Exodus

Chapter 23

"Laws as to Man. [1 - 9]"
"God: Laws of His Worship. [10 - 19]"
"God: Worship (Canaanites and Commands). [20 - 33]"


This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location
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Exodus 23:1 "Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness."

God is telling us not to join in with a crowd or group movement when you know that what that group stands for is just not true and not according to His Word. No matter what the cost, never bear false witness, and swear falsely by your words or your actions. When you do you are placing yourself under the wicked one, who is Satan. Be right in what you say and those things you are witness to.

Exodus 23:2 "Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neighter shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:"

It doesn't matter how many people swear to something that is not true, you are not to speak on any matter at any time to change a judgment to something that is not true. A good example of this is in the case of a jury trial; for no matter how many people swear to a matter, if you know the witness is not a true honest person, you can not accept that information in your judgment when you know the information is tainted. Don't align yourself in or with an evil cause to divert justice. Our generation today likes to follow the crowd and the easiest way out, most people accept what the multitude says, even when those causes are evil. It is the same with the teaching of Father's Word, and planting of seeds of truth in your witnessing; in these end times most all churches would rather stick to their traditions and doctrines that go against the Word of God, than to follow the truth. So don't pervert judgment, that which is right or just by false swearing, such as in a jury trial.

Exodus 23:3 "Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause."

What this is saying in the Hebrew text is; "Don't show compassion to an unjust cause. Just because a man is poor and outspoken, and cries out for all to hear, if the man did something wrong, let him face the punishment for his actions. So don't let your countenance light up and give compassion where it is not justified: It should not justly be given. Those people with their bleeding hearts seem to lose common sense when they hear a poor man cry out for help, after that person has been caught in the act as a crook. Don't feel sorry for one that deserves justice for his actions. A crook is a crook and an unjust cause is an unjust cause. Learn to see both when they are before you. The Bible is the standard for the standard that we set. Don't let a righteous man be offended at the cost of a poor man's weeping.

This position of a poor thief with a unjust cause is one of the most difficult points to get over to the Christian community today. Most Christians today are so wrapped up in their traditional thoughts from men's imaginations that they have no idea what God's position on these matters are. Don't let men walk all over you, and they turn the other cheek to have it done again to you. You only turn the other cheek when you are doing as Christ was, in teaching others to go out to spread the gospel of God's Word into the world. When you are teaching the Word and the person is offended and slaps you, that is when you turn the other cheek. They slap you because of their own ignorance in the Word. But if it is an enemy, then you correct him just like the one you love. Sure have compassion, but don't let your tender heart that goes out to others be trampled upon by some crook.

Exodus 23:4 "If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again."

It just doesn't matter what problems there are between you and your neighbor, if you see his ox or donkey out of it's pen, and chasing around, God is telling you to do something about it. Call and let him know his animals are on the loose. You help that neighbor out and it will break down those hard feelings between the two of you.

Exodus 23:5 "If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him."

If you see a person that is considered an enemy of your, and he has loaded himself to the point that he or she can see no was out of their situation; God is telling us not to just walk on by. It doesn't matter if he even hates you, and the feeling is mutual on your part. Give the man or woman help. In this case it is dealing with a man that has overloaded his donkey, and the donkey is lying on the ground under the heavy weight. God is instructing us to help the man get the load off the donkey, and then reload to were the man and his ass can get on their way. The Christian's willingness to help those that do not help like them is what changes communities for the better. That enemy that hated you, will have a change of heart, and may open to the seeds of truth from God's Word that you plant as you are helping that person. Know also that you may get overloaded also in your workload and will need somebody to step in and give a hand. So this law is full of just plain common sense.

Exodus 23:6 "Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause."

In verse three it stated that if you are on a jury giving a judgment when the man is guilty and cries out for his cause; don't allow yourself to overlook the just judgment in the case, just because the individual is poor, or needy. However, here it is stating that just because the man is poor and needy, don't take that just judgment away from the poor man or woman when he is a just person. Don't allow his or her appearance to distract you from the right judgment. No matter what the jury or the community says, if the man is right, he is right and that is what your judgment should be. God is addressing this to any person that is elected or appointed to a position to give judgment on another person, whether as a judge, juror, at city hall, or in an office of some agency of the government. If God placed you in a position to pass judgment on another person, He expects you, by His law, to be fair and honest in your decisions. Don't let that person's position in the community have a bearing on your right judgment of that person.

