Exodus Chapter 23 Discussion

  • GiGi again on Exodus 23 - 1 year ago

    The first fruits are to be brought into the house of the LORD; and not to cook a goat in its mother's milk. (Don't know if this is part of the sacrifice or not).

    Verses 20-33 Speaks of the Promises of God's Presence for those who are obedient to Him. The Angel (capitalized) will go before them. (Is this Jesus?) and lead them in the way they are to travel. God warns the Israelites to fear the Angel and obey His voice.

    They were not to provoke the Angel for He will not pardon their sins, for God's name is IN Him.

    If the Israelites are obedient God will uphold them and keep them from being overthrown by enemies. God names the peoples they will encounter in the land of promise. God says, do not worship their gods! But instead, completely overthrow these people (and their gods) breaking down their sacred pillars (Asherah poles). Eliminating the images by destroying them will lesson the temptation to bow to them in worship.

    God promises to bless them with fruitfulness and increase of the womb; with daily bread and a steady supply of water, (which they cried out for before coming to Sinai; taking away their sicknesses and preserving their health as a whole group.

    He will confuse the people who come against the Israelites and send pests to drive them away from His people.

    However, God says He will take time to drive them out gradually, to avoid the wild beasts having an opportunity to take over the vacated land and multiply to become a threat the people and to allow for the Israelites to grow in number and strength do they can inherit the land promised to them. This gradual takeover will test the Israelites' obedience and dependence on God alone.

    They are not to make a covenant with these people nor their gods, for they will cause the Israelites to sin against God and ensnare them.

    These people had never been to the promised land yet. They only knew Egypt. Trusting God was a tall order, but God would be with them. In difficult times He is with us, too
  • GiGi on Exodus 23 - 1 year ago
    Exodus 23


    This chapter has several sections. Verses 1-13 speaks about fairness in the judicial process and in personal interactions. Be truthful, do not be a false witness in court against another, do not show partiality in court, whether the accused is rich or poor, or the plaintiff is rich or poor, do not follow the crowd when the crowd is advocating and practicing evil, do not pervert justice by testifying in such a way that interferes with due justice.

    It goes on to say that we are to keep away from any false matter, do not side with what you know is false or spread false info, respect life and do not kill those who are innocent and righteous , defend these people when in danger. God warns those in power to judge, legislate, or govern to not take any bribes as buying influence perverts justice.

    God goes on to say that we are not to oppress anyone, even strangers or foreigners.

    God sets aside the seventh day and seventh year as a time of rest. 7th day rest from work, 7th year rest from sowing fields. Doing so allows man and beasts to rest up and renew energy for the coming week. Doing so allows nature to produce food for the poor and for the wild and domesticated animals.

    Verse 13 is a change-Be circumspect-think about it!-do not even mention the name of other gods, do not speak it. We are to give no acknowledgment of the existence of these false gods.

    Verses 14-19 discuss the three feasts God institutes for the nation of Israel-Unleavened Bread-to remember their meal before the passing over the Israelites in the plague of the death of the firstborn and of their flight in the night from Egypt; the Harvest-where they bring in the first fruits; and the Ingathering-where they harvest all of the fruit of their labors at the end of the growing year. Also, males are to appear before the LORD three times a year (assemble before the LORD for these Feasts?) not the women.
  • Hazel carty on Exodus 23 - 2 years ago
    Thank you lord
  • Jcbu undercover on Exodus 23 - 2 years ago
    excerpt from Destiny Dreams ,and Visions

    Little by Little

    Little by little,the Jews went to the promised land.

    They were all safe in the masters hand's.

    Little by little they took ground.

    The walls of Jericho fell with a glorious sound.

    Little by little he works inside of me.

    When we walk with him he sets us free.

    Two steps forward one step back.

    Little by little with Jesus were right on track.

    Little by little as water falls on the earth.

    It shapes,and molds,and gives life birth.

    Little by little we give our prayers to heaven.

    They come back down we grow as leaven.

    When you stumble ,and fall down.

    Think of the rain,and reach for the crown.

    Little by little our prayers reach above.

    Step by step we grow with the fathers love.

    Little by little he works inside of me.

    Little by little I am set free.

    The path moves forward two steps at a time.

    On a journey to heaven,and the sublime.

    Little by little my head is like solid rock.

    Little prayers begin to shape my thoughts.

    Little by little the spirit grows inside of me.

