Tuesday, June 19
An Agreement Made and Kept (for Now)
Narrative Lectionary Daily Devotions written by Kace Leetch from Clergy Stuff.
God made a covenant with God's people, and it was quite clear. God would be Israel's God and Israel would be God's people. God's part of this agreement was that God would clear the way for Israel to settle in the promised land. God would eliminate anyone who would get in their way. Israel's commitment was to worship only God. They would not worship the gods of the people whose land God gave them. Israel would not leave any alive that would continue to worship other gods. As long as Israel kept up their part of the bargain, God would keep up God's. We will soon learn Israel could not and did not. But for now, the covenant is made and is kept.
Narrative Lectionary Text: Exodus 23:20-33
I am going to send an angel in front of you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Be attentive to him and listen to his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression; for my name is in him. But if you listen attentively to his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes. When my angel goes in front of you, and brings you to the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, and I blot them out, you shall not bow down to their gods, or worship them, or follow their practices, but you shall utterly demolish them and break their pillars in pieces. You shall worship the Lord your God, and I will bless your bread and your water; and I will take sickness away from among you. No one shall miscarry or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. I will send my terror in front of you, and will throw into confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. And I will send the pestilence in front of you, which shall drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites from before you. I will not drive them out from before you in one year, or the land would become desolate and the wild animals would multiply against you. Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land. I will set your borders from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates; for I will hand over to you the inhabitants of the land, and you shall drive them out before you. You shall make no covenant with them and their gods. They shall not live in your land, or they will make you sin against me; for if you worship their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.