Exodus 23:7 "Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked."

If you take away the right judgment from the poor in his cause, in God's eyes you have committed the same act that you are charging that individual of doing. If the act was for murder, and your false testimony has send an innocent man to his death, than you have partaken in murder also, if the man was truly innocent. If you bear false witness in a case and and a just man is wrongly found guilty, than God holds you as the guilty one for murder also in the courts of heaven, where true justice is upheld. You have just committed judicial murder.

No, you will not get away with allowing an innocent and righteous person to be punished because of your bigotry, and high mindedness. On the other hand, when you sit on a jury and you let a man that has committed a murder, and you know absolutely that he is the murderer, and you let him get away with it; Then you are partakers in that act right along with the murderer. No murderer gets away with anything, for the real court case is in heaven at the throne of God. His records are true, and complete, for he can see right into your mind and know your very thoughts. On judgment day, you may think that you are one of the best Christians in the world, but if you have participated in Judicial murder, God is waiting for you, just as he is waiting for that murderer's soul to be sent to him. If you with hold the revenge for that murder, then you will pay for it just as much as the murderer. Expect it, for righteous judgment will come on you. Sure we have our little courts here on earth, but the real court is in heaven.

Exodus 23:8 "And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous."

We must be set in our mind that we will not be perverted in taking a bribe while sitting in a place of judgment. In the world today, the government and courts are full of people that will accept a gift, and allow that bribe to affect their judgment. God is telling you that if you give a gift or take a bribe, He doesn't like your sin. This applies to the fixing of a jury, giving a favorable decision when it is not called for, or getting a favor done for you when it should not be given. Sure, you may get away with it here on earth, but not where it counts in heaven. The point here is that; "You did not get away with anything." Watch out, for if you do such a thing, your life will fall apart immediately, for God won't wait for judgment day to bring his sentence down on you.

By God's law and doing the right thing, God will make you successful. God takes care of those that follow His laws and ways. God gave us His ten commandments to follow in our lives here on earth, and all of these general laws are part of those ten commandments. These general laws from the Commandments then govern man's relationships to the people that are around him in the community and nation. They also govern how God expects us to relate and respect Him, as our Father and creator. God takes all of his laws seriously, and He expects you to do so also. This is why a man or woman's reputation is the most valuable thing that he or she has in this life here on earth, and before the throne of God.

Exodus 23:9 "Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt."

God is telling you not to suppress a stranger by your laws. An example of this is a police officer giving tickets to those that are not of your community, or nation. Another example would be to charge much more to a stranger for work done for him, than is the going rate in the community. God is reminding us of all those hardships that were given to the Children of Israel while in bondage down in Egypt. We are to be as fair under law with strangers, foreigners not of our land, as we would with our neighbor next door. God is telling you that if you twist the law, then He will see to it that your life will be twisted also.

The subject of these laws are now going to change to "God, and our worship of Him".

Exodus 23:10 "And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof:"

This verse is part of the agriculture laws, and there is such a thing as sabbatical year of the soil. You can work the soil for six years, and then by God's law, the land is to be laid to rest for one year. Many farmers divide the land to where a certain part of their land is not planted each seventh year. Therefore there shall always be crops, and you are doing it God's way. When it is done this way, it even produces a lot more. When you do it this way, and crops are bigger and better, you didn't just discover it, for it is part of God's law, and again just common sense. God is telling us to let our land rest every seven years.

Today the thinking is that you don't need to follow the law of the Sabbath for the land, because you can compensate by adding chemicals to the soil, and it will give you an increase in production. By doing this you will wring out any good that was left in the soil over a matter of time. Try doing it God's way and see how He blesses you.

Exodus 23:11 "But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard."

Don't put a plow to the land in that seventh year. This is how the poor people would sustain themselves, in the use of that field for that sabbatical year. On that seventh year you will let the poor take what the vineyard and oliveyard produces. However time has changed things and we must make certain adjustments in our planning for this sabbatical year. This is why it becomes important to divide the land into units, so each year one part of the land can be left to rest. Most farmers have learned to rotate crops and land.

Exodus 23:12 "Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed."

