EXODUS 23.32-33; EXODUS 24.1-2
Shalom. Our teaching this morning will come from Exodus 23.32-33 and Exodus 24.1-2.
READ EXODUS 23.32-33 & EXODUS 24.1-2
EXODUS 23.32-33 You shall make no covenant with them (the Canaanites) nor with their gods.
The word covenant in Hebrew is KAH’RAHT meaning An Alliance.
GOD said to the children of Israel, you shall make no covenant with the Canaanites, meaning, you shall not make any alliance with them, or be joined by any treaty or agreement with the Canaanites because they will make you sin against Me, for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare, or a trap to you.
The Canaanites would surely influence the children of Israel to adopt their disgusting ways and religious practices. Thus GOD said, make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. In fact, they must not live in your land which GOD renamed Israel, lest they make you sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will be a trap to you. LEVITICUS 20.22-27
(Leviticus 20.23) All these things – human sacrifice, all kinds of magic, consulting with the dead, wizardry or sorcery, cursing their father or mother, adultery, illicit sexual practices, homosexuality and much more.
GENESIS 15.16 Forty years after the exodus out of Egypt, the Jewish people, the Children of Israel were about to enter Canaan, the promised land. And the iniquity of the Canaanites, that is their sin, perversity and evil was in the eyes of GOD, full. That is their measure of sin was complete. It was the time for The LORD to cast out the Canaanites, and give the land to the children of Israel to possess it and inherit it for an everlasting possession. Genesis 17.8.
Some of the religious practices and customs of the Canaanites that were, and still are abominations to The LORD GOD Who is Yeshua The Messiah, are:
The pagan practice of polytheism, the belief in more than one god, or many gods. Their practice of all kinds of magic, witchcraft, consulting with the dead, magic spells, and much more. Immoral and unlawful sexual practices. Their worship of idols, human sacrifice, sacred prostitution, homosexuality, eunuch priests, and serpent worship. All an abomination to The LORD.
The Canaanite temples were dedicated to their head god el who they called the creator. His wife was the idol god asherah. Their son or grandson was the god baal who was the god of fertility. His wife was the goddess anath. She was the goddess of love and war. Reseph was the god of plagues. The Canaanites had hundreds of gods, if not thousands. All an abomination to The LORD GOD.
GOD said to the children of Israel, you shall make no covenant with the Canaanites, nor with their gods lest they make you sin against Me. GOD’s Chosen people, to whom GOD revealed the truth of the one true GOD, and His Word, His teachings, instructions, and His Laws could in no way co-exist with the Canaanites and their abominable practices.
The land of Canaan covered all of present day Israel west of the Jordan River where Israel is today. And extended to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which is most of Syria and much of today’s Iraq, to the Nile in Egypt. Those are the borders of Israel GOD has given to the Jewish people for an everlasting possession. And these boundaries GOD will re-establish at His return when He sets up His Messianic Kingdom in Israel. Genesis 15.18-21.
It is fortunate for all mankind everywhere, although so few realize it, that GOD chose the Jewish People to be His servant and witnesses to reveal to all humanity everywhere the knowledge of the One true GOD. The knowledge of GOD’S teachings, His instructions, and His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses for everyone to do them. And to love The LORD our GOD with all our heart, and with all our soul for our good. And the Jewish People have succeeded in being GOD’s witnesses by writing the entire Bible from Genesis through Revelation making known in public revelation to the world the GOD of Creation, and His Messiah Yeshua.
But the pure monotheistic faith of the Jewish people, the belief that there is only one GOD, and GOD’s requirement to keep His Commandments and Laws were continually in danger from the ungodly religious practices of the Canaanites that remained in the land of Israel.
Similar dangers exist today for both Jewish and non-Jewish people who receive and believe in the Jewish Messiah Yeshua Who is The One True GOD. The dangers are this. Great numbers of those good people are taught that GOD’s Laws that are written in The Law of Moses have ended, and are no longer in force. GOD calls that lawlessness, rebellion, the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness that is as iniquity and idolatry.
Isaiah 30.9, I Samuel 15.22-26, Matthew 7.23.
And many are taught the trinity that teaches the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three distinct persons and three different gods. That is polytheism, the doctrine or belief in more than one god, or in many gods. All an abomination to GOD.
When you received the Jewish Messiah Yeshua, The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, like the Jewish people, GOD separated you from other people to be Holy and Special to Himself above all the people that are upon the face of the earth. When you received Messiah Yeshua, GOD wrote His Law of Moses in your heart to obey them, and live by them. Then GOD becomes your GOD, and you become His People. Jeremiah 31.31-34. And GOD will make you a Peculiar Treasure to Himself above all people for the earth belongs to GOD. And you will be fully part of GOD’s Kingdom of Priests, and fully part of GOD’s Holy Nation, If you obey GOD’s Voice, and keep His Commandments and laws that are written in The Law of Moses. These are the teachings, instructions, and the laws of The One True GOD that The LORD would have you receive, and learn, and do for your good, and for the good of your family.
JOHN 4.22, ISAIAH 9.6(5), MICAH 5.2(1), DEUTERONOMY 8.2-3, LUKE 4.4, EXODUS 19.5-6
EXODUS 24.1-2 Moses was called by GOD to come up to Him in the mountain of GOD which is Mt. Sinai. And GOD also called Aaron, and Nadab and Abihu, the first and second born sons of Aaron, Exodus 6.23, and the seventy elders of Israel to go up with Moses.
