Instructions given to Moses on Mt Sinai by God was pretty straight forward with looking after their live stock to working the soil for 6 years and the 7th year the ground must rest. Chapter 22 is about humanity. Looking at Exodus 22 : 24 Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child...if thou afflict them in any wise,l and they cry at all unto me I will surely hear their cry...And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.
I watched a documentary Cinderella Children the other day and was amazed at one woman's courage and faith by packing up and moving over to Africa with her caravan and landing at a place called Kitgum in Uganda. Irene Gleeson is her name and her ministry started under a mango tree teaching orphaned children from the war and with God's help she has managed to build schools give medical aid and accommodation which now give these children hope. It now accommodates 6 000 children.
Here we can see that we have a compassionate God. Exodus 22: 27 For that is his covering only, it is his raiment for his skin; wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for am gracious.
Worshipping other gods by sacrifice will be set apart for destruction.
Today people are constantly moving from one country to another and sometimes one comes face to face with intolerance of a another race and here God's instructions is very clear Exodus 23: 9 You must not oppress a foreign resident; you yourselves know how it feels to be a foreigner because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.
God says in Exodus 23:13 Pay strict attention to everything I have said to you. You must not invoke the names of other god's; they must not be heard on your lips.
Observe the Festivals of Unleavened bread, the Festival of Harvest with the first fruits of your produce from what you sow in the field and the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather your produce from the field. Exodus 23: 14-19
Do not eat meat from a mauled animal found in the field; throw it to the dogs Exodus 22: 31
This verse is amazing Exodus 24: 9-17 (KJ) Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and A-bi-hu and seventy of the elders of Israel...And they saw the God of Israel; and there was under his feet as it were paved worked of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in His clearness...And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand; also they saw God, and did eat and drink
Verse 12. And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there; and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
God's covenant was sealed by the sprinkling of blood on the people concerning these words. Exodus 23:8
Then Matthew 26:28 (KJ) For this is my blood of the new testament (covenant), which is shed for many for the remission of sins