Exodus 23-24, Matthew 20

Exodus 23:9
9 “Also you shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the heart of a stranger, because you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

I believe one of the best ways to share Jesus with others is to reach out to strangers. It is easy to reach out to those we know, but offering a cup of cold water to a complete stranger is a powerful thing. Jesus said, “As often as you do this to the least of one of these, you do it unto Me” (Matthew 25:40).

Exodus 23:20-21
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.

The Angel spoken of here is none other than Jesus Christ. It is what we would refer to here as an Old Testament Messianic reference. Any time we see Jesus in Old Testament, it is a Christophany, a physical manifestation of Jesus prior to His physical birth.

Exodus 23:24
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.

The Lord wants to make sure that our spiritual houses stay clear of anything that will distract us from Him. When we come across anything that gets in the way of our personal relationship with Him, we must completely destroy it.

Exodus 24:7
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.”

Throughout the bible, we read of these accounts where the Word of God is read to the people. I like reading such accounts. It reminds me of what we have an opportunity to do every time we get together as a church body. Would be to God that our response might always be a heartfelt determination to respond with, “All that the Lord has said we will do, and be obedient.”

Exodus 24:8
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.”

Pay close attention to how often the use of and reference to blood is presented in connection with obeying the Lord, His promises and dealing with sin. It all points to the picture of ultimate forgiveness through the shed blood of Jesus.

Matthew 20:13-14
13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.

This is a great parable (a story which illustrates a spiritual truth) which speaks of the ability and heart of God to save anyone who calls upon Him, whether young or old. I love that the Lord shows no partiality. The key is, that we call upon Jesus before we die, and none of us know Ethan that might be.

Matthew 20:32
32 So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “ What do you want Me to do for you?”

Jesus wants to hear those things that we would like Him to do for us. Just remember, that He knows best and whether or not we really need him to do the things we want Him to do. I love putting my life in His hands. It is the absolute safest place we could ever be.

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