Exodus 23:20-33

Oct 18, 2020 | Exodus, Messages

Exodus 23:20-33 ESV 20 “Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. 21 Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him. 22 “But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. 23 “When my angel goes before you and brings you to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, and I blot them out, 24 you shall not bow down to their gods nor serve them, nor do as they do, but you shall utterly overthrow them and break their pillars in pieces. 25 You shall serve the LORD your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you. 26 None shall miscarry or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. 27 I will send my terror before you and will throw into confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. 28 And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites from before you. 29 I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply against you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land. 31 And I will set your border from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates, for I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you. 32 You shall make no covenant with them and their gods. 33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.”

 

We’re continuing a series this morning on Exodus.

We are all the way to chapter 23. You say, Well, I count the chapters. There’s like 17 chapters. Are we gonna take a whole another year to get through that?  No, we will be wrapping this up in the next month, month and a half year is the hope, so we are in Exodus 23, if you have your Bibles with you, I invite you to open up to that passage with me. We will go to a couple other different passages this morning, this is why we considered the last section of the first covenant that God makes with the people of this rule, the Sinai Covenant…what happens in the structure of the book, many of you may know that the first 18 chapters of access are the story of God’s deliverance of the people of this role from Egypt, so they’re enslaved in Egypt, they’re set free from Egypt with the 10 plagues and the miracles that happen. Pharaoh’s army chases them down. They go through the Red Sea, and they get to the other side of the Red Sea.

 

After there’s a few little tests in there, but shortly there after they come to Mount Sinai at the beginning of chapter 19, and

 

God in Exodus at the beginning of chapter 19, that You are a royal priesthood, a holy possession. He calls them that, he doesn’t say, Look, you need to do certain things, and then you will become that. Now, he starts with, This is who you are, then he’s gonna move to chapter to anybody know? It’s in Exodus Chapter 20, some of the most famous verses in all of the Bible.

 

The Ten Commandments, that’s right. The 10 Commandments are… Next is Chapter 20, and these 10 Commandments are given us kind of a backbone of morality in the nation of Israel, and then from there, at the end of chapter 20, And through the passage we’re in here today, there are a bunch of different laws.

 

Some of the laws have to do with what we would call civil laws or case laws. You have heard probably a lot about case laws over the last week with the supreme court nominee who’s talking about all these different decisions that were made and everything, they’re essentially case laws there. Okay, so what does righteousness look like in a broken world, we know we’re supposed to live righteously, but what about when an ox get gets free and gores somebody to death, what is righteousness look like in that situation and he goes through and he says, Look, well, if the act was a known gorer, which I didn’t know there was such a thing, but if it was well known for doing this and being an aggressive animal and the owner did not put protection around that or to keep him from getting out and hurting someone well, in that case, the owner should be held responsible in some way for what happened to the person who died, and so there’s all these case laws in there about this kind of thing, what does right is to look like in a broken world. Because we’re not gonna be able to do away with death or anything like that, so we move from there all the way till chapter 23, and that’s where we find ourselves today.

 

23 is, if you are putting these terms, I think the Exodus is framed this way, is like the marriage vows, you know in marriage vows where you say to have in a hold from the day forward and in sickness and health as long as we both shall live…. that kind of thing. The promises you make to one another, it’s like that, that’s what this particularly… And then were so fascinating about, this is Chapter 24 is gonna be the marriage supper, and that marriage supper that takes place, I’ve been looking forward to that serving for a long time in Chapter 24, and that marriage supper takes place is gonna be me… The picture here on earth, that is useful, Revelation 21, where we hear about the marriage supper of the lamb, a day in the future when Jesus Christ brings His people to Himself in a new creation, and we celebrate. It’s gonna be an amazing day as we see our Savior face-to-face on that day, and Chapter 24 is kind of that the early picture of that marriage supper. We’ll get to that next week. These, like I said, are like the vows. Now, any vow that you make it, a marriage vow, when you make it to someone is gonna have and hold from the day forward, it’s a commitment to a journey through life.

