In this study from Exodus 23-24, we discover some interesting parallels between Israel and the church. We'll consider three Jewish feasts, the Promised Land, and the covenant relationship between God and his people through a mediator.
From the teaching series 02 Exodus - 2011
|Exodus 23 (NKJV™)|
|14||"Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year:|
|15||"You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty);|
|16||"and the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors from the field.|
|17||"Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD.|
|18||"You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread; nor shall the fat of My sacrifice remain until morning.|
|19||"The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk.|
|20||"Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.|
|21||"Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him.|
|22||"But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.|
|23||"For My Angel will go before you and bring you in to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites and the Hivites and the Jebusites; and I will cut them off.|
|24||"You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their works; but you shall utterly overthrow them and completely break down their sacred pillars.|
|25||"So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.|
|26||"No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.|
|27||"I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you.|
|28||"And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite from before you.|
|29||"I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beast of the field become too numerous for you.|
|30||"Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land.|
|31||"And I will set your bounds from the Red Sea to the sea, Philistia, and from the desert to the River. For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.|
|32||"You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.|
|33||"They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you."|
|Exodus 24 (NKJV™)|
|1||Now He said to Moses, "Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar.|
|2||"And Moses alone shall come near the LORD, but they shall not come near; nor shall the people go up with him."|
|3||So Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, "All the words which the LORD has said we will do."|
|4||And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars according to the twelve tribes of Israel.|
|5||Then he sent young men of the children of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD.|
|6||And Moses took half the blood and put it in basins, and half the blood he sprinkled on the altar.|
|7||Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, "All that the LORD has said we will do, and be obedient."|
|8||And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, "This is the blood of the covenant which the LORD has made with you according to all these words."|
|9||Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel,|
|10||and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.|
|11||But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank.|
|12||Then the LORD said to Moses, "Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them."|
|13||So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up to the mountain of God.|
|14||And he said to the elders, "Wait here for us until we come back to you. Indeed Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them."|
|15||Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain.|
|16||Now the glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.|
|17||The sight of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.|
|18||So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.|
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From the Series:
02 Exodus - 2011
Beginning in the brickyards of Egypt and ending in the tabernacle filled with God's presence, the book of Exodus chronicles the deliverance of God's people from Egypt and records the end of their oppression under Pharaoh. It also provides an account of the beginning of a prophecy fulfilled: God promised Abraham descendants beyond number, and on the pages of Exodus we see Israel become a great nation.
In this verse-by-verse study, Pastor Skip Heitzig presents an in-depth look at Moses, the ten plagues, the ten commandments, the desert wanderings, the construction of the tabernacle, and more. As we study, we'll see the grace of God, witness the glory of the Lord, and a catch a glimpse of Israel's coming Savior.
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