Why Did God Wait Until the Israelites Were in the Wilderness?

The Lord called Abram out of his homeland and later made a covenant with him (Genesis 12:1-3). The sign of this covenant was circumcision (Genesis 17). At this time, Abram became Abraham, the father of many nations.

This covenant was given before Jehovah ever gave the written Law to men. Abraham was counted as righteous because he believed God, thereby showing that the Law cannot save anyone.

The promise of a future redeemer that was laid out in the Garden could only be preserved by the Lord setting apart a society that would see their sinful ways and repent. They were to be a sign to other nations of who God Almighty was.

Four hundred years in Egypt had kept them in one place until they were grown into a nation. They lived in slavery and became numerous. The Holy One was ready to shape them into His representatives.

To set them apart, they needed to know what Heaven’s standard was. They had been surrounded by false gods in Egypt and would encounter more idols in the days ahead. They were to be holy. Israel would be the only nation on earth who served the living God.

Keeping the Law was so unattainable, the objective was to show people they couldn’t keep it. It was given so they would cry out to God for salvation.

Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. (Galatians 3:19)

We can see this in modern terms by looking at a speeding car. If there is no speed limit, there is no penalty for going too fast. However, going too fast can still kill a person. The car can exceed safe speeds without the driver being held accountable for it by getting a ticket or going to jail.

But the vehicle is still transgressing the laws of physics as the driver acts in ways that can get him or her killed or injured. Once a speed limit law is enacted, drivers will know if they transgress.

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10 thoughts on “Why Did God Wait Until the Israelites Were in the Wilderness?

  1. Yes CTN, the law makes us aware of sin. I like the Bible so much & I can see that you do too. Keep reading and studying and thanks again for sharing faith. (I would say that God gave law to Adam/Eve when he forbade eating from that middle tree.)

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    1. Perhaps she meant to say that Israel could not receive the law in Egypt because of the weight of Egypt’s distraction. The wilderness was quiet to a degree and reflective so that they would consider the differences between law and being without. God bless

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  2. Another great article of God’s love, grace and mercy. I am inspired by your writing. May The Holy Spirit continue to guide you as you continue to spread light to the world. This is the best work that anyone could engage in these times.

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  3. Great way of explaining the purpose of the law, which by man’s own strength can never be kept. We see this also in King David’s behavior, “a man after God’s own heart”. He couldn’t keep the law, committing adultery and then murder. One thing I take from here is not by my power or strength. I must depend solely on Jesus Christ to keep me. Romans 7:13-25 (one of my favorites) Paul writes that the law cannot keep one from sinning. However as you have written in the example of a speeding car, the law tells us that we have sinned. We have all driven above the speed limit, one way or another. LOL. May God bless and keep you.

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  4. Good thoughts. Love the speeding illustration. I think crucial is that the Covenant through Moses is still grace. God rescues his people not because they are law/covenant keepers -before they even can keep his law. This links to Paul on circumcision and Abraham in Romans 8. The law though is also about what it means for God’s people to live in his presence as they come into the land

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  5. A good question to ask, it’s good to learn some lessons from there and apply them in our todays world. This might be asked better:How God blessed his nation in the wilderness? What does it mean “patience of God” for Israelities ,that can help us today?
    Thanks for sharing.

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