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June 27 – The Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt out of the house of slavery

“…giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered you from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:12-14 

Scripture reading: Exodus 20:1-17

Do you think of yourself as rescued? Perhaps you heard the Ten Commandments yesterday. At the start of the Decalogue, the LORD states why He has the right to call for obedience to His Law. He brought Israel out of Egypt. He rescued them from slavery. Have you been rescued from the house of slavery? Yes, you have.

In a passage that recalls Egyptian slavery, Paul wrote to the Colossians: “He, the Father, delivered us from the domain of darkness.” Before the Father rescued you, you were bound in sins. The hold of the evil one chained you in patterns of sin.

Israel kept on returning to Egypt in heart and action. An illustration of this is the time they made a golden calf to worship it. They remembered the sins of Egypt and the worship they’d seen there. They mimicked the Egyptians in defiance of their covenant allegiance to God. Though they’d been rescued from that slavery, they willingly returned to it.

It is true of you as well. Old sins easily assert their mastery. Unless the believer sees how blatantly he sinned before he was rescued and how readily he returns to this sin, he will think that Israel being brought up from the House of Slavery has no relevance to him. But if he is aware of how readily he can return to sin, he will look to the Father Who brought him up out of the Egypt of his sins, and by way of the Ten Commandments, he will live a life of thankfulness.

Suggestions for prayer

Whenever you see how your old sins so easily cling to you, honour and praise God for rescuing you; pray for your continued deliverance from sin and its effects.

Rev. Richard Vander Vaart served as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church of North America for over twenty years, before joining the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. He is now serving as the Atlantic Region prison-visiting pastor working with Redemption Prison Ministry. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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