 

How many of you married out there today are exactly the same people you were when you got married, it would change, right, you gotta commit to being faithful to person as they were that day, but to the person as they always will be… You made a commitment to that person to journey through life together and to love them and commit yourselves to them only as you both grow and change and get older and lose hair and all that stuff, right. That’s wonderful. And this passage here is a journey… It’s a commitment to a journey… We all go through journeys in our life, so here’s how I want you to frame that, I know that… Well, we read about the Hittites… Your eyes glaze over a little bit. Right, but I want you to see that each one of us, you’re supposed to map our lives on to the journey of the Israelites, from Egypt, in bondage, in slavery, all the way through to the promised land, we’re supposed to map our lives on to that, and we recognize each one of us, that there was an amazing moment, if you place your faith in Jesus Christ, when He delivered you from your sins and he delivered you in future judgment for your sins once and for all.

 

And He brought you to himself, and he looked at you and he called you my chosen my child. And thats an amazing moment. Just like happened in the early part of Exodus from chapters 10 through chapter 19, and then there’s a moment where he brings you to himself and he helps you understand, Look, yes, you’re my child. Now, I want you to act like it. Don’t act like a child of the devil. Don’t look like a child of this world, I hope a child of God and guess who God is, God is love and God is holy, so there are ways you should live and each one of us… If we’ve placed our faith in Jesus Christ, we come to this moment where we have to decide, will it be my way or God’s way? Will be my way or God’s way? Will I choose to obey what God has clearly laid out in His word? I choose to make my own way. Which is the original sin. The original sin is saying, I will determine for myself what is good, not listen to the voice of God and what He says is good and bad. And so many of us, so many of us, in our life live moment in this temptation, all of us, the moment by moment in this temptation to decide for ourselves what is good.

 

It might be because that’s what we want. And so we say, it must be good.

 

It might be because that’s how we’ve always been raised, and we say, Well, I could have been raised wrong, it might be because there are certain traditions we fall in or whatever, but we all mean to come under the authority of our Lord and what He says in His word, and when he says to a obey to live righteously, to flee from sin. We obey. So we have each one of us and one of us a Mount  Sinai experience where he’s given us the law, written it on our hearts to obey Him, and then after he’s called us his own, he requires obedience, then we see all these failures and these wilderness wanderings and I’m like, Do you know happens in the story of Israel right after this, they come up to the land, it… But look in the land, 12 men want to spy on Canaan, Come on, you know what to… Or bad. And two were good. What do you think he saw in Canaanm ten were bad and two were good? Some saw grapes clusters long, some saw God was in it all. 10 were bad and 2 were good. And so 10 of them come away and say there’s no way we can do this, those 10 are gonna be directly rejecting what God says in Exodus 23, that’s

 

What’s so wrong about what they said. Some of them are gonna say, No, we should obey. So they bring back to the people of Israel. What are the people… This role aside, or the maturity must be right, right. There are 10 a majority. So they must be right. Right?

 

Now, they were wrong nearly, they went along and they were scared and they doubted God as well, and so what happened, 40 years of wandering, and we all… The journey of our life includes moments where we’ve chosen not to listen to God and His Word and what He promises and what He tells us to do, and

We go through a wilderness wandering period, right. And you look back at your life and you say, Yeah, that week, that month. Those years with my wilderness wanderings.

 

And then we see the moment where they get into the land and what… This passage, by the way, is gonna set up the next five books of the Bible… Well, I’m gonna skip over, not because they’re not important, but because they’re part of this phase, you’ve got Exodus to Numbers to Deutermony, right after that, you got Joshua. That’s the conquest of the land. Judges, they’re in the land. Do you know what the key phrase in the Book of Judges is… Everyone did what was what? Right in what was in their own eyes… Yeah, that’s judges. So what do they do when they came to the land? They know they should be. What should they be doing? What’s right in God’s eyes? What are they doing? What’s right in their eyes? And what happens? Time time again, God disciplines them by allowing by… By removing some of the protection that’s around them and other nations come and take them, and then when we finally call back out to God… And we came from there. Since what does he do? He sends a judge. That’s why it’s called the Book of Judges. He sends a judge after Judge after judge, and then you got these kings that come out, but it’s basically the same thing, they did what was right in their eyes, they point to the king, even though they shouldn’t have, and even though God knew they would have according to Deuteronomy 24.

