- God always makes good on past promises (1-2 w/3:22 and Gen 15:14).
- God always has a way of getting his people their back pay/justice (1-2).
- God can use pagans to support His people and build his kingdom (2 = The gold wb for God’s holy things and the tabernacle; e.g. Darius/Cyrus)
- God has been known to cause His people to have favor even with their enemies (3; Pro 16:7).
- The message that follows good riddance to God’s leaders is the curse of death (4-6 w/10:28-29).
- Death of Egypt’s firstborn versus the preservation of Israel’s firstborn = God proves He favors (or has given the divine birthright to) Israel NOT Egypt as those to receive His double inheritance (physical and spiritual blessing) (5-7 w/4:22-23).
- God can bring/sustain perfect peace and safety to His people though those around them may be in the midst of terrible tragedy and suffering (7).
- God’s leaders become righteously angry when they see people who are constantly hearing God’s Word/warning and instead constantly choose to rebel and destroy their lives (8).
- Terrible tragedy and suffering is often what it takes to get people w/hardened hearts to stop doing evil (8-10; Ecc 8:11; Isa 26:9).
- Our new/better/more significant birthday as Yawehists/Christians is the day we receive (“eat”) the blood of our Passover lamb (1-14, 24; “firstborn” death = death of our first birth in preparation for our second birthday or “beginning of months” to be kept as a perpetual memorial; This is the day of our baptism -the birthday celebrated by early Christians).
- The passover lamb wb: 1) enough to feed everyone in God’s house signifying God’s perfect provision for sin (3-4; Heb 10:14, 18), 2) w/o blemish signifying that the only kind of sacrifice that can take away our sin (5; Heb 9:14), 3) kept as a guest and killed in haste signifying the cost and effectiveness of God’s deliverance from sin (6-13; 1Pe 1:18-19), 4) a frequent reminder that God had merely passed over sin signifying that payment able to truly remove sin (or make us “unleavened” was still required) (14-20; 1Co 5:7), 5) a bloody house-painting party signifying that the house containing God’s people is a house covered in blood (21-23; Act 20:28; Heb 3:6).
- It is the realization that God has provided us w/deliverance from His just wrath that causes a person to worship Him (24-28).
- What you can expect from God: God does exactly what He says, exactly how He says He will do it, exactly when He says He will do it (29-42; Gen 15:13-14 versus Psa 10:11).
- The Lord’s Table is closed to those not in covenant – no exceptions (43-51).
- Perpetual symbolic remembrance of God’s sacrifice for our deliverance, requires also symbolic remembrance of our substitute (1-16 – “firstborn” = birthright; “redeem” = substitute; Jesus was God’s firstborn Son granting us sacrificial deliverance thru substitutionary redemption that was propitiatory to God – Rom 3:20-26).
- Bracelets and frontlets reminding us of the importance of God’s Law has been replaced by writing on the heart (9 w/Jer 31:33-34).
- God leads His people anticipating rather than violating, His peoples’ free-wills (17-18).
- Faithfulness to God includes honoring the promises/vows/traditions of God’s former saints (19-20; Heb 11:22).
- Signs that Jesus is leading a people/church: 1) He makes clear the way they should go (i.e. He doesn’t lead them thru confusion) (21), and 2) He does not forsake them (i.e. He doesn’t lead them into danger) (22) (1Co 10:1-4; e.g. of the opposite = a church where the teaching makes things confusing and the pastors are corrupt).
- Faithfulness has always been the “assurance”, “evidence” and “commendation” (confirmation) that we are on the path to heaven (the place we “hope for” yet “do not see”) (1-2).
- What faithfulness looks like: 1) believing in Creationism (3), 2) paying our tithe (4), 3) living like God exists and rewards those who who seek Him righteously (5-6; 2Ti 2:22), 4) a constructive fear of God and His warnings (7), 5) trusting obedience in God’s plan (8-10), 6) trusting obedience in God’s promises (11-16), 7) trusting obedience in God’s power (17-19), 8) changing previous protocol when God requires it (20-21), 9) staying committed to God’s mission no matter the time, courage, craziness, sacrifice, effort, persistence or risk required to accomplish it (22-31), 10) overcoming (32-38).
- The ultimate goal of the OT saints’ faithfulness (heaven) could not be realized apart from the better promise given to us under the NC – i.e. Jesus securing payment (or perfect) justification (ch.10) (39-40).
- Having so many great examples – including the perfect example of faithfulness in Jesus, should encourage us: 1) as to our own ability to be faithful (1-2), 2) to stop messing around w/sin and the shameful things of this world (1-2), 3) to consider that what awaits us is also worth it (2), 4) to endure hostility and suffering since this is how God trains us in righteousness/faithfulness and demonstrates us to be His children (3-13), 5) to realize that this really is what it takes if we are to be truly obtain God’s final grace (14-17).
- The mountain where we made covenant w/God is heavenly (not earthly like the OC – i.e. Sinai) and therefore a more serious threat awaits us if do not takes seriously our commitment to faithfulness (18-29).