Resolve: “a resolution or determination made, as to follow some course of action; firmness of purpose or intent; determination.”
Did you hear His Resolve? Exodus 23 is not up for discussion; it is determined. We do not hear the language of “maybe”, “perhaps” or “if.” His Resolve towards His people is firm; He has determined “you shall.” But His Resolve is not merely toward the children of Israel. He is unchanging, all His ways are immutable and He has set forth His Resolve for Himself, “I will” …His people shall and He will.
Consider His Resolve
- His Resolve: His people are to engage in community as His image bearers in truth, righteousness, impartiality, mercy and justice. (23:1-9)
- His Resolve: His people must rest from their work and honor His Sabbath. (23:10-13)
- His Resolve: His people are to celebrate feasts to honor Him. (23:14-19)
- His Resolve: He will guard His people and drive out and destroy the enemy. (23:20, 23)
- His Resolve: His people are to follow and serve Him in obedience. (23:21-22)
- His Resolve: His people are to be fruitful and take possession of the land. (23:30-31)
- His Resolve: His people are to have no alignment whatsoever with the enemy. (23:32-33)
How do we respond to His Resolve?
Remembering His Resolve is not up for debate, let us prayerfully and humbly commit to unite ourselves with Him in His Resolve.
- It is His Resolve that we resemble Him: We are to bear His image and live our lives in a manner worthy of His calling.
- “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace… and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth,” (Ephesians 4:1-3, 24).
- It is His Resolve that we rest in Him for salvation: We cannot work to attain righteousness; we must rest from our futile works and by faith enter His Sabbath rest.
- “For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,” (Romans 4:2-5) .
- “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,” (Matthew 11:28-29 .
- “So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His,” (Hebrews 4:9-10).
- It is His Resolve that we celebrate His provision: His feasts of the Old Testament are prophetic pictures of the work of Christ to be commemorated by believers:
- The Feast of Unleavened Bread commemorates His sinless life: “You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin,” (1 John 3:5);
- The Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits commemorates His Resurrection: “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep,” (1 Corinthians 15:20);
- The Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year commemorates His faithfulness to gather His harvest of those who will come to Him through faith: “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also,” (John 14:2-3).
- It is His Resolve that we depend on His power: We have no power to drive out the enemy; we must rely solely on Him and the weapons of His warfare.
- “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses,” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).
- “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm,” (Ephesians 6:10-13).
- It is His Resolve that we submit in obedience: Obedience brings blessing, but in reality obedience is not an option; it is a most natural response birthed out of love for our great and merciful Savior.
- “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock,” (Matthew 7:24-25).
- “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments,” (John 14:15).
- It is His Resolve that we be fruitful and take hold of His promises: As we depend upon His power and obey His wisdom we will bear fruit and press on toward the goal.
- “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy,” (James 3:17).
- “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 3:12-14 NIV).
- It is His Resolve that we live in total allegiance to Him alone: Let us diligently guard our lives so as not to align ourselves with the deeds of the enemy.
- “Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them,” (Colossians 3:5).
- “The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts,” (Romans 13:12-14).