Continuing in our search for principles we can apply to modern believers found in the instructions that God gave to the Israelites, we’re going to pause in chapters 26 and 27.
At the end of Deuteronomy 26, we find an exchange that reminds me somewhat of marriage vows. Here’s what it says,
“You have declared this day that the LORD is your God and that you will walk in his ways, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws, and that you will obey him. And the LORD has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame, and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he promised.”
I can picture the minister, looking down at the loving couple and announcing to all gathered, “You have declared here in the presence of these witnesses…..I now pronounce you man and wife.”
Perhaps we need a similar declaration at baptisms? Or maybe just a reminder for the church body now and then…Hey church, remember what you promised God? Remember the contract you made with him?
Reminders of expectations
Another reminder that we see in chapter 27 tickles me a bit. Just before entering the Promised Land, Moses instructs the Levites to stand on a mountain and recite curses to all the people. A reminder of the consequences of the things God told them not to do. Eleven “cursed is the man who” statements that they shouted at the people.
Now, to be fair, they also blessed the people. But in this chapter, only the curses are recorded.
What tickles me is that, as a mom, I can remember sitting in the car before taking my kids somewhere and reminding them of the expectations.
“There will be no….”
“Don’t even think about…”
“I expect you to…”
Moms everywhere know that kids that are prepped immediately before an activity are far more likely to behave than those that are maybe just reminded of expectations at random times. Being reminded of the consequences of not following directions keeps those expectations in our mind as we enter the situation. God knows that we are the same.
Perhaps this would be helpful to us in our daily lives as well. Reminding ourselves of the expectations God holds for us, especially before entering possibly tempting or difficult circumstances, could help to keep us on the narrow path.
We’re going to read more about blessings and curses tomorrow. Stay tuned…
Today’s Bible passage can be read or listened to at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+24-27&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s reading will be Deuteronomy 28-29 as we continue the 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan