Sunday, February 7, 2016
Sunday, February 7th - Exodus 24 - 24 - Kelora
Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Exodus 22 - 24
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Exodus 25 - 27
Have you ever wondered why there are so many rules in life? I am sure that the Israelites thought the same thing. Chapters 22 and 23 in Exodus are rules that the Israelites are to follow. In my Life Application Bible it states that there are several objectives for having these rules which are “(1) to protect the nation, (2) to organize the nation, and (3) to focus the nation’s attention on God.” I think these laws were to keep order among the Israelites and to make things right when a law was broken.
I was reading a commentary that made me realize that motivation was taken into account throughout these laws although there were some exceptions as follows:
18 “Do not allow a sorceress to live.
19 “Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal is to be put to death.
20 “Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the Lord must be destroyed.[e]
As noted in the verses above, there were some things which God had no tolerance for no matter what the motivation was.
Another law reminds the Israelites to treat the widows and the poor with kindness and by disregarding this law the consequence is very severe. We are to help the less fortunate.
22 “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. 23 If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. 24 My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.
25 “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.
We don’t need to travel very far to see people around us that need our help and I believe that it doesn’t always have to be monetary. I have to remind myself to watch for moments that I can help and to be thankful for what we have.
In Chapter 24 Moses is called to see the Lord. What an amazing moment it must be for Moses to be able to speak with God.
After reading these chapters it reminded me that laws are in place for our good even if we don’t necessarily like them.