The reason that you will rest, is to give your livestock rest also on that seventh day. The Sabbath was made for man, and not God. Jesus said in Mark 2:27 - 28 "And He said unto them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath." Flesh man needs that one day of rest out of each week. That one day allows for both his mental and physical state to rebuild and get ready for the week to come. It also gives us a day to meditate on our Father Word and to view back on the prior week and lood forward to the coming week. God is showing us how to be successful in our work and in our life, and these rest times are important to everyone.

Exodus 23:13 "And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth."

This law goes direct to the first Commandment of God, Exodus 20:2 and 3: "I am the Lord thy god, Which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me." This is something that we should take very seriously, to not give God just one day a week Christian. Each day should be the same for God, to be lived and thought of as God's day. The ways God is giving us to follow are just as important any day of the week as they would be on a Saturday or Sunday, depending which day you set aside to worship. God is telling us that He just doesn't want to hear you talking about holding one day over another in a favorable sense. "Make no mention of the name of other gods," in other words don't even stop to compare them to Me. We have a very jealous Father and He just will not stand for it. God created all thing, so what ever you would worship other than God, would be part of the Creation.

God gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross, and when you mock Him or His Son, He is not pleased with you.

Revelation 4:11 "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created."

You were created for one thing, to give pleasure to God. Are you giving Him pleasure in the things that you are doing and saying. This verse then is part of the first commandment.

Exodus 23:14 "Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto Me in the year."

At this time, there are three times that we have seen from the book of Exodus that the children of Israel are to keep this feast unto God.

Exodus 23:15 "Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before Me empty:)"

Keep in mind that the Old Testament is our school master for this time of grace that we live under today. The things that is talked about here, Paul tells us that these things are only a shadow of that that was to come. Colossians 2:16, 17; "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days:" [16] "Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." [17]

"Unleavened bread" is bread without yeast, and yeast was symbolic of sin, and God did not want you to eat bread that had sin in it. When our lord Jesus Christ went to the cross and shed His blood for you and I and all that would believe on His name, then this feast day was a shadow of the bread of life. Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life, and we partake of that Bread when we take Communion. When you claim to be a Christian then the Communion is the first things that became important in your life. So I ask you, why would you as a Christian set out to follow this feast day of old? That feast day would take place on in the month of Abib, and we call it the feast of Passover today. Our Passover in these end times is Jesus Christ, and on this important day, we celebrate the victory that we have in Christ, through the cross. There are three times of the year that you are to stop and look around your home, and get sin out of your home. We do that by taking in Christ, the only unleavened bread that is acceptable, and put Christ as the center of your home.

Today many clean their homes and scrub it down to get every last piece of yeast out of their home, yet at the same time, they leave those filthy magazines on the table, let the television blare out all forms of cursing of God, and think nothing about it. Friend, those that are biblically illiterate will never figure out what this law is all about. They just can not separate the shadow of things to come, from the real thing Christ, that has already come. To put any value to following these laws of the three feast days, and discard the cross is next to blasphemy to God. These three days were fulfilled in the cross of Christ, Jesus became our Passover when He went to the cross. I Corinthians 5:7; "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened, For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:" Yes, people follow the old customs and go against the teachings of the New Testament, and they do it in the name of God. Christ became our Passover, and He is the unleavened bread, so two of the feast days are lumped together in our taking of the communion, the Passover table.

Exodus 23:16 "And the feast of harvest, the first fruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field."

Jesus Christ is our firstfruit as well as our Passover, and all Christians had better know that. Friend, God doesn't want your burnt offerings any more, He wants your love. You sacrifice your love to Him.

Exodus 23:17 "Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before The Lord God."

Three times a year God holds all males responsible to Him, and they must give account of themselves three times a year.

Exodus 23:18 "Thou shalt not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning."

The fat should not be taken by anyone, for the fat of the animal is poison. God said that the fat belongs to me, you can eat the meat flesh of the sacrifice, but not the fat. If you eat the fat of the animal you will be sickly. This applies to all fat, not just the fat of the sacrificed animal. Of course there is no more need for sacrifice for any animal, for the price has been paid for one and all times. Paul tells us in Hebrews 10:5 - 10, that Christ came in the volume of the entire book, to do the will of God the Father. "Above when He said, "Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin Thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein;" which are of the Law." [8] "Then said He, "Lo I come to do Thy will, O God." He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second." [9] God took away the first, the sacrifice of the blood of animals, so that he could establish the second, the salvation that we have by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Hebrews 5:10 "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."

