On today, groundhog day there are four chapters, and they are momentous. Read them carefully. (Maybe not Exodus 22, it deals mostly with property rights and social responsibility.)
February 2: Matthew 7, Exodus 20, Exodus 21, Exodus 22 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Matthew 7 is a continuation of the sermon on the mount. Jesus is admonishing us not to be judgmental but to look to our own faults before condemning others. And don’t waste your time by casting pearls before swine. Ask, seek, knock is another theme, and so is doing to others what you would have them do to you. This sums up the Law and the Prophets. It grows into a crescendo with people claiming to have done good deeds, prophesyings and miracles in Jesus’ name. And Jesus answers them: “I never knew you”. I took the liberty to add my own discovery of the meaning of these verses. It ends with the foolish and the wise builders.
In Exodus 20 Moses is at Mount Sinai and God gives him the ten commandments.
Exodus contains regulations on servanthood and slavery, penalties for manslaughter and personal injuries, all Mosaic law.
Exodus 20, the Ten Commandments, the Law on Idols and Altars.
Modern day altars have both cut stones and steps, but they are beautiful. This is from the Basilique – Notre Dame in Montréal, Canada. Thank God we are free from the Law thanks to Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Yet, in spite of all this splendor the words from the writer of the letter to the Hebrews still ring true:
Hebrews 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.