The verses before us this morning give something of a positive plan for Israel to retain covenant fidelity to Yahweh. Yes, the program echoes the covenant laws of Exodus 23, but they show that Israel’s covenant with Yahweh has two key facets. Israel must reject false gods, but they must also be devoted in heart and hand to Yahweh, the true God.
As I stand here, it’s hard to sense the great importance that this message could have for us as a church of Jesus Christ. Some of you have been or will be tempted to commit adultery in its various forms. The sick state of our present age, ranging from rampant divorce, atheism, pornography, homosexuality, and the transgender insanity, can be traced to the cold disregard for this one command of God. Yet this command remains as true today as it did 3400 years ago.