 

And so we see this time time again, you should look at the centuries of Israel’s history through here as a story board for your life, the ups and the downs, map your ups and downs on that, and note what happens, what happens You your own way. What Happens when you choose God’s way? Note, if there’s a reason are here. They are for are example. So we’re in this passage today, we’re in Exodus chapter 23, I’ve got three main points. It was a big idea. We all go through journeys in our life, but what does God require us… What does God require of us in the journeys of our life was the question, there are gonna be key points for that, but before I get to those two points, we’ve gotta do a little bit of interpretive upkeep first… Okay, in this passage, we gotta make sure we’re understanding this passage correctly, and we’re gonna get to those two points.

 

But the first point then is the interpretive upkeep. The first point I wanna show you is that God here promises to send a, what is 20, an angel to guard you on the way and bring you to the place that I have prepared.

 

Now, the temptation, when you read the word angel, the temptation that you’re gonna have is you’re gonna think, Okay, so he’s sending curly haired, blonde haired, bright, shining, white robes. White wings. Yeah, that’s what your vision… That’s what people envision when they first think of angels… There’s the problem with that interpretation. That picture is not in the Bible. Ever. Don’t envision that. Number one. Number two, this passage here-the ascending angel is almost certainly a manifest presence of God himself. Now, you have to understand a few things. When we use the word angel, we think of a race of creatures like humans, it’s not that it’s more like a term used in a broad category, for spiritual beings. So you have to have that in your mind, I’m gonna give you several reasons why this is clearly not just a powerful spiritual being like Gabriel or something like that, who’s there, but this is God himself with His people in a manifest form, this is what is known in theological circles as a Christophany, you say Christophany Okay, that’s a little easier to say. Because of Frozen, right? Christophany and then one, but you can also say It’s a premade appearance of Jesus Christ, and what we mean by eating one of those is before the time, the moment when Jesus was going on this or on the Virgin Mary, He still existed from all eternity.

 

So what happened before then was he just like hanging out and having somewhere… I don’t mean to be disrespectful at all, not as answer, No, I believe the Bible teaches us very clearly that there are times when Jesus appears in physical form throughout the Old Testament, here he takes on a form of a spiritual being – gives no description in this passage of what that is now, that is a theological understanding… Let me give you the reasons why. The first reason is because Jesus says in John 8-24, before Abraham was I AM. You know that phrase I AM. Do you remember when that was said, first, the burning bush, Exodus Chapter 32, it says, I am that I am, and Jesus is clearly saying, what I am. Who said that back then?

 

Do you know what who says that to Moses? the Angel of the Lord.

 

And that’s interesting. So just for us, His own words, Jesus is claiming to be the Angel, the Lord from Exodus Chapter 3. Now, I believe he’s also using that here, so that’s just… That’s just from Jesus own words. Now, let’s look at this passage, and let’s see what kind of being this angel that’s with the people of Israel is. As we work through this passage before, we see in verse 20, that this angel will guard and bring them to the place that I are prepared. So this angel is gonna bring them to the Promised Land with some kind of supernatural power. Right. Okay, fantastic. THen verse 21, gets , this doesn’t seem like in the realm of angels, and pay careful it to pay attention to him, a careful attention. Do not rebel against Him, for He will not pardon your sin. Who can Forgive sin, but God alone. Who can forgive sin to God alone. Or how about, for my name is in Him. who caries name of YAHWEH? Or how about verse 22? If you carefully obey all that I say, look at… Did you see that? You carefully open his voice and you all that I say, You see how he’s creating those two was saying, These are the same things.

 

Again, his voice is obeying my voice of doing what I say.

 

And finally in Verse 22, I would be immediate means an adversary to your adversaries. This is a direct reference to Genesis Chapter 12, Verse 3, that God will bless those who bless Abraham and curse those who curse Abraham. So that’s something that God does. So we have multiple things here that are clear with God, things seems that God alone us. We’ve got Jesus himself claiming to be the angel of Exodus, and we’ve got good theological grounding for why this would occur, so in other words, this is important, this is a really important interpretive note for me because of the first point, it’s not my first point, ’cause I moved it around, one of my later points in the Sermon, who’s going to be the God does not leave his people alone, and God could send angels to care for you and me, and that would be great. And sometimes he does. But how much better is it that God says, I will never leave you or forsake you. See, that’s this. If you read this and you only see, Oh, there’s like a powerful spiritual being that’s with them, you’re gonna miss it. This is clearly God with them in a manifest presence on them to care for them.

