2020-08-30 - Exodus Study Continued: A Review
Exodus Study, Continued
So Moses again went before God as Israel‘s spokesman. And God in turn spoke to the people through Moses. God pointed out that He had acted in a manner that made it clear He had spoken to Moses out of Heaven. He did not want the day to arise, when the people will say, “Moses you put this whole system together on your own. This is simply your personnel view of God.”
Today, we often hear, “That is your interpretation.” Men act as if we have no way of knowing what God has said to man. They reject the fact that God has reveled Himself. That there are three ways by which God has made Himself known; through general revelation,
"Yet He did not leave Himself without a witness - He did good by giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with joy and gladness." (Acts 14:17, Tree of Live Version-TLV)
The second form of special revelation is the written word, the Scripture.
“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it re- ally is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers” (1 Thess. 2:13 ESV).
Since we have finished looking at the Ten Commandments, I want to review what we have seen in Exodus, up to Chapters 21. Remember, Chapters 21 through 23 deal with the Social Laws, and Chapters 24 through 30 have to do with the construction of and service in the Tabernacle in the wilderness and related items.
It is important we take a moment to make sure we have an understanding of the background for the time that is spent at Sinai. This necessitates going back to the beginning.. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void … ” (Genesis :1-2 ESV). –Wait, Hold it, I didn’t mean that far back!”
The way the Hebrews found themselves in their current situation, that is sitting at the foot of Mt. Sinai, was that during the reign of Thutmose the 1st (1539-1514 BC), they began to be persecuted. Up to this time, they had lived well. Then things changed. A handful of people, some seventy in number, had grown into a nation, maybe two million individuals. Egypt no longer remembered its debt to Joseph and his accomplishment in their survival.
“Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph” (Ex 1:8 ESV).
So, Egypt was a land of great wealth. But of more concern to God, it was an ancient center of idolatry, the worship of many gods. The nation was of a polytheistic bent.. This is the source of so much emphasis in this section of the Commandments, worshiping only God, not getting involved with the practice of idolatry … .
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20:4 ESV).
… And this emphasis continuing on into the surrounding passages also include warnings to Israel against idolatry.
This became an ongoing problem for the Hebrews. Remember, all those who traveled with Moses had been born under Egyptian domination. Therefore, the practice of idol worship would have been part of their environment, something observed on a daily basis. It would have seemed normal, not at all alien, so it was very easy for the children of Israel to fall into the practice. In fact, going through the Old Testament, we see this is one of the Hebrews' major sins. God, in the giving of the Law, provided for this danger. If they actually did accept and strive to obey the Law, they would be in less danger of committing spiritual adultery, which is idolatry.
Are there any areas you can think of that, we may have grown up accepting as normal practice things which are totally unacceptable to the Lord? After all, we are told
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life–is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15–17 ESV).
One problem area I can think of is that many of today’s children may grow up with the attitude that divorce and marital infidelity is a perfectly acceptable way of life. Even in homes that purport to be Christian, we find divorce. The parents may well be Christian. But think of the implications to the children’s view of what is right. Consider the results of this on their own lives, as they become adults. Are there any other examples that you can think of?
As with the Hebrews the Lord has also provides support for us, the Holy Spirit; The Living Word, Christ; and The Written Word, the Scripture. With these we can overcome the temptations in our lives, those picked up from our culture, those not acceptable to Him.