Exodus 21-22, Matthew 19

Exodus 21:1
1 “Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them:

This is the beginning a series of laws and regulations that the Lord intended to protect mankind from any number of problems and conflicts. We would do well to take to heart many of these things today.

The purpose of these laws was twofold; one, to protect God’s people and two, to show us the impossibility of perfectly keeping the law. The purpose, we learn from the New Testament, is to declare us guilty, pointing us to the need of a Savior.

Exodus 22:22-24
22 “You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. 23 If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; 24 and My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.

The Lord has a very special place in His heart for the widows and the orphans. In the book of James we read the definition of pure religion; “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble…” (James 1:27).

Matthew 19:6
6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

The bible is very clear about how he feels about divorce, He hates it. Why? Because it covers ones garment with violence (Malachi 2:16). It is the violent tearing away of flesh. It must be avoided at all costs.

Matthew 19:20
20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”

We tend to search and search until we think we have arrived at all we need to have an intimate relationship with the Lord. However, if we are honest with ourselves, we find that there are things that are lacking, things the Lord wants us to give to Him, but we hold back. Until we are willing to give it all to Him, we will never fully attain to the depth of relationship with the Lord we desire to have.

Matthew 19:26
26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “ With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Jesus is speaking of salvation here. Without God, and His willingness to give us Jesus, it would be impossible to be saved.


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