Remembering the Passover & Exodus: a selection of passages & meditations
"You shall worship no other God, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God"

Scripture: Exodus 34:10-28

10 And he said, "Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been wrought in all the earth or in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD; for it is a terrible thing that I will do with you. 11 "Observe what I command you this day. Behold, I will drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Per'izzites, the Hivites, and the Jeb'usites. 12 Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither you go, lest it become a snare in the midst of you. 13 You shall tear down their altars, and break their pillars, and cut down their Ashe'rim 14 (for you shall worship no other God, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),

15 lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and when they play the harlot after their Gods and sacrifice to their Gods and one invites you, you eat of his sacrifice, 16 and you take of their daughters for your sons, and their daughters play the harlot after their Gods and make your sons play the harlot after their Gods.

17 "You shall make for yourself no molten Gods.

18 "The feast of unleavened bread you shall keep. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month Abib; for in the month Abib you came out from Egypt.

19 All that opens the womb is mine, all your male cattle, the firstlings of cow and sheep. 20 The firstling of an ass you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. All the first-born of your sons you shall redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.

21 "Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; in plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.

22 And you shall observe the feast of weeks, the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year's end. 23 Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel. 24 For I will cast out nations before you, and enlarge your borders; neither shall any man desire your land, when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year.

25 "You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the Passover be left until the morning.

26 The first of the first fruits of your ground you shall bring to the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a kid in its mother's milk."

27 And the LORD said to Moses, "Write these words; in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel." 28 And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

Meditation: The Lord calls Moses up to the Mountain again to renew his covenant which the people had broken. He offers to work more wonders for Israel than for any other nation on the earth. During this forty day period on the mountain, God again instructs Moses in the covenant, and commands him to write down the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. These instructions include teaching on how to be a holy people, and how they are to worship God in a way that prefigures the truth to come (John 1:17).

Through Moses God mediated his law. When Jesus came he showed the spirit behind the letter and revealed God's original intention in giving it. He raised the standard to the level of the Spirit, writing it on our hearts where the Holy Spirit would enable us to live it (Matthew 5-7). Do you love God's commands and do you seek to follow them wholeheartedly?

"Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Teach me your ways and show me where I fail to follow in your way of love and truth. Help me to conform my life fully to the will of the Father."

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