Exodus 34 Christian: Don't Mix and Match - Steve Keil - Elder

Exodus 34 Christian: Don't Mix and MatchBible

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Steve Keil - Elder

Date Taught: October 17, 2019

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Life Lessons Referenced
Life Lesson (Exodus 34:17)


  • How do you feel about sin? Marriage?

  • Is there an absolute right and wrong?

  • If so, does the Bible specify what is right and what is wrong for you, your marriage, your family?

  • Has your conscious been seared? (I Tim 4:2)


Life lesson (Exodus 34:17)

Time we spend with God – or don’t shows in our countenance, words and actions.

Life Lesson (Exodus 34:17)

We all NEED memorials.

Verses Referenced and Teaching Notes
Mark 12:26 NKJV
But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?
Exodus 40:17 NKJV
And it came to pass in the first month of the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was raised up.
Exodus 31:18 NKJV
And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.
Exodus 34:12-17 NKJV
12 Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst. 13 But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images 14 (for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), 15 lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they play the harlot with their gods and make sacrifice to their gods, and one of them invites you and you eat of his sacrifice, 16 and you take of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters play the harlot with their gods and make your sons play the harlot with their gods.
17 “You shall make no molded gods for yourselves.
Groves
  • Hebrew – Asherah
  • First of 40 occurrences in OT
    • Trees of poles near an altar
    • Phallic symbols
    • Images of Astarte, Canaanite goddess of fertility
Greg Koukl, Stand to Reason
“God was angry. Indeed, He was furious. And with good reason. Even by ancient standards, the Canaanites were a hideously nasty bunch. Their culture was grossly immoral, decadent to its roots. Its debauchery was dictated primarily by its fertility religion that tied eroticism of all varieties to the successful agrarian cycles of planting and harvest.”

“Worst of all, Canaanites practiced child sacrifice. There was a reason God had commanded, “Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech” (Lev. 18:21 NIV): Molech was a Canaanite underworld deity represented as an upright, bull-headed idol with human body in whose belly a fire was stoked and in whose outstretched arms a child was placed that would be burned to death….And it was not just infants; children as old as four were sacrificed. Archaeological evidence indicates that the children thus burned to death sometimes numbered in the thousands.”
Exodus 32:1 NKJV
Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
Joshua 23:12-13 NKJV
12 Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the remnant of these nations—these that remain among you—and make marriages with them, and go in to them and they to you, 13 know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations from before you. But they shall be snares and traps to you, and scourges on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land which the Lord your God has given you.
Joshua 24:14-15 NKJV
14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Psalm 106:34-38 NKJV
34 They did not destroy the peoples,
Concerning whom the Lord had commanded them,
35 But they mingled with the Gentiles
And learned their works;
36 They served their idols,
Which became a snare to them.
37 They even sacrificed their sons
And their daughters to demons,
38 And shed innocent blood,
The blood of their sons and daughters,
Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
And the land was polluted with blood.
Acts 19:19-20 NKJV
19 Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.
Matthew 13:22 NKJV
Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
Mix and match in America
Facts about marriage in America (Pew, 2/19)
  • Half of Americans age 18 and older were married in 2017, down 8% since 1990
  • People cohabiting is increasing, 18 million in 2016 up 29% since 2007.
  • 39% of Americans who married since 2010 have a spouse of a different religious group, many between Christians and unaffiliated
Seared - Kauteriazo
Used 2-3 times in all of Greek literature; means to be branded or cauterized.
Conscience – Suneidesis
"The testimony of one’s own conduct borne by consciousness;" what is ok with you when there is no one around.
Exodus 34:29 NKJV
Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.
2 Corinthians 3:13-15 NKJV
13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.
Memorials NKJV
  • Exodus 12:14 ‘So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.
  • Luke 22:19-20 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.
  • I Corinthians 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
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