Day 36

Exodus 21, 22 and 23 continue the account of God’s instructions to the Israelites. And it’s a lot to do with the mistreatment of foreigners, slaves and oxen. There are many verses which are quaint and oh-so “Old Testament” as some people say in a sneering voice. But one or two are sharply relevant. It’s dangerous moral ground to point to one verse and hold it up as an example for living a good life, whilst at the same time ignoring the ones that don’t fit with modern society.

But I’m going to do exactly that because that’s why I’m here! Exodus 22:21, “You must not oppress foreigners in any way.”

In Matthew 24, Jesus warns us about the coming of the end of the world. How will we know when it is here? (24:27) “The lightening flashes in the east and shines in the west.” said Jesus. That’s fairly specific. He says that there will be false messiahs and false prophets. Don’t bother to go looking for them.

Psalm 29 is a celebration of the glory of God. It has also inspired the words to more than one hymn. That seems to be another theme. There have been quite a few hymns which have borrowed lyrics from the Psalms. Obvious, really.

Proverbs 7 is a tale of woe for a young man of little common sense who is seduced by an immoral woman. She lures him into her bed with the promise of Egyptian linen and exotic perfumes. (7:18) “Let’s enjoy each other’s caresses.” And he is led astray by her, (7:23) “… little knowing it would cost him his life.”

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