Tag: marked as His people
Scripture reading for February 22nd: Deuteronomy 1-4
Deuteronomy has a literal meaning of “second law” because Moses was recounting for them their past experiences with God. This last book of Moses is a series of sermons that Moses gave in his last year with the Israelites, before he was taken to be with the Lord. The congregation consisted of all those younger ones who were 20 years old or less when the exodus occurred, except for Joshua and Caleb.
“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to Him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today? (Deuteronomy 4:7-8)
God’s presence for guidance and prayer is so special. God’s people were blessed to have a living God who cares for them and answers prayer. Moses reminded these people of God’s provision and how He met their needs when they cried to Him. He also gave them laws that made them a great nation. These laws made them “righteous” if they would obey them and contrasted them with the pagan nations of Canaan.
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Remember . . .” (Deuteronomy 4:9-10a)
A key word in Deuteronomy is “remember”! As a pastor, Moses is concerned that this younger generation will let their valuable lessons learned from forty years in the wilderness slip from memory. He is concerned about the children that have been born and will be born into God’s family. They must be taught by the parents and these lessons passed down so that the failures are not repeated and the successes are emphasized! If we don’t learn from history, it will be repeated!
These pastoral concerns are as real today as they were 3500 years ago. We are a people who must remember the Lord and teach our children. Discipleship is needed with each generation if faith is to be passed down. Take time today to remember all that the Lord has taken you through. Thank Him for His grace and goodness and remember your children!