The Covenant Renewed

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Warnings

This passage gives an introduction to the terms of the covenant (vv. 10-26) It starts out with the Lord promising to perform miracles that have never been seen before (vv. 10-11).  He promises to display many wonders so that the people will see His power. These wonders include His driving out the people living in Palestine. However, this conquest was conditional on Israel’s obedience to God. All of these conditions were essentially given previously in chapters 21-23.

One of the major purposes of the rules and regulations of this covenant was to keep Israel from idolatry (vv. 12-14). Making a treaty with idolaters would lead to involvement in sacrificial meals (v. 15), intermarrying of their daughters to Canaanite men (v. 16) and even to making molten images (v. 17). Tragically Israel did not head these warnings as we read about in Joshua 9:1-7. Ultimately this led to Israel being exiled. This is also a great warning for us today. Religious compromise is always a downward progression.  The questioning of one generation often become the doctrines of the next and the dabbling in sin today can become a habitual practice tomorrow.

The remaining verses in this passage present a series of miscellaneous duties which the Lord required of Israel. This included the feast of unleavened bread (v. 18), the redemption of the firstborn (vv. 19-20), the Sabbath (v. 21, the feast of weeks and ingathering (vv. 22-24), prohibitions concerning the offering of leaven (v. 25) and finally God’s claims upon all the first-fruits of the land which included that a young goat was not to be boiled in its mothers milk (v. 26).

Application

I must be careful to not compromise in my home so that it will possibly have an effect on the next generation? An example would be that of watching things on T.V. that do not edify the Lord.

Exodus 34:10-26 (English Standard Version)

And he said, "Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created 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 an awesome thing that I will do with you. "Observe what I command you this day. Behold, I will drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Take care, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you go, lest it become a snare in your midst. You shall tear down their altars and break their pillars and cut down their Asherim (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and when they whore after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and you are invited, you eat of his sacrifice, and you take of their daughters for your sons, and their daughters whore after their gods and make your sons whore after their gods. "You shall not make for yourself any gods of cast metal. "You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 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. All that open the womb are mine, all your male livestock, the firstborn of cow and sheep. The firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. And none shall appear before me empty-handed. "Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest. You shall observe the Feast of Weeks, the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year's end. Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel. For I will cast out nations before you and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land, when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year. "You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with anything leavened, or let the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover remain until the morning. The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring to the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk."

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