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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Exodus 22

This morning I studied Exodus 22. We are still in the laws that God is giving Moses. It begins with the laws concerning the theft of private property. Then it goes on. These are the verses that stood out to me.

Exo 22:18 You shall not allow a sorceress to live.

Exo 22:19 Anyone lying with an animal shall surely be put to death.

Exo 22:20 One sacrificing to a god, except it is to Jehovah only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

Exo 22:21 You shall neither vex a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

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

Exo 22:25 If you lend money to one of My people who is poor beside you, you shall not be to him as a money-lender, neither shall you lay upon him interest.

After my study, these are my conclusions:

I. Sorcery, withcraft is a capital crime. Their work is the devil's work and not God's. In appealing to the devil , rather than God, it is making the devil the god of this world. Invocating, consulting, or employing spirits for any intent is iniquity, sin. These spirits are evil spirits, demons, no matter what they appear to be, or what they feel like. Those who call forth the devil or his spirits are practising idolatry and breaking God's laws. It is a capital punishment. Here are a few other scriptures that support this.

Deu 18:10-12 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, an observer of clouds, or a fortune-teller, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or one who calls to the dead. For all that do these things are an abomination to Jehovah. And because of these abominations Jehovah your God drives them out from before you.

Leviticus 19:26b You shall not divine, nor conjure spirits.

Lev 20:6-7 And the soul that turns to mediums, and to spirit-knowers, to go lusting after them, I will even set My face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. And you shall sanctify yourselves, and be holy. For I am Jehovah your God

Lev 20:27 A man also or woman that has a medium or that is a necromancer, shall surely be put to death. They shall stone them with stones. Their blood is on them.

1Ch 10:13-14 And Saul died for his sin which he committed against Jehovah, against the Word of Jehovah, which he did not keep, and also for seeking of a medium, to inquire, and inquired not of Jehovah. And He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse.

Isa 19:3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst of it, and I will destroy its wisdom. And they shall seek to idols, and to the enchanters, and to the mediums, and to the future-tellers.

Mal 3:5 And I will come near you to judgment. And I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those who extort from the hired laborer's wages, and turning away the widow, and the orphan, the alien, and not fearing Me, says Jehovah of Hosts.

Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, will have their part in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

Talking about heaven:
Rev 22:14b-15 ...they may enter in by the gates into the city. But outside are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the fornicators, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and makes a lie.

As you can see, God is very explicit in the Old and New Testament about the sin of occultism. Anything to do with fortune-telling, sorcery, witchcraft, channeling spirits, necromancing, palmistry, divination (reading tea leaves, tarot cards, etc), horoscopes, conjury, etc. He doesn't say that you can't read some future events; or that there are no such things as ghosts; or that a person can't channel spirits. He does say that it is evil, the spirits are evil spirits (demons), and we are not to consult them or use them in any way. It opens the door to great evil and is a sin, an abomination before God. It is practising the worst kind of idolatry and opens the door for satan to consume you.

II. Bestiality is also a capital offense. Anyone having sex with an animal is so perverted that they must be killed.

Leviticus 18:23, 29 And you shall not lie with any animal to defile yourself with it. And a woman shall not stand before an animal to lie down to it. It is a perversion... For whoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls who commit them shall be cut off from among their people.

Other sins level men with the beasts, but these sexual perversions sink them much lower. It is a horrible offense according to God's Word.

III. Idolatry. An idol is an image or anything used as an object of worship in place of the true God. Two of the Ten Commandments are "Thou shalt not have any other gods before me" and "Thou shalt not make to yourselves any graven image". Many idols were in forms such as statues, sculptures, pictures. The Bible describes the heathens and their idols such as Baal, Dagon, Asherah, etc. God dealt severely with the Israelites for leaving Him to worship the idols of the heathen nations around them. Of course, there are really no other gods...only in people's minds where they elevate something to be a thing of worship and pay obeisance to. We also know that people can worship things that aren't in a form. People can worship money, jobs, families, a place in society, a political leader, a sport, a famous person, etc. You can even worship yourself. Therefore an idol is anything that is elevated to the place of god in your life. If you sacrifice all your time, thought, energy, money on something, it has become your god. If it takes presidence over God, it is an idol. If it is your first priority, over and above God, it is an idol. If you expend your talents in it's service, it is your god. You are wasting your time, your money, your energy, your talents on a worthless god. And idolatry was a capital offense.

IV. Foreigners, strangers, aliens. We are not to take advantage of foreigners. We are not to oppress them, abuse them, hold them in contempt, look down on them. Any of us could, one day, be a foreigner in a strange land and we would need someone to be kind to us and help us out. They are strangers to our language, culture, and habits. We should be helpful to them so that they would desire to convert to our religion and begin to worship our God. If we are cruel, abusive and take advantage of them, they would never want to convert to our religion. To be ugly to others reflects badly on Jesus Christ and His gospel of salvation and may turn them away from His saving grace. It is sinful to take advantage of those who are vulnerable.

V. Widows and Orphans. These are the vulnerable in our society. God commands us to be careful in our dealings with them. We are not to take advantage of them, we are not to abuse, oppress, or afflict them. They don't have a husband or father to protect them, provide for them, and keep their needs and desires before him in his dealings with the world. They don't have a man between them and the world. They don't have that protective covering and loving shelter. So we are to be careful with these, who are most vulnerable. God mentions His care and attention to the widows and orphans many times in His Word, in the Old and New Testament. If we don't take care of them and they cry out to God, He will be their husband and father and will take on their cause. The abuser, the oppressor, will die!

VI. Again, God refers to a vulnerable part of society...the poor. We are not to lend money to the poor and expect interest in return. A Hebrew (aka Israelite, Jew) was not to lend to another Hebrew and exact interest if it put an undue strain on that borrower. Exorbitant interest is called usury and is a sin. Taking advantage of the poor like this is sinful and shameful.

