George's Bible Highlights - By Dale

The second passage highlighted in George's Bible is an interesting one. 

Nestled in Exodus, it comes just after the instructions to the people about the Harvest Festival, which we are just about to celebrate. God has just told the people that they must travel from wherever in Israel they are to gather together to worship Him three times a year. The place they later gathered was of course, the temple in Jerusalem - quite a long trip for those in the far north and south of the country! The risk of bandit attacks along the way (like the ones who attacked the traveller in story of the Good Samaritan) would have been very real to those who had to make these trips every year. 

And then comes this verse in Exodus 23:20

"Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared."

This verse is marvellous, because not only does it speak of God's protection for the journey, it speaks of his plan - a plan for a place in the promised land where He would dwell among his people, and they would worship him.

For the Israelites, who were not yet even in the promised land, this promise would encourage them in their wanderings - that God had not forgotten them, that what they were facing would not last forever, that they WOULD enter the promised land, that God would live among them in that land, that he would protect them wherever they settled - that their journey had a plan, had protection, and had a place for God.

I don't know what journey George was thinking about when he highlighted this verse - perhaps a literal one he was worrying about (George didn't really like to travel, but Pat did, and she made sure to take George with her when she went overseas!), perhaps a life journey that he was wrestling with. I wonder how God used it to speak to him as he sat meditating on this passage?

Perhaps God has a message for you as you read this blog.

"I am with you."

"I have a plan for you."

"I am going before you."

"I will protect you."

"We will get there together."