When we take the communion cup and bread we take it in remembrance of our Lord's sacrifice on the cross. Our Heavenly Father made a covenant with us when He sent the Holy Spirit to witness to our souls. This witness is given in Hebrews 10:16, 17; "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord; I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them: And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more."

Exodus 23:19 "The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seeth a kid in his mother's milk."

This verse has bothered many bible scholars, but this verse, "Thou shalt not seeth a kid in his mother's milk" has to do with the very law of nature itself. It is a custom of making the mother guilty in the kids death. This is called double jeopardy; for not only are you taking the kid from the mother for your meal, but you are using that mother's milk to cook her own kid in. God is telling you that that is not right. This process has to do with morals with respect to nature itself and as it applies to man, and God is telling you not to rub salt in the wound of someone that has been offended. God has established certain laws of nature between any mother to it's child, man or animal, and we are to respect all of those laws. Most people just don't understand this relationship, but it is close to God's heart. God is using this relationship between the kid and the mother cow to remind us of our relationship to mother and child.

Exodus 23:20 "Behold, I send an angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared."

This is a promise by God to His people, and it is just as good today as it was then. God is promising each of us an angel to go before us to keep us in the way of His Word. He will bring us into the place that He has prepared for you and I to be in. Remember when this was written, the children of Israel were at the foot of Mt. Sinai, and God is going to send this angel to bring them into this place in the promise land that He has prepared for these Israelites. This angel is God's angel.

Exodus 23:21 "Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for My name is in him."

Beware of this angel, and obey his voice. The angel of the Lord was none other than the Lord Himself, for He was there with them, speaking to them, and making His presence felt by all. God was in the pillar of fire by night, and in the cloud by day to protect the Israelites. God in person was there to guide and direct His children. Keep in mind that God is in a different dimension than we are in, and your soul has to be dead to enter that dimension.

In reality today, God has made this same promise to you and I today, that "if we obey His voice, and provoke Him not: He will pardon our transgressions, as Christ's name is in our hearts and minds." Jesus promised us that He would never leave thee nor forsake thee, and that is exactly what this promise to the children of Israel was as they camped at the foot of Sinai, ready to continue their journey. When Jesus is with you, and His Spirit is in you, Satan can not mess over you.

Luke 10:18 - 19 "And He said unto them, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."

The serpents are Satan's kids, the Kenites, while the scorpions are the fallen angels that shall be here on earth in the latter days. Jesus is telling us that He will give you power over all of your enemies both physically and spiritually when you are obedient to His Word, and listen to his voice through His Holy Spirit, and follow His way. The law is the law, and if you want God's blessings in your life, you will pay attention to God's warning to you through His laws and Commandments. Your obedience to God's laws and commandments is the key to success.

Exodus 23:22 "But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries."

Though God is in a different dimension than the children of Israel in their flesh bodies, but He still speaks through his prophets, like Moses, Daniel and the rest of them. There is a old traditional thought that says that if a man looks at the face of God, he will be dead. That is true, in a sense, for his soul would have left his flesh body, and his soul and spirit will have gone to be with the Lord. Here God has sent His angel ot be with the children of Israel continually in their passage back to the promise land. God has spoken by His Spirit through the prophets, and when our Lord talks to us, He expects His children to follow His instructions. This promise here then is not only for Moses' day, but it is good also for you and I, for when we obey His instructions to us through His Word, then our enemies become God's enemies also, and our adversaries are also His. Think of the peace of mind that this gives us, for we know that our Lord has His angels watching over us all the time.

Exodus 23:23 "For Mine angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off."

There were still some of the children of the fallen angels among the Perizzites and Canaanites. God is promising the children of Israel that if they will follow the instructions of "Mine angel" then I will take care of all six of these nations that are still living in the land that you will possess. Sure God has talked directly to the people, and the earth shook, the lightning and storms were fierce, and the people were scared. Yet Moses is about to ascend up on mount Sinai to receive the Commandments written in stone. Before Moses and the children of Israel go into the holy land, they will send their spies into the land, and the reports of the land will scare the people again. God has just told the people that these people are truly there, but before they can get there, He will go in and clear all six of these nations out of the promise land. "I will go before thee, and I will take care of it." Did the children of Israel believe God?

