Exodus 34, vs. 12-18 with Betty

12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:

13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;

16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.

17 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.

18 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

God warned Moses, as we know He had also done in the past, about making covenants with the inhabitants of the land they were going to.

The Lord instructed Moses to destroy their altars, break their images and cut down their graves.  This was to insure they would not begin to follow after other gods than the Lord for the Lord “is a jealous God.”

The Lord also warned Moses about allowing the people to marry the sons and daughters of the conquered land because that might lead to following the gods of those people and He reminded Moses that the  Israelites were to eat unleavened bread each year in the month Of Abib to commemorate coming out of Egypt.

With no way to make his instructions known to the people other than by repeating them to Moses, it seems the Lord was diligent in teaching His will to Moses His servant so that Moses could in turn repeat it to the people over time so that all that the Lord required them to do would become very familiar to them.

Betty Killebrew

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