Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How shall we then live?

Read Exodus 21-24

God provides both the requirements and the resources to live for Him.

Most news broadcasts on television and radio begin the same way.  First the top headlines are presented, followed by the details.  A similar approach may be seen here.  God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and now the details are explained in the ensuing chapters.

Notice the word "if" followed by "you".  If this is the case, then here is what you shall do about it.  These are written instructions for those who will judge such cases. 

1. The exclusive worship of God (20:22-26)
God will not share His glory or His worship with anyone or anything else.

2. The treatment of slaves (21:1-11)
Even in these unfortunate situations, often brought about by poverty, there had to be equitable treatment of these people.

3. Judgments concerning violence (21:12-25)
The administration of the death penalty is detailed for violence, especially premeditated murder.

4. Laws of personal restitution (22:1-15)
The people of God were to be good neighbors.

5. Laws of personal relationships (22:16-23:13)
Romans 13:8-"Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law."

6. Laws of Sabbath and three annual feasts (23:14-19)
Feast of Unleavened Bread-Passover
Feast of Harvest-Pentecost
Feast of Ingathering-"at the end"
Note that worship and giving to God are inseparable. 
"None shall appear before me empty-handed."  (v.15)
Their giving to God was not the left-overs, nor scattered to others in need as the person desired.  "The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God." (v.19)

This section of scripture concludes with God assigning an angel to go before them each step of the way (v.23).  God will certainly fulfill His promises and His plans for them and for us.

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