The gods of Egypt were no match for the true God who freed ancient Israel so they could offer sacrifices and worship Him. God required male circumcision before Israel kept the Passover in the wilderness and again before entering the Promised Land. Today, we examine ourselves, repent and become circumcised of heart and spirit before taking the Passover. Despite God’s many miracles and interventions, Israel failed to become the model nation He wanted them to be. Today by true repentance and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God frees us from the penalty of sin. God performs spiritual miracles in our lives and asks us to offer spiritual sacrifices to Him. The Church of God is now that “model nation”, the true Israel of God commissioned to preach the Gospel to all nations and to bring all peoples to worship Him.
Before his retirement in 2021, Dr. Donald Ward pastored churches in Texas and Louisiana, and taught at Ambassador Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also served as chairman of the Council of Elders of the United Church of God. He holds a BS degree; a BA in theology; a MS degree; a doctor’s degree in education from East Texas State University; and has completed 18 hours of graduate theology from SMU.