Do you believe God when He makes a promise to you from His Word? When you pray about something before the fact, do you have the faith to believe that God will go before you? God will take care of His own, but doubt will cause you to make up all sorts of trouble in your mind. That is what happened here, when the ten spies went out, they got spooked and came back with all sorts of fabricated untrue stories. If God makes a promise to you and you meet the conditions of that promise, He will give it to you.

Exodus 23:24 "Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images."

Our God is a jealous God, and He will have nothing to do with anyone that will provoke him by worshipping another god. Our heavenly Father is the creator of all things, and when you set anything up beside God to worship, you are worshipping God creation instead of the Creator. You were set here on earth to give God pleasure. God owns everything, and what you have is God's but He has given it to you to use. You don't have a soul to give to God, for God made it and He owns it right from the start. Every thing in your house and at your job is God's, as everything on the face of this earth is owned and controlled by our heavenly Father. God expects your worship to Him, and for you to get those things in your life that are not of God, out of your life. The point is that you do not worship any other thing or god or image.

Exodus 23:25 "And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee."

Sure God will take away the sickness as long as you follow His health laws. Today many Christians say that the health laws do not pertain to us any more. However, when you see the scavengers that they delight themselves in, it is no wonder that so many are in poor physical health today. How in the world can you eat creatures that eat dead rotting flesh, and all kinds of poisons, and not expect those things of filth to get into your blood stream also. God told us through His health laws, which we will be covering later, what we can eat and what to stay away from to maintain good physical heath.

The "Bread, and thy water", as given in this verse is symbolic of all kinds of foods and drink. It is figurative of many kinds of species that are on the list of good foods to eat and drink. If you know what creatures are good to eat, why would you want to eat some animal, fish or bird that God has told you personally through His Word to stay away from. If you throw out God health laws, then expect to be sickly and full of pain and problems; and when you do, don't blame God for your own foolishness. God is saying that He will see to it that if you will follow His health laws, He will always see to it that you will never be in want for good food to eat.

Exodus 23:26 "There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil."

This is a promise from God that if they will follow the health laws, their young will be born healthy, and there will be no barren woman in the land; and the people will live a full and long life. Keep in mind that this was before the start of the forty year journey through the wilderness. There will be many times when these Children of Israel will turn their backs to God's advise to them, and His food and health laws. In fact it will be only a matter of weeks when all the people, including Aaron the priest will be melting down their gold into a golden calf, and all the people worshipping that image. How can a group of people be so forgetful of their God that opened the Red sea, and allowed them to walk through on dry ground. In fact most of the tribes of Israel today don't even know who they are or where they came from. They call Satan's kids of God, and God's children Gentiles, or heathen. It was foretold that this would happen in Hosea 1:10, and in that we are in the end times, it becomes understandable why there is a famine for the truths of God's Word.

Amos 8:11 "Behold the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:"

This is the famine that Jesus spoke of in Mark 13:8 and Matthew 24:7. This famine is not for food or drink but for hearing the truths from God's Word. Is it any wonder that most Christians think that the health food laws are over and done with, for we are living in the time of the end and that famine is everywhere around us. Church systems and traditions have replaced the True Word of God, and the famine is going strong. We are going into a spiritual battle like this world has never seen before, for Satan and his entire army of fallen angels will be here on earth living with and interacting with flesh men and women. Can you imagine going to war with only babies that are weaned on their milk bottles? That is what is going to happen spiritually, for those things that are taught today in church houses is nothing but milk

Amos 8:12 "And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it."

All Christians except God elect and those sealed in their minds with the truth of God's Word will fall into Satan's trap and God will allow it to happen, as we are told in Revelation 9:4, 5. In Zechariah 8:23 we are told how they will even grab hold of the Kenites, the Jews skirt to find the true word, but it just will not be found. This famine is well under way.

Amos 8:13 "In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst."

Remember that "thirst" mean "hearing the Word of God". It just is not taught in most all church houses today. Most Christians today are not preparing themselves for battle, spiritual battle, but for flying into Satan's arms. Their rapture doctrine puts up a false sense of security that is just an image, a figment of their imagination that God has warned us against in Ezekiel 13:18 -21.

No, just like their forefathers there at the base of mount Sinai, that will turn and run to their golden calf when Moses ascends to the mount, Christians today are going to hop on Satan's first flight to his bed when he arrives at the sixth trumpet. These Israelites were in the wilderness without water, and God had Moses to tap on the stone, and out came all the water that the people could want or need. Yet, in only a few days, they have forgotten all of the miracles and blessings that God had given to them. They had the pillar of fire by night and the cloud by day to show the way and give them comfort, yet they relied on their own traditions from Egypt, rather than trust God. And here after they even talked with God, they still wondered if their was a God.

