EARLY IN THE MORNING: Early prayers and devotions:
Abraham got up very early to stand before the Lord (Gen 19:27). Jacob woke up
with the first light of the morning to worship God after having seen a vision of
angels in the night (Gen 28:18). Moses went early to meet the Lord at Sinai (Exo
34:4). Joshua got an early start when he prepared to capture Jericho (Jos 6:12).
Gideon made his way at dawn to examine the fleece he had placed on the ground to
discern Yahweh's will (Jdg 6:38). Job left his bed at an early hour to offer
sacrifices to the Lord in behalf of his children (Job 1:5).
Lord (twice): The orig "Yahweh" altered to "Adonai" by
Sopherim (Com App 32).
Marriage with unbelievers causes many problems: Gen 27:46; Deu
7:1-4; Exo 34:14-16; 1Ki 11:1-4; 1Co 7:39; 2Co 6:14-17. See Lesson,
Marriage "only in the Lord".
NO ONE IS TO APPEAR BEFORE ME EMPTY-HANDED: "When the
Israelites went to appear before the LORD at their feast days, on the Sabbaths
or at personal times of dedication, we are told that 'no one is to appear before
me (the LORD) empty handed.' At any and all of these times they were to bring an
offering to God.
"Sometimes we think that the Law doesn't apply to us anymore,
but this is a principle we would be wise to follow. Just as the Israelites had
to bring an offering to the LORD when they came before him, so we should also
bring an offering when we meet with him. How often do we go to a Sunday Morning
service completely unprepared? We go along, sit in our seats and expect to be
fed, entertained or made to feel good. We haven't given any thought to what
might be said, what we can do to make the service more effective, how we can
encourage someone else, or even prayed a prayer of thanksgiving, praise or asked
God to bless the meeting. Are we presuming to appear before the LORD
"Instead, let us make sure that when we meet with the LORD we
bring our offering -- whatever it may be. It may be the sacrifice of praise, the
incense of prayer, a gift of encouragement, the willingness to work or even just
simply having prepared our minds. 'No one is to appear before the LORD
empty-handed' " (RP).
Although they deserted their land, etc to their enemies often,
it was not taken. Proof of God's protecting hand over the Jews.
DO NOT COOK A YOUNG GOAT IN ITS MOTHER'S MILK: Found in
Exo 23:19; 34:26 and Deu 14:21. Five possibilities: (1) The mother would suffer
from still producing milk, with no offspring to nurse. (2) The Canaanites
worshiped milk as coming from certain goddesses (ie, keep away from worship of
idols of land). (3) A prohibition against imitating the superstitious rites of
the Egyptians, who, at the end of their harvest, cooked a kid in its mother's
milk and sprinkled the broth as a magical charm on their gardens and fields, to
render them more productive the following season (JFB). (4) The suckling should
not be killed so young, cut off in its prime. (Christ the sacrifice suffered in
the midst of his own people.) (5) Do not "destroy" your child with the "milk" of
Vv 33-35: Moses' face reflected God's glory. But the
brightness faded, like the Mosaic Law itself. To hide this fading, Moses hid his
face with the veil. Symbolically, the ordinary Jew never realized that the glory
of the Law was only temporary. Cp 2Co 3:13-16; 4:4-6. Ct Jesus (Joh 3:34), to
whom God gave not His Spirit by measure.