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November 1, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: Luke 19-20
Audio: Luke 19-20

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

“You shall have no other gods before me.”
(Exodus 20:3 ESV)

Exodus 23 (ESV)

“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice,nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit.

“If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him. If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.

“You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his lawsuit. Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked. And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.

“You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

10 “For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield, 11 but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beasts of the field may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard.

12 “Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed.

13 “Pay attention to all that I have said to you, and make no mention of the names of other gods, nor let it be heard on your lips.

14 “Three times in the year you shall keep a feast to me. 15 You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As I commanded you, you shall eat unleavened bread for seven days at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. None shall appear before me empty-handed. 16 You shall keep the Feast of Harvest, of the firstfruits of your labor, of what you sow in the field. You shall keep the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in from the field the fruit of your labor. 17 Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the Lord God.

18 “You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with anything leavened, or let the fat of my feast remain until the morning.

19 “The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God.

“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

20 “Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. 21 Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him.

22 “But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.

23 “When my angel goes before you and brings you to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, and I blot them out, 24 you shall not bow down to their gods nor serve them, nor do as they do, but you shall utterly overthrow them and break their pillars in pieces.25 You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you. 26 None shall miscarry or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. 27 I will send my terror before you and will throw into confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. 28 And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites from before you. 29 I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply against you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land. 31 And I will set your border from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates, for I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you. 32 You shall make no covenant with them and their gods. 33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.”

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  1. I will send my terror before you and will throw into confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. Exodus 23:27

    Rules, Laws, Warnings and Promises

    This chapter begins with a continuation of laws and rules for the people of Israel. As the ESV Study Bible notes, "The structures of civl and religious life in Israel were meant to represent the evaluation of the Lord and to form the people according to His character, which is why the warnings are grounded in the judgment of the Lord."

    Then in verse 23, the narrative changes to news that God has prepared a place for them to go and has provided an angel to guide them. The details of this journey include going into territory possessed by others and the Lord blotting them out. It's interesting to note the warning to God's people to not "bow down to their gods nor serve them, nor do as they do, but you shall utterly overthrow them and break their pillars in pieces."

    You can imagine what kind of scene it would be to have people invade your land and destroy the gods you worship?

    Reading about the Lord sending His "terror" and "throwing into confusion all the people against whom you shall come (Exodus 23:27) and sending "hornets" that will drive the people out (Exodus 23:28) is reminiscent of the plagues in Egypt. 

    But the Lord tells them what He is going to do and instructions them to serve Him and "he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you. None shall miscarry or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days (Exodus 23:25-26). He also warns them to not make a "covenant with them and their gods" (Exodus 23:23) and if they serve their gods, the Lord will be a snare to them (Exodus 23:33). These statements conclude the "Book of the Covenant" as it began in Exodus 20:3, "You shall have no other gods before me."

    In writing of the angel that will go before them to guard them and bring them to the the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and the Jebusites, Herbert Lockyer writes, "By this angel, were are not to understand a created angel but a divine manifestation. Without doubt this was a promised premanifestation of Christ, one of His theophanic appearances (Exodus 23:21)."

    Did you notice in the last verse, the Lord calls the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and the Jebusites "their" land? Even though these tribes are inhabiting this land, it belongs to the people of God?

    Did you notice God's instructions to "be prepared" (Exodus 23:13), to "beware" (Exodus 23:21), and to "obey" (Exodus 23:22)? 

    Did you notice all the "I wills" in this chapter?
     

  2. As I learn more and more about God and His word, I only want to obey Him more. I look back at my old life, and I ask for His forgiveness everyday. He has blessed me in so many ways, and I am so grateful. 

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