In The Beginning
In the beginning was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
And the Word was God.
John 1:1

Part III

~ God Marries His People ~

(Continued from the last issue where
it was titled Roots of Our Faith.)

* The Marriage Is Arranged *

      “On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone forth from the land of Egypt, on that very day, they entered the wilderness of Sinai. Having journeyed from Rephidim, they entered the wilderness of Sinai and encamped in the wilderness. Israel encamped there in front of the mountain, and Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus shall you say to the house of Jacob and declare to the children of Israel: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me. Now then, if you will obey Me faithfully and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession among all the peoples. Indeed, all the earth is Mine, but you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the children of Israel.
(Ex. 19:1-6)

* The Bride Prepares Herself *

      “Moses came and summoned the elders of the people and put before them all that the LORD had commanded him. All the people answered as one, saying, ‘All that the LORD has spoken we will do!’ And Moses brought back the people’s words to the LORD. And the LORD said to Moses, ‘I will come to you in a thick cloud, in order that the people may hear when I speak with you and so trust you ever after.’ Then Moses reported the people’s words to the LORD, and the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and warn them to stay pure today and tomorrow. Let them wash their clothes. Let them be ready for the third day: for on the third day the LORD will come down. in the sight of all the people, on Mount Sinai. You shall set bounds for the people round about, saying, “Beware of going up the mountain or touching the border of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death: no hand shall touch him, but he shall be either stoned or shot; beast or man, he shall not live.” When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they may go up on the mountain.”’
(Ex. 19:7-13)

* The Marriage Covenant (Ketuvah) Is Presented *

      “God spoke all these words, saying: ‘I the LORD am your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, the house of bondage: You shall have no other gods besides Me.
      “‘You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image, or any likeness of what is in the heavens above, or on the earth below, or in the waters under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I the Lord am an impassioned god, visiting the guilt of the parents upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generations of those who reject Me, but showing kindness to the thousandth generation of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
      “‘You shall not swear falsely by the name of the LORD your God; for the LORD will not clear one who swears falsely by His name.
      “‘Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God: you shall not do any work — you, your son or daughter, your male or female slave, or your cattle, or the stranger who is within your settlements. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth and sea, and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.
      “‘Honor your father and your mother, that you may long endure on the land that the LORD your God is assigning to you.
      “‘You shall not murder.
      “‘You shall not commit adultery.
      “‘You shall not steal.
      “‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
      “‘You shall not covet your neighbors house: you shall not covet your neighbors wife, or his male slave, or his ox or his ass, or anything that is your neighbors.”’
(Ex. 20:1-14)

      (Yeshua said): “‘Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; That sums up the teaching of the Torah and the prophets.”’
(Matt. 7:12)

* The Bride Is Fearful *

      “Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke, for the LORD had come down upon it in fire; the smoke rose like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled violently. The blare of the horn grew louder and louder. As Moses spoke, God answered him in thunder. The LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain, and the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. The LORD said to MOSES, ‘Go down, warn the people not to break through to the LORD to gaze, lest many of them perish. The priests also, who come near the Lord, must stay pure, lest the LORD break out against them. And Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.”’
(Exodus 19:18-25)

      “All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the blare of the horn and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it. they fell back and stood at a distance. ‘You speak to us,’ they said to Moses, ‘and we will obey; but let not God speak to us, lest we die.’ Moses answered the people, ‘Be not afraid: for God has come only in order to test you. and in order that the fear of Him may be ever with you, so that you do not go astray.’ So the people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.
      “The LORD said to Moses:
‘Thus shall you say to the Israelites: You yourselves saw that I spoke to you from the very heavens: With Me, therefore, you shall not make any gods of silver, nor shall you make for yourselves any gods of gold. Make for Me an altar of earth and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your sacrifices of well-being, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be mentioned I will come to you and bless you. And if you make for Me an altar of stones, do not build it of hewn stones; for by wielding your tool upon them you have profaned them. Do not ascend My altar by steps, that your nakedness may not be exposed upon It.”’
(Exodus 19:25-23)

* God Promises To Protect His Bride *

      “I am sending an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have made ready. Pay heed to him and obey him. Do not defy him, for he will not pardon your offenses, since My Name is in him; but if you obey him and do all that I say. I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes.
      “When My angel goes before you and brings you to the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, and annihilate them, you shall not bow down to their gods in worship or follow their practices, but shall tear them down and smash their pillars to bits. You shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will remove sickness from your midst. No woman in your land shall miscarry or be barren. I will let you enjoy the full count of your days.
      “I will send forth My terror before you, and I will throw into panic all the people among whom you come, and I will make alt your enemies turn tail before you. I will send a plague ahead of you, and it shalt drive out before you the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites. I will not drive them out before you in a single year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply to your hurt. I will drive them out before you little by little, until you have increased and possess the land. I will set your borders from the Sea of Reeds to the Sea of Philistia, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hands, and you will drive them out before you. You shall make no covenant with them and their gods. They shall not remain in your land, lest they cause you to sin against Me; for you will serve their gods — and it will prove a snare to you.’
      “Then He said to Moses, ‘Come up to the LORD, with Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel, and bow low from afar. Moses alone shall come near the LORD; but the others shall not come near, nor shall the people come up with him.”’
(Ex. 23:20-24:2)

* The Bride Meets the Groom *
* And Accepts His Proposal *

      “Moses went and repeated to the people all the commands of the LORD and all the rules; and all the People answered with one voice. saying. ‘all the things that the LORD has commanded we will do!’ Moses then wrote dawn all the commands of the LORD.
      “Early in the morning, he set up an altar at the foot of the mountain, with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel. He designated some young men among the Israelites, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed bulls as offerings of well-being to the LORD. Moses took one part of the blood and put it in basins, and the other part of the blood he dashed against the altar. Then he took the record of the covenant and read it aloud to the people. And they said, ‘All that the LORD has spoken we will faithfully do!’ Moses took the blood and dashed it on the people and said, This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD now makes with you concerning all these commands.’
      “Then Moses and Aaron. Nadab arid Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel ascended; and they saw the God of Israel: under His feet there was the likeness of a pavement of sapphire, like the very sky for purity. Yet He did not raise His hand against the leaders of the Israelites; they beheld God, and they ate and drank”
(Exodus 24:3-11)

* The Ketuvah Is Signed *

      “The LORD said to Moses: “Come up to Me on the mountain and wait there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the teachings and commandments which I have inscribed to instruct them.’ So Moses and his attendant Joshua arose, and Moses ascended the mountain of God. To the elders he had said, Wait here for us until we return to you. You have Aaron and Hur with you; let anyone who has a legal matter approach them.’
      “When Moses had ascended the mountain, the cloud covered the mountain. The Presence of the LORD abode on Mount Sinai, and the cloud hid it for six days. On the seventh day He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud. Now the Presence of the LORD appeared in the sight of the Israelites as a consuming fire on the top of the mountain. Moses went inside the cloud and ascended the mountain; and Moses remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights.”
(Exodus 24:12-18)

* A Gift For the Bride *

      “When He finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the Pact, stone tablets inscribed with the finger of God.”
(Exodus 31:18)

      To be continued...


From: God’s Little Instruction Book
( Honor Books, Inc., 1993)

The secret of success is to
start from scratch and
keep on scratching.


And the seed in the good soil, these are
the ones who have heard the word in an
honest and good heart, and hold it fast,
and bear fruit with perseverance.

Luke 8:15 (NASD)