9 ‘For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you. 10 You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new. 11 I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. 13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright.
God had just delivered the Israelites from their oppressors in Egypt. Now He had them where they could hear what He had to say, so He gives them this incredible promise. One of the greatest of these promises is that He will set His tabernacle, His place of dwelling, among them. In fact, we know that that very tabernacle was set up right in the middle of the Isrealites’ camp.
All that happened in those verses was a precursor, a sample of what God intended to do in our lives as believers and adopted children into God’s family. Here’s the really incredible thing about all this; not only does God dwell in the middle of our camp, He dwells inside us. We have God the Holy Spirit living inside us giving us the power, the will, even the very desire to love Him and obey His word.
God says something else of great significance in this passage: that He broke their bands of yoke. In other words, He broke the chains and shackles that were keeping them down and holding them in slavery. Today we have that same source of freedom in our lives if we choose to access it. God has broken the chains of sin and the shackles of our past that would seek to hold us back from the freedoms that are ours in Christ.
The key to that freedom not only lies within Jesus Christ and His gift of salvation, but it also lies with us, because it is you and I who choose to accept that freedom and then walk and live in it.
May God give each of us the understanding of all that He has made available to us for our living out of this adventure called the Christian life.