No we have not seen the Red sea part or the pillar of fire over us, but we do have the warmth of the Holy Spirit within us, and the comfort of His Spirit when we are in the depth of our troubles here in our day. Sure, we have the assurance from His Word and His promises that He is truly with us in our journey through these end times. We do know that our Heavenly Father is real, and Jesus blood on the cross does cover all of our sins.

Exodus 23:27 "I will send My fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee."

This verse is a guarantee from God to the children of Israel, that if they would follow God's ways and keep His commandments and laws, then this protection would be give to them. God told them that when you follow God instructions, then your enemies will always run from you. This is no secret, for it is just as true today as it was in Moses' day. It is God's promise to you to that He will protect you from your enemies.

Exodus 23:28 "And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite,, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee."

Our Heavenly Father created all things and He controls all things. God will use the natural order of things to fulfill His promises and Word. Here God told the children of Israel that He was going to use hornets to drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and they will be gone before you can get into the promise land.

Exodus 23:29 "I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee."

God is letting the Israelites know that these peoples will not be driven out until they are ready to move into the land, and take over the land. So they will be there when those twelve spies come into the land to spy it out. The ten false spies should have remembered this promise when they brought back their false report and gave it to Moses. Sure these peoples were still there and God said that they would be there until the Israelites moved into the land. God was going to allow these other nations to stay there and maintain the land to keep it from getting to run down, and over run with wild animals. It take good people to till the land and keep it in good shape.

Exodus 23:30 "By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land."

God is saying that until you get there with sufficient numbers to maintain the land, I am going to allow these nations to stay there and maintain the land for you. God will only give you what you can take care of, for if you have to much, you get careless, and other take it from you.

Exodus 23:31 "And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee."

God is telling the children of Israel the boundaries of their new land, and that land will run from the Red sea to the south, to the Mediterranean, or Philistines sea to the west. The east bound will be the desert of Arabia, to the Euphrates River to the north. So the promise land went from the Mediterranean sea to Babylon, from the desert to the Red sea. Remember that God told the Israelites that when you go in they will turn their backs and run from you, but it required the Israelites to move into the land in the first place. Did they. No, they listened to false reports, and believed in their false preachers rather than listening to God and His Word.

We will see when Moses goes up on Mount Sinai and is gone for forty days, the people almost immediately turn their backs on God, and forget every promise that God made to them.

Exodus 23:32 "Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods."

This law states that you will make not contract, or covenant with them, nor with their gods. God is telling the children of Israel not to fool around with these heathen people's religion. This goes right to the second commandment that is given us in Exodus 20:4 and 5.

Exodus 20 4 "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:"

Exodus 20:5, 6 "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the tird and forth generation of them that hate Me:" [5] "And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments." [6]

Again the warning is to say away from heathen gods, or you will be burned by them. Then God gives reassurance of his mercy to those that do keep His commandments.

Exodus 23:33 "They shalt not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against Me: for it thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee." 

It is no different today than it was here in the wilderness. God's people seem to be set in chasing after new religions, and ways to worship. We have the Word of God, yet they like to chase after all the minds of worldly men, and their created images out of their own imaginations. God wrote this letter to you and each of His people personally, yet most Christians today would rather run to the bedside of some mentally ill woman in Scotland for their advise on these end times, than take it out to the Word of God. They would rather listen with itching ears to what their neighbor says, than what Jesus and God apostles and prophets have to say. To be a blessed person, you have to read the Word with understanding, and be willing to be obedient to what it says.

These laws and instructions that God has given you to run your life, is full of advise to keep you healthy, and maintain a blessed family life. Yet most Christians today turn their back to it, just as their forefather did thirty five hundred years ago in the wilderness of Sinai. Friend, this advise is from your Kin, your Heavenly Father to you. He cares about you and wants you to be healthy and live a long and prosperous life. God created you soul and He cares about your life, and those things that you do. He wants your love, and He will bless you when you give your love to Him. It's no secret, the Bible is full of promises of things that God will give you, if you will only love and trust Him. But it is up to you whether you seek God's blessings or His cursings.


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