YHWH was constantly teaching His people as we can see in the following:
To begin with, in Exodus 21:22 we notice something that many of today's "pro-abortionists" don't and won't recognize: That YHWH considers an unborn fetus a CHILD!
Exodus 21: 22 "If people are fighting with each other and happen to hurt a pregnant woman so badly that her unborn child dies, then, even if no other harm follows, he must be fined. He must pay the amount set by the woman's husband and confirmed by judges.
And here, we see some dire warnings:
Exodus 22: 19 "Whoever has sexual relations with an animal must be put to death. 20 "Anyone who sacrifices to any god other than ADONAI alone is to be completely destroyed.
Exodus 22: 25 "If you loan money to one of my people who is poor, you are not to deal with him as would a creditor; and you are not to charge him interest. 26 If you take your neighbor's coat as collateral, you are to restore it to him by sundown,
Exodus 22: 28 "You are not to curse God, and you are not to curse a leader of your people.
Exodus 23: 1 "You are not to repeat false rumors; do not join hands with the wicked by offering perjured testimony. 2 Do not follow the crowd when it does what is wrong; and don't allow the popular view to sway you into offering testimony for any cause if the effect will be to pervert justice. 3 On the other hand, don't favor a person's lawsuit simply because he is poor.
Referring to the scriptures above, please think about how often we see these types of things in the news! It's all about MONEY, not morality or right or wrong. Many of the Hollywood types are proof of that! Take, for instance, Oprah, who insists "all paths lead to God!" Really? That's not what the Bible says! But yet, Oprah has millions of starry-eyed followers, including many who call themselves Christian.
Instead of shunning and ousting from the industry the "fallen" football or baseball heroes, or the movie and singing stars, etc. who exhibit childish, immoral and decadent anti-social behavior, we are expected to "tolerate" and even laugh at their nonsense, and then forgive them and continue allowing them to be our "idols"! Martha Stewart went to prison for securities fraud and obstruction of justice...and where is she now? Back on TV doing her thing and earning millions. Never mind that she's a criminal....
Instead of forever shunning those who deliberately break laws and purposely exhibit immoral/ungodly behaviors that influence our young into the wrong direction, "Hollyweird" condones them and even gives them their own "reality shows"! Why? It's all about the money and ratings! It doesn't matter what someone does, as long as the dough keeps rolling in! We are a SICK society!
Exodus 23: 12 "For six days, you are to work. But on the seventh day, you are to rest, so that your ox and donkey can rest, and your slave-girl's son and the foreigner be renewed.
Did Yeshua ever say, "After I die, you can change My Sabbath day"? The answer, of course, is: No, never! Nowhere do we ever see YHWH suggesting the Seventh Day Sabbath rest was to be changed at some point - or that we could do it on any day we please. YHWH commanded the SEVENTH day be set apart!
Exodus 23: 13 "Pay attention to everything I have said to you; do not invoke the names of other gods or even let them be heard crossing your lips.
How many "gods" exist in the world today?
Exodus 23: 14 "Three times a year, you are to observe a festival for me. 15 Keep the festival of matzah: for seven days, as I ordered you, you are to eat matzah at the time determined in the month of Aviv; for it was in that month that you left Egypt. No one is to appear before me empty-handed. 16 Next, the festival of harvest, the firstfruits of your efforts sowing in the field; and last, the festival of ingathering, at the end of the year, when you gather in from the fields the results of your efforts. 17 Three times a year all your men are to appear before the Lord, ADONAI.
Did Yeshua ever say, "After I die, the feast days will be rendered moot and pointless and you can make up your own holy days from that day on"? Again, the answer is a resounding NO!
Now take a look at the following passage that causes us to stop in our tracks and think:
Exodus 23: 20 "I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. 21 Pay attention to him, listen to what he says and do not rebel against him; because he will not forgive any wrongdoing of yours, since my name resides in him. 22 But if you listen to what he says and do everything I tell you, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes. 23 When my angel goes ahead of you and brings you to the Emori, Hitti, P'rizi, Kena'ani, Hivi and Y'vusi, I will make an end of them. 24 You are not to worship their gods, serve them or follow their practices; rather, you are to demolish them completely and smash their standing-stones to pieces. 25 "You are to serve ADONAI your God; and he will bless your food and water. I will take sickness away from among you.
This cannot be just any "angel/messenger"; it has to be Y'shua! Why? Because only Y'shua can "forgive" and only Y'shua has His Father's NAME residing within His own Name! Y'shua means "YHWH is Salvation"! Y'shua is the ONLY heavenly Being who has the Name of YHWH within His own Name. All the other heavenly beings (angels) contain only the TITLE of Elohim:
- Michael ("who is like Elohim?") performs acts of justice and power.
- Gabriel ("the strength of Elohim) performs YHWH's kindness.
- Raphael ("Elohim heals") YHWH's healing force.
- Uriel (Elohim is my light") leads us to destiny.
The next scripture that "reached through the ages" was in Exodus 23 as it transcends Time into our world today:
Exodus 23: 31 I will set your boundaries from the Sea of Suf to the sea of the P'lishtim and from the desert to the [Euphrates] River, for I will hand the inhabitants of the land over to you, and you will drive them out from before you. 32 You are not to make a covenant with them or with their gods. 33 They are not to live in your land; otherwise they will make you sin against me by ensnaring you to serve their gods."
