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February 9th, Exodus 22-24: More of Mosaic Laws

Exodus 22 continues the laws which will soon to become known as Mosaic Law. They go over what happens when there’s theft, if a man seduces a virgin daughter, and other crimes.

Exodus 22:18 says:
18 Do not allow a sorceress to live.
[Ed. note: So begins the hunting of witches.]

Exodus 23 details laws concerning justice and mercy. Of note is the fact that the LORD commanded them to gather crops for six years in their fields but let the field rest in the seventh year, which of course we know today is a vital part of agriculture so the land can refill the nutrients needed to nourish crops. They are to celebrate three festivals to the LORD, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering.

Exodus 24 details the Israelites’ promise to obey.

Exodus 24:9-11 says:
9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up 10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky. 11 But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

The LORD told Moses to come up the mountain to receive tablets with the laws and commandments on them. So Moses set out with Joshua his aide, telling the elders that he was leaving Aaron and Hur in charge.

When Moses went up the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD settled there. To the Israelites, the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of Mount Sinai. On the seventh day the LORD called to Moses and he entered the cloud. Moses stayed on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

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