To get a better understanding of the points read Exodus 23.
- God not only mentioned the Sabbath or seventh day of rest in the Ten Commandments or when referring to the times to pick up the manna but also in the Israelites’ law (Exodus 23:12).
- Check out Exodus 23:20! The “Angel” is Jesus. The fire by night and cloud by day (Numbers 9:16), is Jesus. Jesus is the archangel.
- And notice what the next verse says, “Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him” (Exodus 23:21).
- That’s why God was so serious with the Israelites when the ten spies brought back the report that they could not conquer Canaan, because they were doubting the power of Jesus.
- Present day Connection
When we doubt the power of Jesus we not only lose out on the Promised Land, eternal life, but we face eternal death.
- Hence, Jesus said we must be like little children (Matthew 18:3). For only they were allowed to enter the Promised Land, along with Joshua and Caleb in the Old Testament.
Thank You for Your Word LORD!
- The specified blessings are dependent on the Israelites’ obedience (Exodus 23:25).
- Wow! God prophesies that even before it happens (Exodus 23:28)!
- That goes back to the danger of doubt (Exodus 23:28).
- So is the Christian journey, “By little and little, ” (Exodus 23:30).
- See, that was my point with David and Moab becoming his servants (Exodus 23:33 and 1 Chronicles 18:2). (In a recent Bible Study my question was if God really wanted the Moabites to be David’s servants). “For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee…They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make a sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee, ” (Exodus 23:31-33).
That’s where Israel’s problem lied; by denying the Angel, inherently, God, that was an act of worshiping the gods of the inhabitants. Thus, they missed out on many blessings.
Let us obey God and fully put our faith and confidence in the mighty name of Jesus!
The LORD has inspired me, so one day I will write a sermon entitled, “Dangerous Doubt”.