20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.
22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.
23 For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.
24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.
25 And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.
26 There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.
27 I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.
28 And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.
29 I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.
30 By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.
31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.
32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.
33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.
K.J.V. Bible Text
In today’s reading, we learn that God promised the Israelites an angel to go before them and lead them to the place that he has provided. He asks the people to obey the angel as he leads them through the lands of the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. He promises that he will cut those people off and with the help of the angel, little by little they would overcome these other nations.
The Lord also cautioned them not to remain in those foreign lands or to make covenants with them or their gods. He promised His people that in return for their service to Him he would overturn their enemies and increase them and they would inherit the land.
Thus did the Lord God provide for His people.
As we have seen, the Lord God gave rules for personal interactions and rules for interacting with Him. After the many years of slavery in Egypt, the Lord used their first months outside of captivity preparing them to inherit the promised land.
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