The Land of Israel is in the shape it's in today because God's Chosen have allowed "other gods" into their midst! (So has the rest of the world wherever supposed "believers" reside!) One example is the abomination of the Muslim mosque perched like a huge ugly, infested boil on the face of the Temple Mount. On the other hand, we have Torah-less Christian churches telling Yeshua-less Jewish synagogues to get themselves right with God or risk ending up in hell....
Moving on, it must truly have been an awesome feeling to be in the Presence of YHWH at Mt. Sinai! Just take a look at the following scriptures and try to picture yourself there:
Exodus 24: 1 To Moshe [ADONAI] said, "Come up to ADONAI -you, Aharon, Nadav, Avihu, and seventy of the leaders of Isra'el. Prostrate yourselves at a distance, 2 while Moshe alone approaches ADONAI -the others are not to approach, and the people are not to go up with him." 3 Moshe came and told the people everything ADONAI had said, including all the rulings. The people answered with one voice: "We will obey every word ADONAI has spoken." 4 Moshe wrote down all the words of ADONAI.
Man, of course, as a "short memory" because, as we see throughout the Torah and the rest of the Tanach, Israel's obedience ebbed and waned. And today, the Land of Israel teems with "other gods" and religions that are there in direct violation of YHWH's command for HIS PEOPLE to remain "set apart"....
Even the Christian Jesus is "another god" because "Jesus" is a Torah-less entity who supposedly came to abolish "the Law"....Is it any wonder our world is headed for WWIII with most scoffing at any mention of the Bible?
Exodus 24: 4 He rose early in the morning, built an altar at the base of the mountain and set upright twelve large stones to represent the twelve tribes of Isra'el. 5 He sent the young men of the people of Isra'el to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice peace offerings of oxen to ADONAI. 6 Moshe took half of the blood and put it in basins; the other half of the blood he splashed against the altar. 7 Then he took the book of the covenant and read it aloud, so that the people could hear; and they responded, "Everything that ADONAI has spoken, we will do and obey." 8 Moshe took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, "This is the blood of the covenant which ADONAI has made with you in accordance with all these words."
Exodus 24: 9 Moshe, Aharon, Nadav, Avihu and seventy of the leaders went up; 10 and they saw the God of Isra'el. Under his feet was something like a sapphire stone pavement as clear as the sky itself. 11 He did not reach out his hand against these notables of Isra'el; on the contrary, they saw God, even as they were eating and drinking.
As indicated in Exodus 33 in a future parashah, humans cannot look upon God without dying. Therefore, it surely must have been Yeshua - YHWH in the flesh - that they saw!
Exodus 33: 20 But my face," he continued, "you cannot see, because a human being cannot look at me and remain alive. 21 Here," he said, "is a place near me; stand on the rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you inside a crevice in the rock and cover you with my hand, until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand, and you will see my back, but my face is not to be seen."
Okay, continuing with "humans cannot look upon God" - Note that the 70 men mentioned including Aharon, Nadav, and Avihu actually got to SEE YHWH, presumably in the same way Moshe got to see Him! This was usually only reserved for Moshe! But look at the rest of the verse: "Under his feet was something like a sapphire stone pavement"... then in verse 12, YHWH says he will give Moshe the stone tablet ("Come up to me on the mountain, and stay there. I will give you the stone tablets with the Torah and the mitzvot I have written on them") - this is why the sages think the 10 Commandments tablets were sapphire!
It is interesting to note:
Exodus 24:9, 10 - The Leaders of the children of Yisra'el were able to see as much of YHWH that He revealed to them - this experience enabled them to have intimate contact with YHWH and solidified their leadership!
Exodus 24:14 - Interesting that Moshe left Aaron and Hur (Hur was Miriam's husband, brother-in-law to Moshe), "in charge" of the elders.
Exodus 24:16 - Note the glory of YHWH rested on Mt. Sinai and covered it for six days, on the seventh day - the Shabbat - YHWH called to Moshe from the midst of the cloud!
Exodus 24:18 - Moshe was taken into the midst of the cloud as he ascended the mountain where he remained for forty days and forty nights - the number 40 is symbolic of probation and testing ending in victory - the children of Yisra'el, during that time were thinking Moshe wasn't returning and we shall see in a later Parashah they built a pagan idol - the golden calf.
Exodus Plus the stone Tablets written on sapphire or blue quartz - simply amazing since blue is symbolic of heaven and authority.
Wrapping up this week's parashah:
Exodus 24: 12 ADONAI said to Moshe, "Come up to me on the mountain, and stay there. I will give you the stone tablets with the Torah and the mitzvot I have written on them, so that you can teach them." 13 Moshe got up, also Y'hoshua his assistant; and Moshe went up onto the mountain of God. 14 To the leaders he said, "Stay here for us, until we come back to you. See, Aharon and Hur are with you; whoever has a problem should turn to them." 15 Moshe went up onto the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The glory of ADONAI stayed on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day he called to Moshe out of the cloud. 17 To the people of Isra'el the glory of ADONAI looked like a raging fire on the top of the mountain. 18 Moshe entered the cloud and went up on the mountain; he was on the mountain forty days and nights.