 

So my question to you is, What does God require you? As you go on the journey of your life, what does God want of you this morning as you go on the journey of your life, the first point that I’m gonna say is that God requires of you trust, trust in His mighty and generous provisions. We ask you, what is trust? When it says, If you come to a point in your life where you’re on a difficult moment and somebody quotes to you, Proverbs 3:5 and says, I just trust in the Lord with all your heart. And you say, But how? I don’t know what you mean, I want to, but I can’t… I don’t know how to do that in this moment, what trust, even me, it’s a great idea. We were talking about it in church, but that moment, when crisis hits and you know you should trust… How do you trust? Is the question?

 

Trust is taking God at His word. He says he’ll do it. And he’ll do it. He says, You do this, so you do that.

 

Trust is not neither passive, more active. It is letting God do what he says he does. And then you’re being content to do what God tells you to do, that’s all trust is… So I’ll give you an example how many times I’ve counseled that young person on whether they should go to this college or that college, or a similar life decision.

 

And they come to me and they’re destraught and he’s like, I just don’t know what the will of God is. I wanna trust God, but I don’t know what to do. I listen to them and I hear what they’re struggling with, but I always… I’ve learned the value of asking some prodding questions about their spiritual life, ’cause I found that those who are having the hardest time trusting God or not… Or being God. And the things they know they should be doing.

 

So for example, I had one person one time really struggle knowing whether or not to go to college or what college to go to with really discover… Struggling with that decision, I say, Okay. I have a question for you. Hows your relationship with your boyfriend ’cause we talk once upon a time about you guys maybe not being as pure as you should be, are you doing what you should be in that area? Because what does First Thessalonians say? You wanna know what the will of the Lord is. This is the will of God, even your sanctification. You’ve obstain from sexual immorality, you wanna know what the will of God is… He cares, I’ve said this before, he cares far more about the type of person that you are, then he cares about where you go to school…

 

Let’s see. Doesn’t care about where you go to school. He does and he orchestrates those events, but he’s given you specific requests in his words, that request commands in His Word, are you following what you know He’s called you to do? So You go down the line, are you in this world, are you meditating on his word, dignitary, giving your anxieties over to him, because you know you Castor, You… Are you obeying your parents, are you being a good husband, a good wife, Are you serving in the church, are you loving your Neighbors, or you’re sharing the Gospel with those around you were… I’ve yet to meet somebody who is like… Yup, yup, yup, yup, yup, yup. I got it. They did go through those and they were still struggling with what to do then, we can work on this thing.

 

But what you’ve got, you’ve got an unsettled-ness about a direction in your life that God has not intended you to know about, he’s intended you to know about what He’s called you to do today. So what is Israel’s responsibility in this? As You read through the case, you see over and over again that her job is to serve the Lord, their job is to break the idols and destroy them.

 

That’s like it. And we’ll talk more about what it means to listen and obey and things like that, but that’s it.

 

Their job is to follow what God has said to do, and there is no instruction here about, Oh, by the way, you should use the this battle strategy against the Hittites, this one against the Canaanites or whatever. He do that, God doesn’t give them that. He says, I will worry about this stuff, you worry about what Ive given you to do… You got enough on your plate. We don’t do that part well.

 

So trust, trust is listening and trusting the God we work on our behalf, and I just want a point out verse 20-21, who’s with them… This angel, the manifest presence of God is with them. He moved on and was, like I mentioned earlier, is very reminiscent of Matthew 28, where he says, Look, I’m with you always to The end of the age. He’s given His Holy Spirit to us as a down payment, our natural response… My natural response is to say, I don’t feel like he’s with me, or some might say, I don’t deserve him to be with me. My question is, are you content to stop struggling and simply let it be true. God is with me, it may not make perfect sense, you might not always be able to sink up perfectly with the truth in God’s word emotionally, mentally the way you should, but are you willing to simply let it be true in your heart is true objectively, but are you willing to appreciate apprehend that truth and let it be true in your heart is the question. God is with us when God also promises here from these roles, he would work on their behalf. Did you notice all that? What does he do with 25 and 26? Serve the Lord or God, and He would bless your bread and your water, I will take sickness away from among you. That is not promise For America struggling with covid 19 today. Okay, just so were clear on that. Verse 26, none of you miscarry in your land, I will number of your days.

