30 And that we would not give our daughters unto the people of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons:

The latter part of chapter ten is a list of items that were considered to require special mention in the covenant, because of their seriousness, and because of the time's special abuses.

The very first one, at the top of the list, is that old stone of stumbling that had caused so much evil and corruption all down through their history right up to their own time-ALIEN

MARRIAGE-α wilful, presumptuous, premeditated breaking down the scriptural wall of separation and safety. *

31 And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.

The release of the seventh year was one of the most beautiful and wholesome and unworldly provisions of the Law-

"At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release . . .Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it... "

"He shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother, because it is called the Lord's release" (Deut. 15:1, 2).

And they could not circumvent this by refusing to lend, the same chapter commands them to lend to any in need. Consider the implications of this command! Every seventh year all debts were cancelled. It was designed for a purpose. It was designed to break the habit of obeying the selfish impulses of the flesh, and to develop large, wholesome, godly qualities of mind.

The basic evils of the flesh are the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life-that is, greed, lust, and pride. This comprehends all natural human motives.

The command was to give them practice in developing faith and overcoming greed-to break them out of the natural worldly way of thinking and acting. The commands of Christ carry even greater revolutionary and flesh-nullifying implications, if we will face them in their fulness.

The final item of the covenant is significant, especially in view of what happens later-

"And we will not forsake the house of our God" (v. 39).

We won't give up and get tired, or be drawn away by other interests. We will stick with it to the end.

Bro Growcott - Let us rise up and build