Today in chapel, Dave Talley spoke. Now, he was not on the schedule, but was substituted at the last minute because the speaker had a family emergency. And what did Talley speak on? Yup, the phrase "know that I am the LORD".
Such is the inclusio. Funny thing, that. Here I am in the last semester, with my main area of interest being the people of God--as in "You will be my people and I will be your God"--and that very notion is the substance of this 'inclusio'.
I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
So, here are a few points I need to ponder:
- We are peopled because God is our God
- God wants his people to know who he is
- Our 'people-ness' is related to God's delivering us
- Who God is to us is communicated in the story of our deliverance
So, if there is one people of God by faith (believing Israel + believing church), what do the above points tell us about what it means to be the people of God?