 

And we can go on and on. There are three main things that God promises. Four is where you can put it in three categories here, the First one would be like fatality, long life, the ability to bear children and to fill the land, the second one would be, I do blessing and fruitfulness in general success in what they try to do. The third one would be the promise that the land itself would be theirs… Actually is to say this for the fourth one, is that there would be a deliverance from the enemies. Now, as you have your Bible knowledge, I want you to go back through in the Bible and think, when was the first time God promised land? Offspring? Blessing and deliverance from enemies? Genesis Chapter 12, the Abrahamic Covenant. If you want to, you can go there with me, I’m gonna read it out loud for you, ’cause I want you to hear it, I want you to recognize what’s going on here.

 

Jesus Chapter 12, verses 1 through 3 says Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”This is the first time that God makes promises to Abraham There are two others. It becomes clear that God is promising Abraham, I am going to give you a child. I am going to give you offspring, I am going to give you land. I am promising. Now, the only reason why I bring this up, it’s really important interpretively.

 

I don’t always get to talk about some of these theological ideas, and sometimes there are crazy stuff out there that confuses people a lot, each one of the covenants is built on the last and really fulfills the last.

 

So from the very first promise of Adam and Eve… I’m commanding you to fill the Earth and subdue it, and implicit in that is, listen to my voice and obey it. When Adam and Eve sin, later on, there comes another command that’s almost word for word, the same to Noah and his family, and From there, you have this other command with Abraham, just a few chapters after that, where Abraham is told to go to the certain land that generally marks out the boundaries of where the Garden of Eden was, and he Says, Fill that land. And it says, You should be fruitful there, bless you there. And all of these things are very, very much like the Genesis account, and then as you move forward to Mount Sinai, it’s a promise to Israel again that they will do this, but they have the same promises as well, but the beauty of this passage is that it pushes us out more, it Gives you a greater clarity on what it means, what does it mean to listen to the voice of the Lord, Well, Ive got 10 commandments to show you. What does it mean that God will bless you and protect you in this broken world? Well, I got this clearly for you, this was ultimately…. this ultimately found its fulfillment, I’m not gonna go into all of that, there might be a later date, but this passage, the promise of verse 30, the specific 30 and 31 boundaries that are given there is fulfilled. You can look up on your own in 1 Kings chapter 4, verse 21 and 24 through 25. The Israelites clearly have those boundaries fulfilled under the days of Solomon, and so any theologies, that would say that’s still ahead for the nation of Israel have not understood what the word of God is teaching us. So I just take a moment here. We were called to trust in His power and His generous provisions, right? Here God promises that not only will he be with them, but he will work on their behalf to protect them, to guard them, to give them victory and the endeavors…

 

Now we have to ask the question, Does God promise you today that you have many kids, does God promise you today that you will have a long life, does God promise you today that you will have blessing, Does God promise you today that you have a little plot in the Middle East that you get to live. Are these words for you?

 

And you should say, yes, but no, it should be the answer. Because the New Testament is gonna draw this out and he’s gonna say no, in fact, believers in Jesus Christ will often face persecution and death and peril and sword, and trial, and nakedness and starvation. Paul did. And All who desire to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. And you got a whole long list Christians were facing from the Romans on a daily basis. So what happened here?

 

Again, you have to map your life onto what happened in here, and the question is, What is the Promised Land that God is leading us to? Is it a nation? Is it that you finally get to own that house that you’ve always wanted to own, is that if you believe enough, God’s finally gonna give you blessings and you’re finally alive where you wanted to arrive… No, no, the promises that God will work on our behalf are today for us, a greater still blessing that He gives us. I would rather have peace in my soul than 100 trillion dollarss, Amen?, many who have had money have found that it cannot buy peace in your soul. And so the blessings that God promises here end up pointing beyond that to a promise that God gives His people that today we have the already not promises of God.

