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Leviticus 19 – Sundry

Leviticus 19 is a chapter of miscellaneous (sundry) laws and regulations.  It starts out focusing on idolatry and that that is to be forbidden among the people of Israel.  From there, the chapter focuses on various laws directly and indirectly related to the Ten Commandments, such as not stealing and dealing falsely with neighbors, and not swearing falsely in the name of YHWH.  There are also other sundry laws.  Some of those laws we will see again, and some don’t really reoccur in the Torah.

Here we see the command not to take vengeance on your neighbor because “I am the LORD (YHWH)”  We also see commands about what to do with the fruit of your fruit bearing trees in the first five years after they are planted, as well as tattoos and self-cutting, and having respect for those with grey hair.

Overall, there are many interesting laws and regulations within this chapter, most of which i haven’t even hinted at.  So i recommend that you take some time and look through and read the chapter for yourself.

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Exodus 34 – Response

Everything has finally settled down.  The masses have found a semblance of peace and are ready to handle themselves while Moses goes up the mountain again.  God calls Moses, and he responds.  He returns to Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights again where he brings two new stone tablets for the LORD to write on.

This is the same type of incident as before, but things have changed.  There are definitely some key and significant differences.  One of the beautiful things that happens here is that Moses relationship and connection with YHWH appear to have made some definite improvements.  He is there for the same role and the same purpose as he was before, but Moses seems to have more responsibility as well as more depth in relationship with YHWH.  The connection is much more direct and face to face.  So much so that when Moses comes down this time, his face is shining so brightly that the people can’t even look at him.  Their response is to fear him, and it is only after covering his face with a veil that he is able  to come before the people.  This covering of God’s glory, outpouring through Moses, continues each time he meets with YHWH.  The veil becomes a constant reminder of Moses connection and response  to God.

During  this time on the mountain, YHWH decides to make note of the people’s tendency towards idolatry,  He makes it clear to them that they are to destroy ALL evidence of the nations that exist in the land of Canaan, and to tear down anything that represents their false gods.  This is more than just a command.  This is a mandate.  This is the direction that the people must take, even though God already knows that they are not going to.  It is a notice that must be made and a direction that must be followed.

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