There is a lot happening in these chapters. Moses makes new tablets and goes back up Sinai. God renews his covenant with Israel. Moses explains the Tabernacle and takes up an offering for it, while commissioning its builders. But, in all this, there is something in today’s reading that stands out to me. As part of his covenant renewal, God warns Israel against intermingling with the current inhabitants of the Promised Land. God said this would lead the people astray, causing them to sin and worship idols.
This command made me think about the present day. What kind of people do we keep around? Do our friends and acquaintances push us closer to God or pull us away from him? We need to keep tabs on our circle of influence, knowing that they will have a real effect on how we live and grow. We would be foolish to think that we are the ones solely influencing others. It’s a two-way street, and sometimes one pull is stronger than another.
When is the last time you took a look at the people you keep around?