Today’s Scripture: Exodus 23:20-24:28
By: Aaron Tomes
God loves the people of Israel and provides them with guidelines for establishing a covenant relationship with Himself. They are to worship and serve their God, the only true God, and not the “gods” of the nations.
God promises that if the Israelites stay true to God, the rewards would be abundant evidence of God’s love:
1) Daily food (“His blessing will be on your food and water”)
2) The continuance of good health (“I will take away sickness from among you”)
3) Fruitfulness and productivity (“none will miscarry or be barren in your land”)
4) The prolonging of their lives to old age (“I will give you a full life span.”)
5) Victory over their enemies (“I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.”)
However, in love, God issues a warning to His people not to make covenants with the inhabitants of the land or allow them to remain—they would surely be a snare to the Israelites. Likewise, we must always be aware of those around us that could influence us to sin against God.
The point of the biblical law was to bring the people of Israel into a relationship with God Himself and to set His people apart from the nations which surrounded them. On this side of the cross, our relationship with God is not forged through adherence to laws, since “there are none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10). The law now serves as “our tutor to bring us to Christ that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24).
Ask God to help you respond as the children of Israel responded here, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.” Not to gain salvation, but out of gratitude for the relationship we now have with God because of our Lord Jesus Christ.