 

Where today God has delivered his people from their sin, the greater Egypt. Today, God has delivered people through the Red Sea, which in Second Peter is the baptism that we go through, we died to self and ways to move like today we have a new life and a new creation, today we have the blessings of the Holy Spirit, the down payment of our future inheritance, that is coming, there is coming a day is promised to us a day when God’s gonna make this world right and it is broken, Amen? And we’re working, we labor today for the good of the area in which we live, but it is broken. And as my dad talked about today in a Sunday school lesson, it is broken because sinners still live in it. You can’t get rid of all sin.

 

Our Hope is in the deliverance of Jesus Christ in his coming, a day when God will ransom for all, remove the curse from the earth, remove the sin from the earth, remove the pain and the tears from this earth, and then he’ll give it to his people. And it won’t just be a plot of land in the Middle-East, it’ll be the entire world. And I call the mountains. If he gives it to me. The only justified response that we can give from all of these type of promises that God gives, the only justified response that the Israelites should have given is… Okay. Okay, plus, point number two A Commitment. This is a little shorter, but I want you to see it, I want you to see it.

 

The warnings to obey are only applicable to a people who have already become God’s, that happened in Chapter 19. You can never obey enough to become God’s people. By grace, you’re saved. Through faith it is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, it is not of works, so that no one can boast. Listen today, you cannot be good enough to be God, that God does promise to deliver you through Jesus Christ, and if you will simply trust, that he’s done that for you, for Jesus Christ just death on the cross, He Delivers you from death to life if you are His people, and I invite you to do that today. The response that his people give is a 100% commitment, and there should be no inbetween…

 

Goes with us through our redemptive journey from beginning to end. What obedience is expected of us? Look at it, there’s 24. What should you do? You shall not bow down to their gods or serve them, or do as they do, but you shall utterly overthrow them and break your idol in pieces. What was it? Same 22, you carefully obey all that I say on over and over again, he says the same thing, it is not, you can’t live in a land Israel. I could not live in a land where some of them were committed to God, and the rest of them will say, Well, mate, statues are kind of nice that they built… Let’s keep him around.

 

I kinda like some of how they used to worship around the harvest time that they call prostitutes, let’s keep those around. Which is exactly what the Israelites did.

 

It is not enough for you once you’ve tasted of the grace of God and the deliverance that he offers, to then sit back and say, Well, that was nice, maybe I’ll show up on Sunday, maybe I’ll try a little harder today… No, it is ours obey, and we studiously look into God’s Word and listen to what God says for us to do, and then we with our whole heart following not because it saves us, but because of the mercies of God that have been shown to us. This is the commitment. Now, do you know the story of the Israelites? Like I said, they kept some of the idols around, they dealt with him for years and at different points and different times they did really well… Yeah, grading on a curve. They did really well.

 

Most of the time, they were terrible with this, they did not obey the voice of God, they lived however they wanted…

 

And so we see little by little, they trended further and further down until the nations split in two and the northern tribes, little by little, those northern tribes would not obey anything God said. And so what happened to the 10 northern tribes? Taken into the captivity. They’re gone.

 

The Two southern tribes had moments of good things with some of their kings, and they stayed around a little bit longer, but They weren’t listening to the voice of the Lord and they weren’t dedicated, they weren’t committed, they weren’t where they should have been with it, and what happened to them? This is what the writer of Hebrews is thinking when he says these words.

 

He’s thinking about the journey that each one of us faces today in our life, and how it is very similar to the journey of the Israelites. He says this, It is impossible. In the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift and have shared in the Holy Spirit. And have tasted the goodness of the Word of God and the powers of the ages to come and bring have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up in content.

 

One of the most difficult passages in the Bible, but it is there in Hebrews to scare you if you are professing believer, it is written there in Hebrews to help you to realize that if you wander And you abandon God there is no, coming back. Now, from God’s perspective, we know what the Bible teaches that those who are truly is… Always says, We know that. And when people ask What’s going on here, it could be a number of things, but that passage there should scare you… You should understand that these words here, given in Exodus 23, ongoing promise and a threat, and ongoing promise And a threat for the Israelites, if you serve, if you’re way, if you’re committed, if you’re in, you can mess up, sometimes you’re gonna sin, God can be there to forgive that, but if you’re out and you just playing the part… There’s no forgiveness for you.

 

So my invitation to you today, Trust the deliverance of Jesus Christ, commit yourself to Him. Commit yourself to Him

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