your own sin? How have you been stiff-necked? Make a list of your sins, and think how much you need forgiveness this Holy Week.
Write: Here or privately.
Recite: And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” Luke 22:20
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving your covenant people so much that you sent your Son to die for us. Seal in me a desire to worship you joyfully and share the triumphant message of salvation with the world. Amen.