I'm on a journey to read through the Bible in chronological order. Taking it one day at a time, I will read based on a list I found on the internet and blog about what happened, thoughts provoked, emotions conjured, etc. Enjoy!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Day thirty-seven: Exodus 22-24

Basically this is a continuation of the laws laid down in the previous reading.

~If someone breaks into your house, its only ok to kill him before sunrise
~Don't let your livestock graze in anothers field
~If you borrow and break/kill something, you must make restitution
~Don't have sex with animals
~Don't oppress aliens (for they were once aliens...I really like this one)
~Don't charge interest on a loan to a neighbor
~Don't withhold from the Lord and do not blaspheme

My favorite portion is on Justice and Mercy:
~Don't spread lies
~Don't follow the crowd in wrongdoing
~Return a neighbors donkey if you see that it's wandered off (even if you hate the neighbor)
~Don't accept bribes
~and again... don't oppress aliens
To me, these are very basic tenets of living. Its all about putting others first and ensuring that you are living an honest and just life.

God lays it out pretty clear... these are the things I ask of you, follow them, and you will receive all that I have laid out for you! God goes into great detail about all that He has before them: nations will tremble as they draw near and will obey them, their offspring will be great and live long lives, their enemies will run at their sight... all they have to do is obey the commands and not partake in other rituals or worship other gods. Seems pretty simple.

Moses and some of the Hebrew leaders ascend Mt. Sinai where the Lord is going to give Moses the stone tablets with the law on them. He stays on the mountain for 40 days and nights. My favorite part is where it says 16 and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. It give me such a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that God was right there! He was actually WITH Moses and he got to spend time with Him... jealous!

1 comment:

  1. We will spend time with God one day. Right there. And we will be in His prescence for longer than Moses was during that time. I can't wait!