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Saturday, October 5 2013
Exodus 23: Sabbaths Of Land And Man
The Law of the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) is about civilization - living in peace, honesty and truth. Many examples of how to live according to the Ten Commandments were included with the Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20: The Ten Commandments, Exodus 21: The Scales Of Justice and Exodus 22: Freedom By The Law).
"23:1 Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
Even the land was provided with rest (as modern science has just now "discovered," it makes the land more productive), after years of productive work (see also The Seven Sabbaths Of Years To The Jubilee).
"23:10 And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof: 23:11 But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard." (Exodus 23:10-11 KJV)
The Fourth Commandment (see Exodus 20:8-11) is actually a double commandment: "Six days thou shalt do thy work" and then "on the seventh day thou shalt rest."
"23:12 Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed." (Exodus 23:12 KJV)
Idolatry is outlawed because it isn't just a waste of time - it's a waste of life.
"23:13 And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth." (Exodus 23;13 KJV)
The annual Holy Days were given by the LORD God, Who was and is Jesus Christ, for their Christian prophetic significance (see the Fact Finder question below).
"23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.
True worship of the LORD is not to be compromised e.g. replacing the true Sabbath with the Babylonian / Roman "Sun Day" (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
"23:18 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning.
When people follow the LORD, He leads the Way, defending His people from any who choose to make themselves enemies of the LORD. But if any of His people turn from Him and become Satanic liberals (see Exodus 13: Liberation, Not Liberal-ation), "He will not pardon your transgressions" (see also Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"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. 23:21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. 23:22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. 23:23 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. 23:24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. 23:25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. 23:26 There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.
Fact Finder: (a) What is the Christian purpose of Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread? (b) What is the Christian purpose of "the feast of harvest, the firstfruits" - known as Pentecost? (c) What is the Christian purpose of "the feast of ingathering," also known as the Feast of Tabernacles?
This Day In History, October 5
456: Visigoths (a Germanic tribe) under King Theodoric II invaded Spain with an army of Burgundians, Franks and Goths, led by the Kings Chilperic I and Gondioc. They defeated the Suebi under King Rechiar on the River Urbicus near Astorga. The Germanic tribes later surpassed and replaced the Roman Empire as "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
610: The coronation of Byzantine Emperor Heraclius.
869: The 8th Church of Rome Ecumenical Council opened in Constantinople (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy). The East-West conference was held between Pope Adrian II and Basil I to condemn iconoclasm (the destruction of religious images and idols).
1285: King Philip III of France died of the plague that was then ravaging Europe.
1502: Christopher Columbus discovered what is today called Costa Rica (the people who were already in Costa Rica knew that it was there, centuries before Europeans "discovered" it). All of the four voyages of Columbus were limited to the Caribbean area (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1511: Pope Julius II formed the Holy League between Aragon, Venice and the papacy. Its purpose was to defend the unity of the Roman Catholic church and to drive the French out of Italy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1762: The British fleet captured Spanish-held Manila in the Philippines.
1795: The Hudson Bay Company began construction on a fortified fur-trading post on the future site of the city of Edmonton. The Hudson's Bay Company is the oldest commercial corporation in North America (in business for over 340 years) and one of the oldest in the world. A fur trading company in its early existence, the Hudson's Bay Company today owns and operates retail stores throughout Canada and the U.S.
1796: During the Napoleonic Wars, Spain declared war on Britain.
1813: The Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). British troops and Canadian militia under Maj. Gen. Henry Proctor halted the U.S. invasion forces near Moraviantown, northeast of present day Chatham, Ontario. Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, who, like the Canadians, was defending his homeland against the U.S. marauders, was killed in the battle.
1877: Nez Perce Chief Joseph surrendered to the U.S. Army in Montana, only 40 miles short of their over 1,600 mile journey to reach freedom in the Canadian prairies. He and his people were shipped back south in cattle cars to prison camps during and after which hundreds died of abuse, disease and squalor.
1908: Bulgaria declared independence from the Ottoman empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1910: Portugal was declared a republic after a successful revolt against King Manuel II.
1944: During the Second World War, Royal Canadian Air Force pilots shot down the first German jet fighter.
1964: 57 people from East Germany reached West Berlin by digging a tunnel under the Berlin Wall - the largest single escape from the communist country up to that date (see also Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
1970: Anwar Sadat was nominated to succeed Gamal Nasser as President of Egypt.
1983: Polish Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (back then, Nobel Peace Prize winners actually did something to earn it).
1984: Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space, aboard the U.S. space shuttle Challenger (the Challenger was lost due to an explosion shortly after launch in 1986).
1986: Israel's secret nuclear weapons were verified. The British newspaper The Sunday Times ran Mordechai Vanunu's story on its front page under the headline: "Revealed - the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal."
1990: Meir Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League, was assassinated in New York at age 58.