“And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey, My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.'” Exodus 19:3-6
Have you ever noticed how God introduced the Ten Commandments? Before He spoke His laws to the people in Exodus 20, He took time to remind them of three vital truths:
- The love He had for them.
- The victories He had won for them.
- The future He planned for them.
God spoke about how He intended to bless Israel as His children, and He warned them of the boundaries to keep. Only then did He give them His commandments to obey. Do you see the genius of the sequence?
Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand. Before God demanded His people keep His rules, He reminded them of His relationship and blessings. That gave them all the incentive they needed to follow through on their commitment!
(Source: The Maxwell Leadership Bible)