Tag: Exodus 21-24

Sin breaks connection with God and man!

Scripture reading for January 27th: Exodus 21-24

We sometimes laugh when our young children defiantly disobey.  When our adopted daughters were first released from the orphanage to come with us, they were so cute!  But on one of our first outings, we were waiting to cross the street and cars were speeding by.  After warning them, one of them (name withheld to protect the innocent!) stuck her foot out towards the street and looked up mischievously  to see what we might do!  Mary and I had a good laugh but realized that we had a job ahead of us!

Sin entered mankind through Eve’s deception by the serpent and through the disobedience of Adam.   God had warned them not to eat from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  He told them they would die if they did.  Sin broke connection with God and brought heartache and death!

Some of the laws and the penalty for breaking them remind us of the “deadliness” of sin!   The penalty for attacking father or mother or cursing them was death. (Exodus 21:15,17)  If a man owned a bull that was known to gore others and he did not restrain this animal and a person was killed, the bull and the owner would die! (Exodus 21:28-29)  A sorceress must be put to death!  (Exodus 22:18)  Anyone having sexual relations with an animal must die!  (Exodus 22:19)  Anyone who took advantage of an orphan or a widow would die if that orphan or widow cried out to the Lord! (Exodus 22:22-24)    Our God is compassionate and protective! (Exodus 22:26-27)

God is compassionate but loves us enough to confront sin.  He knows it’s deadly: it cost Him the life of His Son!  As parents, we must love our children enough to discipline them and teach them that sin is no laughing matter.   We should give them clear instructions about sin and it’s consequences and discipline them to fear a holy God and obey in love.

“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good that we might share in His holiness.” Hebrews 12:10

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Sin is deadly!

Scripture reading for January 27th: Exodus 21-24

Is there any such thing as a “harmless sin”?  We sometimes laugh when our young children defiantly disobey.  When our adopted daughters were first released from the orphanage to come with us, they were so cute!  Both my wife and I and the girls had a short time of mutual admiration.  But on one of our first outings, we were waiting to cross the street and cars were speeding by.  One of them (name withheld to protect the innocent!) stuck her foot out towards the street and looked up mischievously  to see what we might do!  Mary and I had a good laugh but realized that we had a job ahead of us and a late start!

Sin entered mankind through Eve’s deception and through the disobedience of Adam.  Sin had consequences.  We can choose to sin, but we get the consequences for free!  The law that God gave Moses on the mountain included Exodus 21-24.  These were practical explanations of the ten commands that helped God’s people understand how these laws would play out in the community of Israel.  A holy God lived in their midst who demanded that they be holy too. (1st Peter 1:15-16)

Some of the laws and their consequences remind us of the “deadliness” of sin!  In Exodus 21:15 and 17, the penalty for attacking father or mother or cursing them was death.  If a man owned a bull that was known to gore others and he did not restrain this animal and a person was killed, the bull and the owner would die! (Exodus 21:28-29)  A sorceress must be put to death!  (Exodus 22:18)  Anyone having sexual relations with an animal must die!  (Exodus 22:19)  One who took advantage of an orphan or a widow would die if that orphan or widow cried out to the Lord!  God gets angry when we mess with those who are hurting!  (Exodus 22:26-27)

God is compassionate and loves us enough to confront sin.  We need to be serious when it comes to sin.  As parents, we need to love our children enough to discipline them and teach them that sin is nothing to mess with.  May the Lord continue to love us enough to discipline us so that sin is not our downfall!

“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good that we might share in His holiness.” Hebrews 12:10

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Angel Guides and Guardians

Scripture reading for January 27th: Exodus 21-24

We are not alone in our journey through this world.  God says in His word that angels are ministering spirits, sent to serve those who will inherit salvation.  (Hebrews 1:14)  Jesus Christ taught that each child has at least one angel that stands before the Father on their behalf.  (Matthew 18:10)

“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.  Pay attention to him and listen to what he says.  Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since My Name is in Him.  If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.” (Exodus 23:20-22)   This amazing statement follows some very practical instructions to God’s people on how to live in a manner that would please God and enable them to live with Him in intimacy.  They must listen carefully and obey.  They must follow their “guide” to God’s prepared place.

Among the practical instructions were the ten commandments given to His people on the mountain.  (Exodus 20)  God then broke these down into practical laws so the people could better understand.  For example, anyone cursing their father or mother was to be put to death.  (Exodus 21:17)  This would break the 5th commandment to honor father and mother and receive a long life.  (Exodus 20:12) Another example would be stealing.  Taking another’s property demanded restitution with a fine.  (Exodus 22:1-3)  Stealing is not loving your neighbor and violates the eighth commandment. (Exodus 20:15)

God wanted pure worship from His holy people.  They were to have no other gods before Him.  (Exodus 20:3)  They should honor God with tithes and offerings of the first and the best.  (Exodus 22:29) (Exodus 23:19)  They were not to practice sorcery or witchcraft, going to an evil spirit instead of God.  (Exodus 22:18)  These laws were to help them on their journey to prepare to live with God and worship Him forever in the place He prepared!

Jesus Christ came 1500 years later and  He told us that He had prepared a place for us and would come back and take us to Himself.  He told us He was the “way” to the Father.   (John 14:1-6)  We have His word and Holy Spirit as our guide, as well as angels sent to help us on our way!

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