I'm starting to really enjoy getting to the end of the week and reflecting on what I've read the past seven days. I catch up on reading the staff blogs, I go through and review my highlighted sections from the week and I make sure I have a general understanding of what I've read before moving forward. Reflection. Remembering. Reviewing. And today, we are in the middle of the transition of power that Moses is preparing. This second address to his people is overflowing with commandments to remember, important times in history worth reviewing and instructions to reflect on.
What I find exciting, is that in the midst of a time in our history that we find extremly hard to relate to--at the end of bloody wars, amazing acts of supernatural power from heaven, a constant whining from the people of Israel--we get a section of scripture that leaps off the page and grabs you with its beautiful depiction of the God we serve today. There's not a bullet point below that falls into the category of confusing, head-scratching Old Testament theology. This is an oasis passage, at least for me.
Take a few minutes and reflect, remember and review the points below from today's reading:
- Fear God and serve only him.
- Do what God commands and do not make turns to the right or to the left.
- Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
- Keep God's commandments on your heart. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you go to bed and when you get up. Write them on the door frames of your homes. Keep them in front of you at all times.
- Do not forget what the Lord has done for you.
- Do not follow other gods. For the God is among you.
- Do not put God to the test.
- God is faithful.
- Those who hate God will face their destruction.
- God will not hesitate to lead you into the wilderness to humble and test you in order to know what is in your heart and whether or not you would keep his commands.
- We do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
- As a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.
- When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise God for what he has given you.
- God gives you the ability to produce wealth.
This has been some of the richest text we've encountered in one day and all of the above paints a picture of who God is. I'm excited to continue our journey as we discover more and more about the mighty and incredible God we sometimes so flippantly serve throughout our days.
God, humble me in your presence. And continue to teach me to lean not on my understanding, but on your infinite wisdom. Amen!