Life of Moses Lesson 9 Day 4

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My answers to study questions for Exodus 23

7.  a.  Exodus 23:1-9 Deals with matters of justice and truth. Although I’ve never had to give testimony in court, I have participated in verbally convicting someone only to learn later of their extenuating circumstances. So many times I see the challenges faced by others, and realize how easy it is to judge them as lazy or irresponsible. I’m thinking of one specific family I help regularly. Only a few people know how desperate their circumstances are.

b.  In Exodus 23:10-19 the general concerns are rest and remembrance.

  • Rest for the land
  • Rest for servants and animals
  • Remembering their deliverance from captivity
  • Remembering and giving thanks to God their provider

c.  God shows compassion and wants us to do the same—

  • when we work hard
  • when we lose a spouse
  • when a child loses a parent
  • when we are poor
  • when an animal is injured or abused
  • when people are falsely accused
  • anytime we are vulnerable

8.  The angel in Exodus 23:20 likely refers to a pre-incarnate manifestation of Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:4 says that Christ followed the Israelites, and 1 Corinthians 10:9-10 speaks of the Israelites tempting Christ. AWMI

The Angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in the burning bush and led them in the tall cloud.

9.  a.  “I wills” in Exodus 23:22-31I counted 12 in the NASB version including “My Angel will” and “He will.” I found 11 in the NIV.

b.  Things God promised to for Israel—

  • I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. Exodus 23:22
  • I will completely destroy them. Exodus 23:23
  • He will bless your bread and your water. Exodus 23:25
  • I will remove sickness from your midst. Exodus 23:25
  • I will fulfill the number of your days. Exodus 23:26
  • I will send my terror ahead of you. Exodus 23:27
  • I will send hornets before you to so that they will drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites before you.. Exodus 23:28
  • I will drive them out little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land. Exodus 23:30
  • I will fix your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates; Exodus 23:31
  • I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you. Exodus 23:31

c.  God required Israel to—

  • ..if you truly obey his voice and do all that I say Exodus 23:22
  • You shall not worship their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their deeds Exodus 23:24
  • You shall utterly overthrow them and break their sacred pillars in pieces. Exodus 23:24
  • You shall serve the Lord your God. Exodus 23:25

10.  a.  God’s patient and wise care—

  • He will throw their enemies into fear and confusion before they even arrive. The Israelites will already have the advantage. Exodus 23:27-28
  • God will not drive out the inhabitants in a single year because the Israelites wouldn’t be able to care for it themselves. The wild animals would become too numerous. Exodus 23:29-30

b.  I’m thankful the Holy Spirit gently convicts me of little things I used to consider unimportant. He doesn’t jerk a knot in me with an all-out condemnation assault. Which I well deserve.

He’s teaching me to silently ask for guidance when minor annoyances come along. When I do, He shows me how to respond in a better way or says don’t react at all.

 I’m making an effort to be thankful—a much better use for my tongue—diverting my focus from the complaint du jour.

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