Tag: rules for loving others
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!