3 When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws,they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.”
7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.”
8 Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
Exodus 24:3, 7-8 (New International Version)
For the children of Israel in Exodus 24, this was their moment of truth. Moses came down from the mountain where he was communing with the Almighty and declared to Israel all the commands of God. The response from the people was amazing, for with one voice they declared that all that the Lord had commanded they would do. I can imagine that Moses was overjoyed by their response. Yet I wonder what God was thinking as He heard their words.
Say What You Will Do
The Lord must have been pleased to hear their profession to commit themselves to Him. However, the Lord looks beyond the words people speak and looks deeply into one’s heart and soul. In His heart, God may have said, “Okay my people, you say you will follow me, now it is time for you to prove it.” The Lord knew that it was one thing to say they will do something, but to do what they say is another matter.
Integrity: A Rare Quality
Integrity is a quality that is hard to find in a person. It is the ability of a person doing what they say they will do. For example, if a man says that they will stop eating unhealthy food, but is later found eating a fattening cheeseburger; that person has no integrity. On the other hand, if that same person is found eating healthy foods and exercising, then we can say that he is a man of integrity.
Were They Sincere?
Now as for Israel, due to our knowledge of the Bible, it is easy for us to condemn them as being without integrity; for even though they pledged to follow the Lord, time and time again in the Scriptures, we find the people forsaking the Lord’s commands and suffering the consequences for their actions. When Israel made their profession of faith, were they sincere in keeping their word?
I believe that Israel was sincere when they made their pledge to following God. Indeed, all of us, when we say that we are going to do something, mean what we say and are determined to follow it through. What causes Israel and us to fall short of our commitments?
Sin Makes Us Forget
The sin that dwells within us rebels against the idea of doing what is right; whether that be eating healthy or obeying the commands of the Lord. This rebellious spirit causes us all to forget our commitments and disobey. Only after this disobedience has run its course, do we remember our commitments and wallow in shame because of our weakness.
Keeping Our Integrity
What can we do to maintain our integrity and do what we say when it comes to doing what is right in the eyes of God? The answer is meditation and application in the Word of God. By meditation, I mean a thoughtful reading of the Bible; considering it words, asking questions, and praying over the things that the Lord would have us do according to His words. Once we have meditated on His commands, we must apply them daily to our lives. For example, if you read in the Bible that you must love your neighbor, you must show love and compassion to all you see who have need; regardless of who they are.
Pursue Integrity Daily
This daily exercise will subdue our sinful flesh and help us to remember our commitments to the Lord. This will not be an easy endeavor, however the Lord whom we serve will be with us every step of the way. Therefore, let us strive to maintain our godly integrity and practice what we preach.