Exodus warning… Be careful to do all I tell you.

Most of my readers will know that I tend to emphasise the New Testament over the Old Testament. Having said that, one of my goals this year is to re-read the Bible through in its historical ordering of the books and using a translation that hasn’t any chapter and verse headings.

I’m in Exodus around chapters 22-23 and reading some of the various laws and principals for living that God has set for them….with the charge to Listen and be careful to do ALL I tell you to do…..

So far I have read stuff about how God would be against you if you didn’t care for the widow and orphan. How he would be against you if you oppressed and mistreated the foreigners amongst you. Then there is stuff about not charging interest to the poor, paying and accepting bribes. Don’t gossip, slander and tell lies about others. How to care for the poor amongst you and how the Sabbath day of rest was to bring about refreshment to both the working animals; servants / slaves and foreign workers. Don’t blaspheme the rulers of your people etc. Then there are the verses that deal with crime, sorcery and immorality.

In reading this I have reflected on how it seems many concentrate on a few verses against sexual immorality, sorcery and tithing and yet ignore the former…. Perhaps we truly need to stop and pay attention to what Jesus said…

Mat 23:23  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others….

I find it interesting that Jesus says that the weightier matters of the law are to do with Justice, Mercy and Faithfulness…… May mercy and justice be our catch cry…

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7 Responses to Exodus warning… Be careful to do all I tell you.

  1. vern j miroth says:

    I never cease to wonder how ppl think they can understand the so called New testament (renewed covenant is more accurate) without thorougly understanding the first covenant. Ya cant start a book in the middle and think you know what the plot is

  2. Craig Benno says:

    Hi Vern. I will argue the Bible isn’t and never was meant to be read as a book as such; rather its meant to be read as a journey….

    I would also argue that Paul never made it a priority to teach the Old Testament to the Gentile church; rather he taught the Gentile church how to be Christians in the then modern era…which is all about Christ…. Certainly he drew on the OT at times to prove his point… mostly though to engage with Jews that Jesus was the fulfilment of the OT and to the Gentile church when they become a little uppity towards the Jewish Christians; telling them to pull their head in.

    My point today was that a lot of people really seem to make a few verses paramount in the OT; without putting into practice the social justice issues which just as; if not more promoted…. I would argue that for the most part; the American church is guilty of this.

  3. vern j miroth says:

    I would of course disagree, Paul put the utmost importance on the Tanakh. It is 4:30 am and dont feel have the time to post supporting passages but I will try to get to it later. I find it interesting that you single out the American church as being guilty of ignoring social issues,, as if the European,,,or Australian,, church is not guilty of this.

    • Craig Benno says:

      It’s now 11:45pm here… so you are excused.

      Certainly my point is also directed towards the church world wide; my emphasis on the American church at the moment is because of its loudly heard vocalising at the moment in regards to political leanings…

      It seems that much of the Church is more bent towards supporting national policy which has a detrimental effect on the poor and increasing the wealth of the rich… I do say it seems.

  4. vern j miroth says:

    Oh and I didnt mean to imply it was meant to be read cover to cover as a novel but the Tanakh has as much,, if not more,, authority then the Brit Chadasha (NT).

  5. vern j miroth says:

    The Brit Chadasha is what is usually (incorrectly) referred to as the New Testament.
    There is no reason to believe that the “old covenant” is found in and only in Genesis- Malachi for the requirements of the covenant at Mt Sinai can be found in Ex 30-36. In the same way the New covenant could be said limited to Luke 22. There is no outdated scriptures and to ignore, or to at least put less emphasis and less authority on the Hebrew scriptures is to misunderstand the Word. There is NO WAY you can understand the Brit Chadasha without having a thorough understanding of the Tanakh.

    For example, Ephesians 2:8 is not a new idea that Paul was introducing, he was merely repeating a concept found throughout Torah. There are many many examples of passages that Christians misunderstanc because they dont know the Hebrew scriptures

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