Exodus 23 & 24: Will You Obey The Angel?
Verse of the Day: (23:20) Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
1. Angel (23:1-33)
For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off. (23:23)
God through Moses commanded Israel to be truthful and honest in all their words and works, and also to institute the feasts of unleavened bread, harvest and ingathering as thanksgiving for all His providence. God sent an Angel to Israel who was none other than His Son, Jesus Christ, to be with them, and lead and help them to overcome all their struggles so that they could eventually possess the land of Canaan, the Promised Land. Indeed, let us thank God for all His promises, and trust and obey Him, that He is always with us, and shall lead and help us to overcome all our struggles, and one day, He shall promote us to be with Him in His eternal home in glorious heaven. (Hebrews 13:5-6)
2. Altar (24:1-11)
And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. (24:4)
God commanded Moses to go to the mountain where He gave him commandments to teach Israel, and subsequently the world, as to how they could live godly lives for His glory. Before Moses went to the mountain, he built an altar and twelve pillars (representing the twelve tribes of Israel) to worship God, and sacrificed offerings and sprinkled blood, to atone for his sins and the sins of Israel. By faith, Moses prophesied to Israel that one day, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Lamb of God, shall come to earth to be the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. (Hebrews 11:28) Whosoever trusts and obeys Christ shall not perish, but have everlasting life with Him. (John 3:16)
3. Aaron (24:12-18)
And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them. (24:14)
God commanded Moses to appoint Aaron and Hur to represent him to lead Israel as Moses shall be with Him at the mountain for forty days and forty nights. Indeed, success in leadership is when leaders train successors to lead their people. Godly leadership is when godly leaders train other godly leaders. (2 Timothy 2:2). However, Aaron failed as a godly leader as he led Israel to worship the golden calf instead of God. (Exodus 32:1-6)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to trust and obey the Angel, the Lord Jesus Christ.