    Because of Jesus I am set free.
  • Jesse - In Reply on Exodus 23 - 2 years ago

    The word fornication comes from the word PORNEIA which means any form of sexual immorality. It's also where we get our English word pornography from. A hug or a kiss in itself does not constitute sexual immorality. But there are other things to keep in mind. There are other ways to look at it depending on who you are hugging and kissing. For instance, if a married man is seen someplace hugging and kissing another woman, even though that would not be considered fornication (sexual immorality), it would give the appearance of evil, which we are to avoid. Even if you are a single believer, hugging and kissing could cause other believers to think more could be taking place "behind the scenes." Again, we are told not to even give the appearance of evil, even though a "hug" or a "kiss in itself may not be evil.
  • Greeting in the name of Jesus - In Reply on Exodus 23 - 2 years ago
    2 Corinthians 13:12

    Greet one another with an holy kiss.

    1 Thessalonians 5:26

    Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

    Luke 7:45

    Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.

    Romans 16:16

    Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

    1 Corinthians 16:20

    All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.

    Genesis 27:26

    And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.

    1 Peter 5:14

    Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

    Proverbs 27:6 - Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

    2 Peter 1:7

    And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

    Hebrews 13:1

    Let brotherly love continue.

    1 Thessalonians 4:9

    But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

    Romans 12:10

    Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

    1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity. 1 John 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

    Colossians 3:5 - Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

    Comment by Mishael: Amongst Church members, I would hope that we don't judge each other's greetings.

    In our present culture we seem to be hyper aware of any kind of sexual harassment.

    Inside of our Church setting we should be able to greet each other with a handshake and squeeze on the arm without a problem.

    Rather than be shocked by standoffness, try to discern the other persons body language. We are naturally hyper now due to Covid-19 and Variant fears. It is, what it is.
  • Adam - In Reply on Exodus 23 - 2 years ago
    Hello, it would seem nice if there was a clear cut line for all sins, wouldn't it. But if we knew that, would our goal then be to get as close to that line as possible without going over? Is that really what Christians should do who genuinely love and follow Jesus?

    We could ask the same question for drunkenness. 2-3 beers ok? 4-5, 6-8? Lying: a little white lie ok? What about if it will protect someone? What if no one will find out? Theft- what if its 'communal' property, what if the person I take from is 'bad' and 'deserves it'? Murder: abortion if below 1 month? What about 4 months? 9 months? What about after birth if deformed? What about elderly? What about all ages if we don't like them?

    Satan loves to tempt people with making tiny little increments towards sin, and he's good at deceiving people into doing it. What if the goal if Christians shouldn't be to see how close the line they can go, but play it safe and try to love and follow God with all your heart, soul, and strength?

    Fornication isn't the only sin involved in the scenario you describe, but lust. Jesus didn't say "I died on the cross so you can sin all you want now." If anything he was MORE restrictive, saying sin no more, and if you love Him to obey His commandments. He also said this: Matthew 5:28

    God bless...
  • S Spencer - In Reply on Exodus 23 - 2 years ago
    Hi George.

    I would say that is a tough question for me atleast.

    But if I was to guess at it I would say you probably could use the same principle for fornication as seen here for Adultery.

    Matthew 5:28-29. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

    And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

    If you eyes leads you to lust you pluck them out.

    So if your hugging and kissing leads one to lust then maybe you shouldn't.

    I would go further to say if ones testimony or credibility as a Christian is in question why not get married?

    None believers look for such things to attack the Church.

    God bless.
  • Chris - In Reply on Exodus 23:3 - 2 years ago
    Hello Margaret. If you're referring to Exodus 23:3, "Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause", then I'm not sure where you got the "putting on a sad face".

