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Summary: Continuing the series of the skipped over books (Ex, Lev, Num, Deut) after the laws there are the gems of historical narrative in these books.

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The Skipped Over Books of the Bible

List after List of Laws

- Absolute Laws – to be obeyed then AND now

- Holiness Laws – to show how we can love God

- Civil Laws – to show how we can love each other

- Health and Wellness Laws – to show how we can love ourselves

Law and Promise

- If you obey THEN …

Gems in the Desert

God’s Hornet – Exodus 23:20-33

Poetic Chiasm of Exodus 23:20-33

Summary Statement: See, I am sending my angel ahead of you (vs. 20)

IF YOU … pay attention, listen, don’t rebel (vs. 21-22a)

THEN … enemy to your enemies, oppose those who oppose you (22b-23)

IF YOU … don’t bow to their gods, demolish them (vs. 24)

THEN … bless you food, health, long life (vs.25-26)

I will send my terror (vs. 27)

BUT … NOT in a single year because … (vs. 29-30)

I will send my hornet (vs. 28)(NIV grammatical reverse)

THEN …establish your borders, hand over the people (vs. 31)

IF YOU … don’t make covenants with people or gods (vs. 32)

THEN … they will not be a snare to you (vs. 33)

IF YOU … don’t let them live in your land (vs. 33)(NIV grammatical reverse)

Grammatical Reverse

English translators decided to reverse the Hebrew phrases in order for it to make sense in our language. Normally used in poetic chiasms.

Example

In Hebrew:

Jill came tumbling after

Jack fell down and broke his crown

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water

In English translation

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water, Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.

Meeting the ANGEL, the TERROR, the HORNET

- Deut. 7:17-24 Restating the promise

- Joshua 2:8-11 Rahab and the spies

- Joshua 5:13 – 6:2 Joshua meets the commander of the Lord’s army

Central statement, focus statement of the Chiasm vs. 29-30

- But I will not drive them out in a single year

- Little by little until you can handle it

BASICALLY WHAT GOD IS SAYING …

- I am going ahead of you and preparing your life for you

- But I am NOT going to give you more than you can handle at one time

- If I would give it to you NOW, as you want it, you could not handle it

- I’ll let your enemies handle your territory until you are ready for it

- I’ll prepare you, grow you, train you, until you are ready to handle it

Examples in my life of God’s preparing AHEAD of me

Ill: My garden at our first house was ½ acre. All rototilled up and ready with great black dirt. Started out great, straight lines for beans, peas, tomatoes, sweet corn, etc. Got water on it and faithfully moved the water. Began hoeing the weeds, hoed some more, than tried to hoe some more … but too much for me to keep up with. Weeds took over. The next year I had a 10x10 patch.

Ill: I was the setup man and warehouse planner which was second to supervisor in my departments. I applied for 22 supervisor positions, interviewed and it was narrowed down to 2 people, me and the other, 22 times the OTHER was picked. The 23rd time I was and finally understood why I was not ready for the position before … but was NOW. I started supervising 5 people, then 30, then 220, then …I was ready.


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