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God’s Love Story Josh Spoelstra The Intended and Ideal Relationship MARRIAGE Wedding Preparations And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people’ (Exodus 19.10-11). – And the people did so (Exodus 19.14-15). Wedding Ceremony On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain (Exodus 19.16-17). I Do’s Exodus 19.8 Exodus 24.3 Exodus 24.7 The people all When Moses went Then he took the responded and told the people Book of the together, ‘We will all the LORD’s Covenant and do everything the words and laws, read it to the LORD has said.’ they responded people. They So Moses with one voice, responded, ‘We brought their ‘Everything the will do everything answer back to LORD has said we the LORD has the LORD. will do.’ said; we will obey.’ Signing Marriage Certificate Moses “took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, ‘We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey.’ Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, ‘This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words’” (Exodus 24.7-8). Vows 1. “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Ex 20.3) 2. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth” (Ex 20.4) 3. “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain” (Ex 20.7) 1. “You shall have no other gods before Me” Ancient people…believed in three categories of gods, all of which any individual was likely to differentiate by his or her own beliefs and worship: the personal god, the family god, and the national god. For most Israelites at most times…Yahweh was merely a national god (Stuart, Exodus, 452). 2. “You shall not make for yourself an idol…” In the same way that a modern person might speak to and look into a sound-equipped television camera knowing that their words and actions were being transmitted accurately to other locations, ancient people believed that the offerings they brought before an idol of a god and the prayers they said in the idol’s presence were fully and unfailingly perceived by the god whom that idol represented (Stuart, Exodus, 450-451). 3. “You shall not take the name of the Lord you God in vain” Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: ‘Hear the word of the LORD! …Their visions are false and their divinations a lie. They say, “The LORD declares,” when the LORD has not sent them; yet they expect their words to be fulfilled. Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The LORD declares,” though I have not spoken? … 3. “You shall not take the name of the Lord you God in vain” Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you, declares the Sovereign LORD. My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of the house of Israel… (Ezekiel 13.2, 6-9). Vows 1. “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Ex 20.3) 2. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth” (Ex 20.4) 3. “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain” (Ex 20.7) Setting up Home together ‘My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces. Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span. … Setting up Home together I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River. I will hand over to you the people who live in the land and you will drive them out before you. Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods. Do not let them live in your land, or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you’ (Exodus 23.23-26, 31-33).