On January 1 of this year I began once again reading through the Bible. I will this year take my time and read it through with the same schedule that has been prepared for our church people and which I post on the back of our bulletin each Sunday.
There was an idea which entered my thinking this afternoon of providing a study; at least in part; that will spark new ideas in your mind and heart as well. I can’t promise that this will go on each day, but I will endeavor for that to happen. What will I do? l will endeavor to give a short reading each day, and probably of the morning each day, of that days reading: for example, today’s reading is Exodus 22 – 24; and that is what I will give you My Observations of…
Exodus 22 has much to do with responsibility for property. Personal property as well as that property which belongs to someone else. We could go back to the Ten Commandments on part of this to the eighth commandment which states, “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15); because the first four verses deal with stealing, and the punishment and restitution of such things. I would dare say that if we followed the law of God’s word for these matters; even the ones following that there would be a lot less trouble with stealing; and problems with neighbor relationships. If we would love our neighbor as we do ourselves wouldn’t we all get along much better.
There are moral issues dealt with in verses 16-31; and some of these deal with treatment of those who are materially poor. The moral issues deal with a man leading a virgin into sexual sin, and the price he should pay; or not by the will of the father of the virgin. There is also the issue of “sorcery” which is the practice of the occult; including witchcraft, voodoo, fortune telling (palm reading, necromancy, astrology, etc.) Some may want to say, “Well this is in the law. Didn’t Jesus destroy the law with His death, burial and resurrection?” and the answer to that is… The law was not destroyed, but fulfilled in Christ. The law is not nullified it is established to the full. These verses also include things such as beastiality. These things by the law require death; by grace there is cleansing and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Chapter 23 deals with justice in verses 1 – 9. Far too many times when we are aligned with a group of people we will go along with that group; even when they are doing something unjust. For the Christian we must have the mind of Christ and speak in those situations the truth that will glorify Him. Joining with others who are unjust to ruin the life of one is definitely unjust. Taking care of our neighbor’s possessions is the right thing to do as well (vv. 4-5).
There are also to be three feast which the people of Israel are to keep. Later on it came to seven, and I believe now there are nine or so among the Hebrew people. I might be wrong about that, because I haven’t searched that out.
In verses 20 – 33 God gives promise that He will be with His people, driving out their enemies and will give them the land He has promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
Chapter 24 has Israel agreeing with God and His covenant with them saying, “All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.” Moses goes up on the Mount Sinai to meet with God and receive “tablets of stone and the law and commandments… that you may teach them”. To the people of Israel; as Moses was on the mount before the face of God; the glory of the LORD appeared as a “consuming fire”. Can we not see and realize that when we get close to God we see Him in his glory. He is a consuming fire to that which must be consumed (Hebrews 12:29).
The daily Bible reading for January 26 is Exodus 25 – 28.
Father add YOUR blessing to the study of YOUR holy word today. Save those who may be lost through the blood of Jesus YOUR holy and righteous Son; convict of sin in the heart of the condemned, and draw them to YOUR Son and YOUR love in Him. A-men!
-Tim A. Blankenship