Wednesday, January 6, 2016

JEHOVAH Says, "No One Is To Appear Before ME Empty-Handed"

Exodus 23:1-32 NIV

Sabbath Laws

10“For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, 

11but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.

12“Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.

13“Be careful to do everything I Have Said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.

The Three Annual Festivals

14“Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival To ME.

15Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, As I Commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in that month you came out of Egypt.

No one is to appear Before ME empty-handed.

16Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.

Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.

17“Three times a year all the men are to appear before The SOVEREIGN LORD.

18“Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice To ME along with anything containing yeast.
“The fat of My Festival Offerings must not be kept until morning.

19“Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the House of The LORD your GOD.

“Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.

GOD’s ANGEL to Prepare the Way

20See, I AM Sending an ANGEL ahead of you To 

Guard you along the way and To Bring you to the 

place I Have Prepared. 

21Pay attention To HIM and listen To WHAT HE Says. Do 

not rebel Against HIM; HWILL Not Forgive your 

rebellion, since MY Name Is In HIM.

22If you listen carefully To WHAT HE Says and 

do all that I Say, I WILL Be an enemy to your enemies 

and WILL Oppose those who oppose you. 

23MY ANGEL WILL Go Ahead of you and Bring you into 

the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, 

Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I WILL Wipe 

them out. 24Do not bow down before their gods or 

worship them or follow their practices. You must 

demolish them and break their sacred stones to 

pieces. 25Worship The LORD your GOD, 

and HIS Blessing Will Be on your food and water. I Will 

Take away sickness from among you, 26and none will 

miscarry or be barren in your land. I Will Give you 

full life span.

27“I WILL Send MY terror Ahead of you and throw into 

confusion every nation you encounter. I WILL Make all 

your enemies turn their backs and run. 28I WILL Send 

the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, 

Canaanites and Hittites out of your way.  

29But I WILL Not Drive them Out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. 

30Little by little I WILL Drive them Out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.

31“I WILL Establish your borders from the Red Seaa to the Mediterranean Sea,b and from the desert to the Euphrates River. I WILL Give into your hands the people who live in the land, and you will drive them out before you. 

32Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods. 

33Do not let them live in your land or they will cause you to sin Against ME, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you.”

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