“There the Lord made a decree and a law for them. … He said, If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians”.
Ex 15:25, 26 NIV
The world is full of many voices. It is a marketplace where people try to sell their goods or services – and are eager to tell you all about them. There are voices keen to entertain you and tell you stories, some of them fact and some fiction. There are loud, strident voices trying to get your vote so that they can get power. Then there are ideas taking voice and trying to convince you they are right. Then there are chatterboxes who have nothing to say but talk all the same.
With a mighty act of God having just been performed the people of Israel needed to know what it was all about, and who this God of the miracle was. The exodus did more than just rescue the Israelites from slavery. It tied the grace of God and the obedience of the people to each other. They had not listened to God for centuries. Now they needed to because he was speaking to them both in deed and in word. He was very much a speaking God. And they were without much idea about how to behave. He demanded that in this crucial period of their life as a nation they should know who had liberated them and that he demanded of them rightful obedience and good behaviour.
Listen too, so that you hear God calling and commanding you.
Lord, let me listen amongst the many noises for your voice.