Thus says the Lord, “The people who survived the sword Found grace in the wilderness— Israel, when it went to find its rest.” Anyone who knows the story of the Exodus knows that once in the wilderness the people of God began to second guess His plan. Why? Because they too struggled with real grace. In the wilderness the people of God had to completely trust Him. They had to walk by faith every day, even with respect to their food and water. Were they just given these provisions with no expectation of action? No. There was an expectation of obedience in faith from the time they left to their eventual arrival. And this according to Jeremiah was grace afforded to them. If we look at The Bible for what grace actually means we start to see that our call to holiness in the New Testament (as redeemed people) is in fact the same grace as that afforded in the wilderness. God delivers us from the slavery of sin but He commands us to walk in obedient faith. We're never again to be entangled in that yoke of bondage.