Week #11; Wed. 3/14/18: Ex. 20:1-26:37
The account of the Red Sea crossing at: http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/bb971126.htm appears support God giving of the Ten Commandments in Arabia at Mt. Jabel El Laws, the mountain of God beyond the Gulf of Acaba in Midian. Archeological presentations appear to also give some support to such a location. My own reading renders a time-line in Scripture that lends credibility to Arabia, as does Paul in Galatians 4:22-26. As we read further, I’ll be looking for other geographical and timeline indicators as to the path the Hebrews took through the wilderness. Please share any you find in your reading.
20. The Ten Commandments are given by God. Note the the fifth commandment on honoring father and mother is the only commandment with a promise (vs. 12).
21. The rules of slavery give strict guidance to the owners. Note how family members are sold into slavery. Rules of conflict have strict penalties too (i.e., eye for an eye, etc.) and other restitution.
22. Other social injustices are heard by the the Lord adjudicates His wrath on evildoers. Note how the firstborn are to be given to God; the Sabbath and feasts are to be observed in season. God sent His angel to guard the people and bring them to the place that He appointed, Canaan.
23. Hornets will drive out the enemies of the people. He set the boundaries for His people (v. 31). He cautioned against serving the Gods of their enemies.
24. Moses came up to the Lord with Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and 70 of the elders of Israel to worship the Lord from afar. Moses alone was allowed to come near to the Lord. God gave him the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandments He wrote for instruction. The people promised they would do what the Lord commanded and be obedient. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.
25. The Lord gave Moses the exact instructions for the Sanctuary using the gold, silver and bronze, plus many other things they received from the Egyptians. The Lord instructed Moses to build an ark to hold the testimony to be put into it. It will have a mercy seat and two cherubim of gold. This is where God spoke about meeting with Moses from the mercy seat to give him commandments for the people. Instructions were also given for the table for bread and the golden lampstand of pure gold.
26. The details for the tabernacle were also extensive requiring skillful workers and fine materials including a covering of tanned ram’s skins and goatskins on top. The Most Holy Place is to the location for the mercy seat and the ark of the testimony. Each part of the tabernacle had a directional significance. Note that no provisions were made for a tabernacle prior to the crossing of the Red Sea.
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