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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).

								
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