My devotion

I read Exodus 21 yesterday and studied it. The most famous verse is in this chapter.

Exo 21:23-25 And if any injury occurs, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

But contrast that with

Mat 5:38-39 You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth." But I say to you, Do not resist evil. But whoever shall strike you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

This seems contradictory doesn't it? So I studied it yesterday. Between all my commentaries this is what I came up with:

The original law was not meant for revenge and retaliation by private individuals. It has become corrupted. Jesus commands us to forgive and not exact revenge. But the law is to protect the innocent and keep order in our society. Judges should carefully consider the nature, quality and degree of wrong done so that reparation be made to the injured party. Law enforcement and judges are anointed as ministers of justice.

Rom 13:3-4 For the rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the bad. And do you desire to be not afraid of the authority? Do the good, and you shall have praise from it. For it is a servant of God to you for good. For if you practice evil, be afraid, for it does not bear the sword in vain; for it is a servant of God, a revenger for wrath on him who does evil.

It is not left to private persons to inflict revenge as their loss may lead to clouded judgement. It is up to the courts. This law was given as a civil one to regulate the procedure for a public servant in determining recompense.
Lady Justice is blindfolded so that she may impart justice impartially, objectively, no respecter of persons. She holds the scales of justice, weighing all things in balance. The sword represents swift punishment to the guilty party, even capital punishment where it is called for.

Personally, Christ is asking us to leave it to the law while you are to forgive and let it go before it destroys you. If the law fails to bring justice we must trust that God will exact justice. We are not to be consumed with unforgiveness, hate, obsession. Trust God, it will be attended to. You should check yourself for any ungodly impulses and feelings and submit your "rights" to God.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Conversation Between 2 dogs and a Mommy

Setting: At the Outerbanks, on the beach.

Dresden and Capo see the beach for the first time. It's hot but the water is cold. Mommy is trying to hold 2 Iggies on leashes and take photographs and video. Mommy carries the Iggies to the hard sand and sets them down.

"Ouch! That sand is hot, Mommy. Pick me up, pick me up!" - Capo, as he paws at Mommy legs.
"Buck up little man! This is no time to be timid. Mother has brought us to the beach of Normandy to kill Germans. Where are they? Where are they?" -Dresden as he paces around and around Mommy wrapping his leash around her legs.
"Germans!" - Capo whimpers!
"Yes, Krauts, Nazis, Germans! Just point me in the right direction, Mother. I'll save the motherland. God save the Queen and all that rot!" - Dresden says with his tail up.
"Dresden, this isn't Normandy and we aren't here to kill Germans. This isn't 1941." - Mommy as she snaps pictures of the surf.
"Ye gods, the War is over?" - Dresden as he looks up quizzically.
"Yes Dresden." - Mommy
"Oh thank goodness! I was getting 'fraid Mommy!" - Capo
"Who won?" - Dresden
"England and America." - Mommy
"Then what are we doing in this god forsaken place?" - Dresden
"My question exactly." - Capo
"I wanted ya'll to see the beach for the first time and see the ocean and take pictures of you two cavorting in the waves." - Mommy said dreamily. Then she turns the camera on the boys.
"Yee gods, not water!" - Dresden yells.
"NNNOOOO!!!!" - scream Capo.
"Oh dear, now I have pictures of silly, scared dogs." -Mommy whines. She tries to maneuver the boys to the edge of the surf.
"No, I refuse to go near it!" - Dresden as he pulls on his leash.
"Me, either!" - Cap, as he pulls away in the other direction.
Meanwhile Mommy is trying to hop (because the leashes are wrapped around her legs) to the surf, hold the dogs safely and take pictures.
"Ooooooo! Something cold and wet is on my feet and legs." - groaned Capo.
"Yikes, it's so cold!" - shivered Dresden.
"Oh, it's fun, boys." - Mommy said as she changed from her camera to her video camera. She raises it up to film the ocean and she see people swimming. They are laughing at her and the dogs. - "Oops, we're making a spectacle of ourselves, boys."
"I don't care, let's go back to the hotel. This water stuff is scary." - Capo
"I second that motion. Let's retreat rapidly!" - Dresden
"But boys, you haven't cavorted in the waves." - Mommy, as she tried to videotape two wet, shivering dogs tied around her legs.
"Eek! Here it comes again." - squealed Capo
"Mother, I refuse to 'cavort'! Now, like the cowboys used to say, 'Let's get the heck out of Dodge!'" - Dresden
"OK, OK! Gimme a chance to unwind these leashes from around my legs." - Mommy says as she puts her camera away. - "Besides, I think I've ruined my expensive sandles."
Mommy sets the camera bag down, picks a boy up under each arm, grasps the camera bag in her fingers and flounders through the hot, soft sand back to the car.
"Let me wipe your paws with this towel to dry you off and get the sand off your toes." - Mommy
"It's your fault we are in this sandy shape." - sniffs Dresden.
"Just get it off! Get it off!" - Capo whines
"OK, now you're clean, we'll go back to the hotel." - Mommy as she cranks the car up.
"Next time please ask us before you assume we'd like to do something." - says Dresden as he snuggles on Mommy's lap.
"I'm just glad I didn't have to kill some family." - says Capo as he turns around three times in the passenger seat and settles down.
"Kill a family?" - asks a bewildered Mommy.
"Yeah, you know that family named Germans. The father was Kraut German, the mother was Nazi German and a little baby German." - said Capo sleepily as he tucks his nose and goes to sleep.
"Silly little man, thinking the Germans were a family." - snorts Dresden as his eyes begin to close.
"Yes, silly little boys." - Mommy says as she pats their heads and drives back to the hotel.

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