Good evening y’all. Today we are looking at Exodus 23.
This chapter is a continuation of the laws God gave to Moses for the children of Israel.
Exodus 23: 1-12
While reading this chapter, I asked myself how would I have fared based on these instructions that God laid out for the children of Israel. Would I pass if I was to be judged based on those laws?
We could argue that those laws are old testament laws and therefore don’t apply to us (seeing as we are operating under the new covenant) but I realised that those laws were all summed up by Jesus in His teachings. This means they are still applicable to us today 🙂 . If we read Matthew chapter 5, we will see Jesus talking about the laws of Moses and how they apply to us. Infact in verse 17 of Matthew 5 He said:
“Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.(NLT)
I have listed out some of the instructions from verse 1-12:
– Don’t spread false rumours
– Don’t give false testimony against another
– Don’t follow the crowd to do wrong.
– If you find a lost item, return it back to the owner.
– Don’t walk away from people who require help
– Don’t cheat a poor person from what’s rightfully their’s just because they are poor
– Don’t sentence an innocent person
– Don’t take bribes
– Don’t oppress foreigners
Matthew 7: 12 says: “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.(NLT)
This verse rightly sums up everything we have been reading so far from chapter 21. If only we would treat others the same way we would have them treat us, the world would be a better place to live in.
So today, let’s examine ourselves using God’s word as the standard
Exodus 23: 20 – 33
God promises them his presence in the form of an angel. He wasn’t going to leave them alone to journey through the wilderness. (I love me some God 🙂 He’s always thinking about us and how to make life easy for us). The angel was going to protect them and lead them safely to the promised land.
If they obeyed and followed His instructions, there were benefits/blessings that they would enjoy such as:
– Deliverance from enemy
– Divine health
In like manner we can relate this to the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. God has given Him to us to help us on our journey here on earth. He is there to teach and guide us on how to live our lives.
“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you”.(John 14:16-17 NLT)
We are to obey the Holy Spirit and yield to His leading. That’s the only way we can be pleasing to God and enjoy the blessings He has for us.
Verses 24 and 25 reminds us that even though we are living in this world we are not of this world and so shouldn’t imitate the world or their ways of doing things.
“You must not worship the gods of these nations or serve them in any way or imitate their evil practices. Instead, you must utterly destroy them and smash their sacred pillars. “You must serve only the Lord your God…”(Exodus 23: 24-25a NLT)
This is also made clear in Romans 12:2
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”(Romans 12:2 NLT)
Let’s examine ourselves today. Colossians 3:1- 2 says
“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, then act like it. Pursue the things upon which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what Christ is doing — that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.”(MSG)
Let’s stop hiding under the blanket of grace. Its time to get up and start doing what is required of us. Shall we continue in sin and say grace abounds? God forbid!
Dear Lord we thank you for today. Thanks you for your word. Pls help us to live in obedience to all that you have commanded. Thank you Lord. In Jesus Name we have prayed.
Thanks for joining today.
Have a wonderful night 🙂
***With God all things are possible***