    If I read that verse using today's verbiage, I would read it as: 'You should not show partiality to a poor person pleas (as done in legal proceedings) because of his status'. This could happen if the scales of justice are imbalanced when a preference, whether given by a witness or by the system, is shown to one because of his lowly position than to the well-to-do person who could actually be the guiltless one under a fair impartial system. Justice should not show favouritism - Justice must be based on true, verifiable facts.
  • Margaret on Exodus 23:3 - 2 years ago
    Please explain the meaning of this verse. Not put on a sad face?
  • James Udeh on Exodus 23:25 - 4 years ago
    This scripture is clear, God is saying to me that of the ways believers people of God can defeat the enemies of their health and Blessings is by their service to God. Serving God with ur Treasure, Talent and ur Time.
  • Stanjett - In Reply on Exodus 23 - 4 years ago
    Halloween yes but Christmas is the day of Jesus birth and Easter is when he rose from the dead. If he had not done this we all would have no hope.
  • BSP on Exodus 23 - 6 years ago
    Verse 2~We don't want to follow after the crowd when it is to do bad. We want to make sure that we are doing what is pleasing to Jehovah God.
  • A disciple on Exodus 23 - 6 years ago
    The challenge for us as Christians, and the trial that melts us down, is knowing how to die to self and bear up cheerfully under such violence and cruelty and FALSEHOOD, without getting angry and upset. And it will be even more difficult and painful once we are in the middle of it, and the attacks seem to come from every side. That is when we must surrender all to Jesus, and not harden our hearts.
  • A disciple on Exodus 23 - 6 years ago
    Cowardice forsakes a godly character because of fear of men. Peer pressure is a wicked tool of the devil used to get the simple to "countenance" an evil word and an evil-minded crowd. We need to "stand our man" and not care a thing for whether we are mocked or ridiculed or separated from family and friends, because we don't follow the party line; however aggressive and persistent they pursue us!
  • A disciple on Exodus 23 - 6 years ago
    "Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment: Neither shalt thou countenance (to support or encourage; sanction) a poor man in his cause." The cause of the poor is not automatically right just because he is poor!
  • A disciple on Exodus 23 - 6 years ago
    "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." The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath; and NOT for the rich and powerful to use it to oppress the poor! A mark of a son of the devil is religious oppression.
  • BSP on Exodus 23 - 6 years ago
    Verse 20: Jehovah God put an angel before the nation of Israel. Their survival depended on whether they obeyed and followed the direction of that angel.
  • Christ Magnified Glorifying Jesus on Exodus 23 - 6 years ago
    End of day 23 in Bible in a Year Reading. I used to think that God placed a lot of rules/laws on the Hebrew people. Now I look at the laws and codes in just the area I live and realize that humans create far more laws that have little noble or educational purpose. Laws upon laws. God's law clearly defines sin as sin. No preference given. Equal treatment with love as the final objective.
  • Cathryn on Exodus 23 - 6 years ago
    I beleeue in Yeshua Hamashiach and I beleeue that he is the Risen Christ and that he is the Sonne of the Living God and that he is the Living God. and I loue you all.
  • Matt on Exodus 23 - 7 years ago
    @ Miister Jan, you are exactly right! Easter is derived from Ishtar/ Astaroth/ Astarte: the satanic, pagan false goddess of the satanic seed line. As The Lord commanded, we are to observe The Passover, Pentecost Day and Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus became OUR Passover when He was sacrificed for us. (1 Cor. ch. 5; Luke ch. 22). Halloween, 'Christmas' and Easter all have pagan/ satanic roots.
  • Irene123 on Exodus 23 - 7 years ago
    Ex.23:2 - "Thou shalt not follow ....." To follow a multitude, whether they are PLANNING on evil - or not - is foolish. Because - you do not KNOW what will happen in a crowd. That's why there are ALWAYS law enforcement at ANY gathering. Christians do not follow the world's people; we PRAY for them.
  • Miister Jan on Exodus 23 - 8 years ago
    We need to move away from Easter which is pagan and embrace Passover now before the Lamb of God returns. Stop the Easter eggs bonnets clothes
    bunnies laying egg instead of baby bunnies and this year Our Father highlighted that the date is also different 2016 Leap year Easter does not match the dates that God outlined in Abib for the Passover covenant with him! Easter vs Passover choose now!
  • Chris K. on Exodus 23:21 - 8 years ago
    A great cross-reference to Joshua 21:44, Josh.5:13, acts 7:45, Heb. 4:8, for Jesus in the kjv.
  • Moses on Exodus 23:26 - 8 years ago
    God always keeps his promises. He will never change no matter the situation,he remains God. Just believe all things all possible.
  • Udeh obianuju Deborah on Exodus 23:25 - 8 years ago
    this version is really beautiful, is telling me that serving God is a privileged, the Bible say 's that he will bless our bread I.e our body and bless our water I.e our spirit man and if God blesses our water, that water shall remain ever living water.And anybody that taste it shall never taste again.And went further to say that he will take away sickness away from us I.e sickness is a MOUNTAIN ..praise ye thy Lord, may God 's name be praised.
  • Andrew Opuni-Ampong on Exodus 23:22 - 8 years ago
    If we turn over our defense to over to God, He will defend us. Moses did that and the Lord promised to defend him - "I will be an enemy unto thy enemies and adversary unto thy adversaries "
  • Ps Philemon Malinga on Exodus 23:31 - 8 years ago
    I think of defined boarders in wich we live by, our God is a God of defined boarders, I think of the cross as the defining boarder of our salvation our activities, our programmes and sermons, songs, a child of God does not allow anything to happen in their life they have boarders as much as they have a moral campus.
  • Pastor Jolly Ehis.Ebosele on Exodus 23:25 - 9 years ago
    when u serve God with a clean heart and follow him faithfully He will always be concern about u,respond whenever u call protect u,guild u, exult u,he will lead u and b at peace with u
  • SHERRY on Exodus 23:21 - 9 years ago

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