Nadab and Abihu are the two that were later killed by GOD for offering strange and unlawful fire before GOD in the Sanctuary that GOD commanded them not to do. They acted in utter disregard to GOD’s commandment. LEVITICUS 10.1-7
Way too many people do not take GOD and His Laws seriously. Many don’t care, and most people have no interest in obeying them. And on top of that are the false teachers who teach The Law must not be obeyed, or is optional. Continual disobedience to GOD and His Law of Moses causes troubles, and problems, even sickness. And as Nadab and Abihu found out, disobedience to GOD can be fatal.
The Bible teaches that the fear of The LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Why? Because fearing GOD results in our obedience to Him. And obedience to GOD, doing what HE commands is wisdom. The Bible also teaches that the du
ty of all mankind is to fear GOD, and keep His Commandments. GOD’s Commandments are collectively The Law of Moses. Yeshua The Messiah said, don’t fear them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. But rather fear GOD Who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. And in the letter to the Hebrews, the writer wrote, it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living GOD. PSALM 111.10, ECCLESIASTES 12.13, MATTHEW 10.28, HEBREWS 10.31
Disobeying GOD and His Law of Moses is never good fruit.
So GOD told Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel to worship far off. That is, show The LORD reverence and deep respect, and honor in prayer and submission to Him in meekness and obedience. But only Moses was to come near to The LORD.
The seventy elders of Israel were authorized by Moses to rule the people according to The Laws of GOD written in The Law of Moses. And the elders were men recognized for their GODliness by serving The LORD and obeying His Laws. And they were noted for their GODly wisdom and not necessarily for their great age.
And the seventy elders, along with Aaron and his two sons were privileged to accompany Moses up the mountain, where they saw GOD, The GOD of Israel, and they ate and drank with GOD. They saw the future Messiah, Yeshua Ha Mashiakh, Yeshua The Messiah. EXODUS 24.9-11
I’m pretty sure that Moses and Aaron, and his two sons, and the seventy elders did not carry picnic baskets up the mountain. But rather, GOD created the food and drinks for them.
Let’s look at EXODUS 24.10
A paved work of sapphire stone. A paved work in Hebrew is K’MAH’AH’SAY LEEV’NAHT something that GOD created that was of whiteness by implying transparency.
Sapphire stone in Hebrew is SAH’FEER, a transparent gem, perhaps white and dark blue.
So they saw under GOD’s feet a paved work of a sapphire stone. A gem, a sizeable gem that was transparent, perhaps white and dark blue that GOD created, as it were the body of Heaven in its clearness, brightness, purity, and glory.
VERSE 11 GOD did not raise His Hand upon those chief men of Israel despite their seeing GOD. The fullness of His nature, the brightness of His Glory would be like devouring fire where no man could see His Face and live. Exodus 33.20. GOD’s glory was certainly toned down or the men would have burned like a Kleenex tissue. Zechariah 14.12
GOD is not restricted to being in only one place. He is everywhere at the same time spiritually. That is omnipresence. Spiritually GOD is present everywhere at the same time. And GOD can appear bodily in human form everywhere and anywhere He pleases to be at the same time. The men saw The GOD of Israel in the mountain, yet, at the same time, GOD was in Heaven and anywhere else He was pleased to be. There is Only One GOD.
And the appearance of GOD may have been something like what John saw. REVELATION 1.9-16
VERSE 13 He was wearing a robe down to His feet, and a gold band around His chest.
GOD is Yeshua The Messiah. He is GOD, I AM. The One True GOD of Creation, The Father, The Son, The Messiah, The Spirit, and The Holy Spirit. Messiah Yeshua was on earth, and He was also in Heaven at the same time, because GOD is omnipresent. He is GOD, and not a man. GOD has no restrictions.
Messiah told the Jewish people He was I AM. He told them He was GOD. JOHN 8.56-59
Messiah told Philip He was The Father. JOHN 14.9
Yeshua taught that those who saw Him saw GOD Who sent Him. JOHN 12.45
The study of GOD is not the study of a man. The study of GOD is the study of The Creator of Heaven and earth and all that is in them, Who has no beginning or end. Who fills Heaven and earth, Whose ways are past finding out, beyond our understanding.
The Father is GOD, and GOD The Father is Yeshua The Messiah. And GOD is omnipresent. Messiah said that in Heaven the angels of the little children always see The Face of The Father which is in Heaven. And Yeshua is GOD The Father. MATTHEW 18.10
Messiah told a woman of Samaria that He is The Messiah. JOHN 4.25-26
Yeshua is The One GOD. He is The Father, The Son, and Messiah, and He is The Holy Spirit. When we obey GOD, that is His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses, The Holy Spirit will come into us, and make His home with us. The Holy Spirit is GOD Almighty, Who is The Father, Who is Yeshua The Messiah, Who is The One GOD. JOHN 14.23, ACTS 5.32
GOD teaches us in Tnakh, The Old Testament something only GOD can do. Remaining in Heaven, GOD sent Himself to Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel. And remaining in Heaven, GOD sent Himself to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and others. And remaining in Heaven, GOD sent Himself with The Name and Title of Yeshua The Messiah to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.
ISAIAH 48.16-17, ISAIAH 9.6( 5), MICAH 5.2(1), MATTHEW 15.24
GOD is GOD. There is only One GOD and no others. We may not completely understand all GOD’S Ways, but there is only One GOD. There are no other gods besides Him. Those words proceed directly from The Lips of The LORD OUR GOD.
So this teaching was sort of an extended answer to the question Yeshua was asked in Mark 12.29. What is the most important Commandment of all? And Yeshua answered, The most important Commandment of all is, Hear O Israel, The LORD our GOD is One LORD. In Hebrew, that would be translated, Obey every word GOD speaks, O Israel, The LORD our GOD is One LORD.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein
EXODUS 23.32-33; EXODUS 24.1-2