Exodus 23 : More laws, and God promises guidance

February 12, 2024 ·

Summary:
Do not pervert justice in court due to bribes or the social status of the defendant—maintain fairness regardless of circumstances. Care for the property of even your enemies.

Observe a day of rest every seventh day and a year of rest every seventh year, allowing the poor to gather food from your unused land.

The three annual festivals are the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering.

God promises an angel to guide Israel, offering protection and guidance for those who trust the angel and follow God’s commands. God pledges to pave the way for the Israelites at a manageable pace, allowing them to keep up.

Key verse:
2. 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,

My thoughts:
These laws further demonstrate God’s desire for truth and highlight the significance He places on the Sabbaths and the Feasts for His people. The Sabbaths, in particular, are portrayed as a means of assisting the poor.

I believe the key verse I’ve quoted is crucial, and we would all benefit from heeding its advice. While people are generally more independent these days, the inclination to follow the crowd appears stronger than ever, albeit in more subtle forms. Ultimately, I believe that true progress as a Christian requires stepping out and making decisions for God on one’s own, rather than merely following others.

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