19 All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.
20 But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.
21 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.
22 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.
23 Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel.
24 For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the Lord thy God thrice in the year.
25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
26 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.
27 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.
28 And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
K.J.V. Bible Text
The Lord continued his instructions to Moses by reminding him that all first fruits and first born were his. The Lord provided a description of what was to be sacrificed and what was to be redeemed. He also reminded Moses of the annual feasts the people were to keep.
There is one of the Lord’s instructions that I don’t remember reading before although I might well have forgotten. The Lord said in Exodus 31 Verse 21, “Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel.” He assured Moses that he would cast out nations before the Israelites and no man would desire their land if they followed the instruction of going up to appear before the Lord God three times a year.
It seems that the Lord’s instructions were simple and reasonable and following them would not prohibit the Israelites from going about their lives in an ordinary way. If they simply followed the rules the Lord made for them and did not forget to come before him three times a year, they would be able to live safely under his protection.
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