Exodus Chapter 23
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11 But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.
15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)
16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.
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Matthew Henry's Exodus Chapter 23 Bible commentary...
Laws against falsehood and injustice. (1-9) The year of rest, The sabbath, The three festivals. (10-19) God promises to conduct the Israelites to Canaan. (20-33)1-9 In the law of Moses are very plain marks of sound moral feeling, and of true political wisdom. Every thing in it is suited to the desired and avowed object, the worship of one only God, and the separation of Israel from the pagan world. Neither parties, friends, witnesses, nor common opinions, must move us to lessen great faults, to aggravate small ones, excuse offenders, accuse the innocent, or misrepresent any thing.
10-19 Every seventh year the land was to rest. They must not plough or sow it; what the earth produced of itself, should be eaten, and not laid up. This law seems to have been intended to teach dependence on Providence, and God's faithfulness in sending the larger increase while they kept his appointments. It was also typical of the heavenly rest, when all earthly labours, cares, and interests shall cease for ever. All respect to the gods of the heathen is strictly forbidden. Since idolatry was a sin to which the Israelites leaned, they must blot out the remembrance of the gods of the heathen. Solemn religious attendance on God, in the place which he should choose, is strictly required. They must come together before the Lord. What a good Master do we serve, who has made it our duty to rejoice before him! Let us devote with pleasure to the service of God that portion of our time which he requires, and count his sabbaths and ordinances to be a feast unto our souls. They were not to come empty-handed; so now, we must not come to worship God empty-hearted; our souls must be filled with holy desires toward him, and dedications of ourselves to him; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
20-33 It is here promised that they should be guided and kept in their way through the wilderness to the land of promise, Behold, I send an angel before thee, mine angel. The precept joined with this promise is, that they be obedient to this angel whom God would send before them. Christ is the Angel of Jehovah; this is plainly taught by St. Paul, #1Co 10:9|. They should have a comfortable settlement in the land of Canaan. How reasonable are the conditions of this promise; that they should serve the only true God; not the gods of the nations, which are no gods at all. How rich are the particulars of this promise! The comfort of their food, the continuance of their health, the increase of their wealth, the prolonging their lives to old age. Thus hath godliness the promise of the life that now is. It is promised that they should subdue their enemies. Hosts of hornets made way for the hosts of Israel; such mean creatures can God use for chastising his people's enemies. In real kindness to the church, its enemies are subdued by little and little; thus we are kept on our guard, and in continual dependence on God. Corruptions are driven out of the hearts of God's people, not all at once, but by little and little. The precept with this promise is, that they should not make friendship with idolaters. Those that would keep from bad courses, must keep from bad company. It is dangerous to live in a bad neighbourhood; others' sins will be our snares. Our greatest danger is from those who would make us sin against God.
Joshua Mutenga's Exodus Chapter 23 comment on 2/07/2013, 10:26am...
We serve God not jealously at all, he is protective over his children. Remember, he let his only Son Jesus die for me and you. Now how many fathers/parents can let their children do such a thing without a price. He has the right to protect so that we don't go astray! Think if God had not done such a thing!
Louise Horn Yielding's Exodus Chapter 23 comment on 1/19/2013, 10:42am...
I am reading the Bible front to back this year. Because I want to learn more and to know more. I have only got on the first 2 books and have already learned more than I knew. I want to praise God that he saved my life, gave back my memory so I can do this stuff. Thank you JESUS.
Charlene's Exodus Chapter 23 comment about verse 33 on 1/05/2013, 6:54am...
Our God is a jealous God. We are to only serve Him, and to serve another god will cause great harm to us. Our God is a consuming fire, let us not play Him, but submit ourselves to him, being obedient to His will!
Tofunmi's Exodus Chapter 23 comment on 9/30/2012, 7:14am...
God is truth God
Lavina davenport's Exodus Chapter 23 comment on 9/11/2012, 8:53am...
I really enjoy reading Exodus 23, this is the truth. God is Almighty. The truth will set you free. I will continue to read the rest of the book Exodus.
Kennygross's Exodus Chapter 23 comment on 12/18/2011, 10:11am...
GOD is a God of truth; and therefore those who follow God. Follow truth and rightiousness.
For those who fall away from the truth shall surely be judged by God. Be therefore aware also
that if a brother or sister sees another brother
or sister fall away from the "TRUTH"; that person
will also be judged by God. In this case we
become Gods helpers of the truth. Help the brother or sister to repent from thier sins and turn from evil. It says in scripture: varly you save a soul from doing evil; you cover a multitude of sins and save a soul from hell.
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