When God speaks, God reminds the [Israelites], “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” (Exod. 20:2).
The God whose presence shakes the mountain is the God who heard their cries when they were in slavery. The God who gives the commandments is the God who freed them from bondage and rescued them when they stood helpless beside the Red Sea. This is the God who, in an amazing act of unexpected grace, saves them when they find themselves utterly incapable of saving themselves.
—James A. Harnish, Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
—Exodus 20:2, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
And he shall reign for ever and ever.
King of kings forever and ever!
And Lord of lords forever and ever!
From Messiah by George Frideric Handel et al., 1685–1759.
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- Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9
- Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
- John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8
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