When God called the Israelites out of Egypt, He intended to lead them out of that worldly system into a new way of life. He wanted Israel to establish a new pattern—a godly lifestyle that submitted to God’s government and laws.
By Israel’s example, all other nations would be able to see firsthand the blessings that naturally result from following God’s laws. Israel, though, failed at this high calling. Rather than setting a righteous pattern for the rest of the world to follow, the Israelites followed after the world’s wicked pattern.