Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel. For I will cast out nations before you and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land, when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year.
“You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with anything leavened, or let the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover remain until the morning. The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring to the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”
And the LORD said to Moses, “Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.”
by: Dorothy Noel.
When God gave these instructions to Moses, the Israelites were a nomadic people without a homeland. There were many tribes in the areas around them, and regular warfare meant people groups moved from homeland to homeland. Yet God’s instructions called the men to leave their homes to appear before Him, leaving themselves at risk for attack. God’s promise of protection while they were away demonstrates God’s love. Following God’s instructions here granted the Israelites freedom of movement their neighbors would not have had. How does following God’s direction grant you freedom today?'