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Burning your Bridges

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“…God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, because it was near, for God said, ‘Perhaps the people will reconsider when they see a war, and they will return to Egypt’.” ( Exodus 13:17).

Why did God make it well-near impossible for His People to return to Egypt? After all, the reason He took them out in the first place was because they screamed and cried for Him to take them out, so if in the future they might decide to go back, why not let them?

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We will do and we will hear

We will do and we will hear

The only way to fully understand a way of life is to take the risk of living it.

One of the most important phrases in the bible has often been used to characterize our faith as a whole. It consists of two Hebrew words: na’aseh venishma, literally, “We will do and we will hear” (Ex. 24:7). What does this mean and why does it matter?

There are two famous interpretations, one ancient, the other modern. The first, describe the enthusiasm and whole-heartedness with which the Israelites accepted the covenant with God at Mount Sinai. When they said to Moses, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do and we will hear”, they were saying, in effect: Whatever God asks of us, we will do – saying this before they had heard any of the commandments. The words “We will hear”, imply that they had not yet heard – not the Ten Commandments, or the other detailed laws that followed. So keen were they to signal their assent to God that they agreed to His demands before knowing what they were.

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