“Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst” (Exodus 34:12)
Moses guided the children of Israel numbering around twenty lakhs from Egypt towards Canaan. Canaan is a place where honey and milk were flowing. It was the Promised Land for the forefathers. There were seven nations and thirty-one kings to oppose him. Moses who was like their spiritual father cautioned the children of Israel in behaving with the gentiles. He also cautioned them over the three kinds of snare they may use against the children of Israel.
First, the snare by name ‘Covenant’: When God has given the entire nation in your hands you should not compromise with the Canaanites and its kings through any covenant. In future, it may become a snare for them. Similarly, Paul cautions us too who are in the New Testament time, over a snare. What is that?
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has a light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?” (II Corinthians 6:14-16).
Second, the ‘Idol worship of the gentiles’: God warned “They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me. For, if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.” (Exodus 23:33) (Deuteronomy 7:16).
When the children of Israel were in Acacia Grove they began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods and the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel. Because of this around twenty-four thousands of the Israelites lost their lives (Numbers 25:1-9). God advises “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen (I John 5:21).
Third, the ‘the unwanted words’: “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise (Proverbs 10:19). So satan will lead you to waste your precious time by speaking unwanted words. This will also lead to many problems and struggles.
Dear children of God, Pray to God as David did. “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips (Psalm 141:3). Let not your mouth keep running like a vehicle without a braking system. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. So be cautious of the words you speak.
To meditate: “The law of the wise is a fountain of life to turn one away from the snares of death.” (Proverbs 13:14)