The Promise – Exodus 23

For some reason, I had to dig a bit to find something relevant to today. At first, I found the prescriptions for feasts and explaination of laws to be only applicable to the children of Israel.

But, I like what the Matthew Henry Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible had to say:

It is here promised that they should be guided and kept in their way through the wilderness to the land of promise, Behold, I send an angel before thee, mine angel. The precept joined with this promise is, that they be obedient to this angel whom God would send before them.

How reasonable are the conditions of this promise; that they should serve the only true God; not the gods of the nations, which are no gods at all. How rich are the particulars of this promise! The comfort of their food, the continuance of their health, the increase of their wealth, the prolonging their lives to old age. Thus hath godliness the promise of the life that now is. It is promised that they should subdue their enemies. Hosts of hornets made way for the hosts of Israel; such mean creatures can God use for chastising his people’s enemies.

In real kindness to the church, its enemies are subdued by little and little; thus we are kept on our guard, and in continual dependence on God. Corruptions are driven out of the hearts of God’s people, not all at once, but by little and little. The precept with this promise is, that they should not make friendship with idolaters. Those that would keep from bad courses, must keep from bad company. It is dangerous to live in a bad neighbourhood; others’ sins will be our snares. Our greatest danger is from those who would make us sin against God.

I can vouch for this truth. For me, I can feel Him moving me towards Him little by little…sometimes it feels agonizingly slow, but those times I feel I’m being moved too fast, my nature tends to stiffen and resist. God knows exactly what He’s doing and just when to do it.

Avoid hanging out with those who would make you sin against God. Good word, Mr. Henry.

peace,
e

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