Summary: Just as God demanded the Israelites to cast off the jewelry that they brought with them from Egypt, He commands us today to get rid of the former bad habits and sins in our life.
GET RID OF THE BAD HABITS (SIN)
God brought His people to the border of the land of blessing in verse one. In verse two, God promises to fulfill his promise, but without the exceptional delight of His presence, rather sending them in with an angel. In verse three, God proclaims their sin “stiffnecked” and refuses to “go up in the midst of thee...lest I consume thee in the way.” GOD IS OFFENDED BY SIN! What does He demand? In verse 5, He tells Moses to command them to cast off their ornaments. The ornaments were pieces of jewelry that were prominent in Egyptian idol worship. Even after God brought them out of bondage, brought them over the Red Sea and provided for their food and drink, they carried portions of their past life.
WHAT BAD HABITS (SINS)?
“Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” Proverbs 21:23
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.” Matthew 15:18
“To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
LACK OF ATTENDANCE
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another…” Hebrews 10:25
“Be ye angry, and sin not…” Ephesians 4:26
LACK OF CONTENT (COVETOUSNESS)
“He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.” Ecclesiastes 5:10
“For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord…” Romans 12:10-11
“By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.” Ecclesiastes 10:18
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.” Exodus 20:3, 5
HOW DO I QUIT DABBLING?
ADMIT YOU HAVE A BAD HABIT
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
KrisAnna was at Maw Maw Delma’s coloring with a marker, using a stool to hold her paper. The marker went off the paper accidentally. She was so scared that she would be punished. She could have tried to blame it her cousin, but instead she admitted what she had done. Kristin was able to take care of the problem right away and wash away the mark.
This verse promises that God won’t let us down! The first step is to admit where we come short. After that, see what God does! He is faithful and just; He will be true to Himself and exceed our expectations. He will forgive and cleanse. The original word for “forgive” means to send away, like a husband divorcing his wife. And then God will purge us, wash our hands for us. And He does this, if we will just come to Him like a little child and admit what we have done.